Department:: Academic Affairs
Supervises: Academic Unit Directors, The Registrar, and AUM Librarian
Reports To: President
Classification Level: Administrator, Exempt
Percentage of Effort: 100%
General Summary: The Provost/VPAA, the campus chief academic officer, provides comprehensive leadership for, and effective management of, all educational programs and activities of Antioch University Midwest (AUM) consistent with the mission of Antioch University as a whole. The Provost/VPAA is responsible for the administration of all AUM academic programs and the faculty hiring, development, and evaluation processes as well as for hiring, supervising, and evaluating academic support personnel in consultation with the President and
the University Chancellor.
The Provost/VPAA reports directly to the AUM President and serves as a member of the AUM Executive Team (the senior advisory group), Budget Committee, and other committees and task forces as necessary. The Provost/VPAA also is the administrative liaison to the Faculty Assembly. In addition, the Provost/VPAA serves on the Antioch University Academic Council (UAC) where s/he is responsible for contributing to University-wide academic initiatives with other representatives of Antioch University campuses.
The Provost/VPAA serves as the campus Academic Liaison Officer to AUM’s specialized accrediting body – NCATE/CAEP – and coordinates with the University Office of Academic Affairs regarding communication with other accrediting or regulatory bodies that may oversee academic programs at AUM. The Provost/VPAA also plays a key leadership role in AUM’s integrated marketing, public relations, advancement, and enrollment management activities.
The Provost/VPAA must possess a deep commitment to progressive education, participatory governance, and social justice. The position requires knowledge of and experience in creatively leading and managing innovative faculty in the development, implementation, and evaluation of non-traditional curricular offerings and national and international programs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties and responsibilities of the Provost/VPAA include the following:
A. Academic Quality
1. Promote quality and progressive educational vision in all academic programs.
2. Provide leadership in developing and implementing strategic planning objectives for academic programs consistent with standards of quality.
3. Develop and implement policies/procedures that assure high academic standards and respect for AUM’s educational model.
4. Appoint, after broad consultation, Academic Unit Directors.
5. Consult with the Unit Directors on the processes of hiring and evaluating Core Faculty and Academic Program Chairs consistent with University policy and standards that promote academic quality.
6. Ensure adherence to accreditation and licensure requirements, and lead the process of preparing accreditation/licensure materials and managing the accreditation/licensure site visit processes, in coordination with the University Office of Academic Affairs as needed.
7. Participate, in leadership roles where possible, in a wide range of professional higher education organizations on behalf of AUM.
B. Curriculum and Program Development
1. Provide curriculum development and new program development leadership in collaboration with Core Faculty, Academic Program Chairs, and Unit Directors.
2. Evaluate curricula and programs in relationship to AUM and University-wide mission, goals, and objectives.
3. Oversee AUM academic planning process and coordinate this with overall institution strategic planning efforts.
4. Approve, after consultation, academic elements of articulation agreements with other higher education institutions.
5. Facilitate communication among academic programs and coordinate with other Antioch University campuses and the University Office of Academic Affairs as appropriate.
6. Have an understanding of and appreciation for International Programs for adult learners.
7. Be technology savvy and understand place of on-line, hybrid, as well as place-based programs.
C. Faculty Development
1. Promote the development of faculty as professionals and scholars within the Antioch community and academia more broadly.
2. Make recommendations to the Chancellor regarding continuing and new faculty appointments based on annual faculty evaluations conducted by Unit Directors.
3. Work to improve the quality of intellectual and workplace life for faculty.
4. Handle grievances involving faculty and academic support personnel, as necessary.
D. Academic Support Services
1. Provide leadership in developing and implementing strategic planning objectives for academic support areas.
2. Supervise, coach, and evaluate academic support services staff including the Departments of the Registrar, and Library Director.
3. Hold a strong appreciation for and understanding of adult students and their academic needs.
4. Understand finance of higher education in general not just academic programs.
E. Institutional Governance
1. Serve on the AUM Budget Committee, and other committees and task forces as
2. Serve on the AUM Executive Team (ET).
3. Serve as administrative liaison to the AUM Faculty Assembly.
4. Serve on the Antioch University Academic Council (UAC).
5. Serve as the Academic Liaison Officer to all professional accrediting bodies
associated with AUM programs.
F.Performs other duties as assigned by the President.
REQUIREMENTS and QUALIFICATIONS
The following background and competencies are required of the Provost/VPAA:
1. An earned doctorate from an accredited institution of higher education.
2. At least 5 years successful teaching experience, or equivalent, in an accredited institution of higher education.
3. At least 5 years successful administrative experience, or equivalent, in an accredited institution of higher education at the department chair level or above. Preferably this experience is from multiple institutions and demonstrates an advocacy for, familiarity
with, and understanding of adult learners.
The successful candidate will also have the following qualifications:
1. Scholarly and professional competence as demonstrated by a record of publication and/or scholarly activity within the academic profession.
2. Demonstrated leadership in developing, articulating, and implementing innovative academic programs and their delivery models that are consistent with Antioch’s mission and educational philosophy.
3. Demonstrated competence as a higher education leader and administrator including skills in organization, management, finance, and communication (i.e., the business of higher education). Demonstrated success in grants development and fund raising
in an academic arena preferred.
4. Demonstrated success in collaboration with others (e.g., The Board of Trustees, President, Chancellor, colleagues in the areas of marketing and enrollment management, faculty, staff, students, external partners and other campus
5. Demonstrated competence in working with emerging technologies and their applications to the learning environment. Communicates effectively in listening, speech, and writing, and can be an articulate and persuasive spokesperson for AUM, the University, and its mission.
6. Demonstrated ability to work effectively across cultures and to foster a culture of inclusivity.
7. Is a strategic thinker and courageous leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and a sense of urgency, combining a transparent and supportive leadership style with strong skills in conflict-resolution.
Hours of Employment: This is a full-time position. A schedule will be established in consultation with the President.
Compensation and Benefits: Salary is DOE. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, prescription drug service and life insurance, paid holidays, sick and vacation leave, and retirement plan. Employees are eligible for tuition benefit after one year of employment.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.