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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Position Details

Position Information

Posting Number S00775P
Position Title Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Department Division of Academic Affairs
Salary not listed
Grant Funded No
Location Main Campus
Faculty, Staff, Admin or Student Administrator
Number of Vacancies 1
Position Summary

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic and strategy officer for the University. All academic and related units, including the colleges, the library, undergraduate studies, graduate studies, international studies, on-line program implementation and development, faculty development, academic program development and review, chief information officer, and chief research officer report to the Provost.

The Provost oversees academic and budgetary policy and priorities and maintains an environment for educational excellence through faculty involvement in scholarship and service. In addition the Provost also has oversight responsibility for issues associated with recruiting, hiring, retention and performance of faculty and academic administrators and for the promotion and tenure process at the University.


Minimum Required Education

Candidates for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will possess an earned doctorate or other terminal degree in an appropriate discipline.

Minimum Required Experience

• A distinguished record of teaching, scholarship and service sufficient to warrant appointment at the rank of full professor.

• A record of at least five years of successful leadership and administrative experience as head of a major academic unit at the dean level or above with substantive evidence of innovative and effective leadership in academic planning and implementation, program-development, personnel, team building and budget management.

Minimum Required Licenses and/or Certifications


Preferred Qualifications


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Ability to provide vision and leadership.

• Ability to drive new initiatives to fruition.

• Ability to make decisions in a timely manner.

• Able to work constructively and effectively with faculty, staff, students, alumni and other stakeholders.

• Able to work with a diverse group of academicians in the spirit of shared governance.

• Able to think innovatively and strategically regarding 21st century higher education trends.

• Able to defend the university’s self-interest.

• Able to present the university professionally and publicly at all times.

• Flexible enough to change with the rapidly evolving technological base in education.

• Able to interact with and influence stakeholders and external decision makers.

• Able to delegate tasks.

• Able to use standard business productivity software, hardware and office equipment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs shall:
• Provide leadership and serve as chief officer for the University in the absence of the President, serves on the President’s Cabinet and works across University lines in implementing the goals and objectives of the University.

• Coordinate and provide leadership for the University Strategic Planning Process that fosters student academic success in creating an active student centered learning environment both in the classroom and beyond, and enhancing academic research, scholarship and creative activity.

• Evaluate the performance of the Associate and Assistant Provosts, Deans, Directors, and Staff under the direct supervision of the Vice President.

• Delegate authority to the Deans and Directors to operate their units within the policies, procedures, authority and guidelines of the University.

• Facilitate appropriate academic program development and program elimination when applicable.

• Coordinate accreditation efforts and the preparation of necessary reports to all accrediting agencies.

• Receives and considers recommendations from Deans and Directors concerning all matters pertaining to their units.

• Supporting the leadership team by hiring for mission, providing timely and direct feedback, creating opportunity for personal and professional development growth, providing incentives for high performance and ensuring success.

• Supporting student success and learning through the many learning venues and modalities in the University including assessment, student learning outcomes, curricular and non-curricular opportunities.

• Prepares and manages the academic budget and develop policies and procedures to govern budget allocations and priorities.

• Keeps the President informed about matters pertaining to the operation of the instructional organization.

• Oversees and coordinate special academic programs such as Honors College, University College and Academic Enhancement Center (Richard Wright Center).

• Prepares and provide necessary action items for tenure, sabbatical leaves, promotion, budget adjustments, etc. for submission to the President for action by IHL.

• Meets regularly with the Deans Council, Directors, Faculty Senate Leadership and other academic groups to resolve issues involving the education process.

• Perform other duties as designated by the President.

Posting Detail Information

EEO Statement

Jackson State University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Background Check Statement

Jackson State University is committed to providing a safe campus. JSU conducts background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include reference checks, criminal history/record check and when appropriate a credit report or driving history report.

Open Date 08/23/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled (overrides close field) Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Other Document 1
  3. Other Document 2
  4. Other Document 3
  5. Other Document 4