Position Description
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Armstrong State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Armstrong seeks an experienced and collaborative leader who will provide effective administration of its academic programs, articulate the academic goals of the institution, and provide strong leadership to enable the faculty to achieve those goals. Responsible directly to the President, the Provost coordinates the initiatives of the college deans, manages the administrative responsibilities of the Office of the Provost, and works closely with the Faculty Senate in defined areas of shared governance over issues of the curriculum and general academic concern. The Provost serves as the immediate supervisor to the college deans, the university librarian, the registrar, the directors for academic finance and the Armstrong Liberty Center, and two associate provosts. Areas of direct responsibility include: providing oversight and ensuring compliance for all academic policies and regulations; coordinating assessment, evaluation, and refinement of all academic programs with a view toward maintaining the quality and integrity of the curriculum; developing an annual academic budget and ensuring fiscal responsibility and equity in its allocation; continuing implementation of the strategic plan, Charting Excellence Together, and the Complete College Georgia initiatives; overseeing the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty; supporting and sustaining a culture of faculty excellence; and, ultimately, bearing responsibility for delivering on Armstrong’s commitment to student success through transformative learning experiences.

About Armstrong

Armstrong is located in beautiful Savannah, Georgia. Founded in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College, it is now a member of the University System of Georgia and designated as a four-year State University. With more than 7000 students and 260 full-time faculty members, it is one of the most vibrant institutions among its USG peers. Armstrong offers more than sixty undergraduate and graduate degrees through the College of Education, the College of Health Professions, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Science and Technology. In recent years, traditional modes of instruction have been complemented by delivery of courses and programs in online/blended formats, during evenings and on weekends, and at the Armstrong Liberty Center satellite campus in Hinesville, Georgia. Notwithstanding this growth, Armstrong remains small enough to maintain and foster a genuine sense of community among its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The recent addition of the Student Union, new residential facilities, and a state-of-the-art Learning Commons provide students with comfortable and collegial spaces for living and learning. Students prize the smaller class sizes and the close working relationships they can develop with the faculty. The 268-acre campus is a charming arboretum of local flora secluded on the south side of Savannah and in proximity to the splendid natural recreational areas of the Georgia coast and the historic downtown district with its ample venues for shopping, dining, theater, music and art.

Opportunities

The Provost will have the opportunity to build sustainable programs for academic success as the university engages the questions of how to best meet the expectations and experiences of today’s students. Armstrong’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in December 2013. As part of that re-affirmation process, the faculty instituted a new first-year experience program designed to foster student success and retention for its Quality Enhancement Plan. New degree programs in Business Economics and Biochemistry will debut in the fall. Ground-breaking for the new Armstrong Liberty Center in Hinesville will occur in September and plans for building new facilities for the College of Health Professions, the largest undergraduate health college in the state, have been approved. In order to meet the growing demands of institutional effectiveness and reporting, the Office of the Provost has been enlarged to include two associate provosts who directly supervise the Directors of Assessment, Institutional Research, Grants and Sponsored Programs, Faculty Development, Online/Blended Learning, Testing Services, the First-Year Experience, Orientation and Advisement, the Honors Program, International Education, and the Coordinators for Faculty Information and Hispanic Outreach. It is anticipated that the Provost will also have opportunities to shape the composition and focus of the academic leadership team by filling vacancies in the Dean positions.

Qualifications

Candidates for the position must possess the following qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited university in an academic discipline.
  • An exemplary record of teaching and scholarship sufficient to qualify for tenure at the rank of full professor in an academic department.
  • A minimum of five years of comprehensive academic administrative and leadership experience, with demonstrated successful experiences in program review, budget management, and the evaluation of tenured faculty.
  • A record of strong academic leadership that includes evidence of the ability to handle multiple complicated projects simultaneously with aplomb, tact, and decisiveness.
  • Demonstrated success in implementing proposals and accomplishing objectives.
  • Experience with multiple forms of course delivery and innovative pedagogical methods.
  • A demonstrated commitment to cultivating and managing a diverse academic community.
  • Exceptional communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred experiences include:

  • Demonstrated experience with strategic planning, enrollment and retention issues,
  • A thorough understanding of university budgeting, financial accountability, and the management of external funds.
  • Collaborative experiences with Student Affairs, Institutional Advancement, Fiscal and program development. management of external funds. Affairs, and other constituencies within the University.
  • Evidence of the ability to work with Armstrong’s partners in the academic, governmental, and private sectors to further the success of and support for the University’s mission.

To Apply

Complete the online application at: http://jobs.armstrong.edu/postings/2515 and upload a letter of interest that addresses the candidate’s experiences relevant to the qualifications and responsibilities of the position, a full curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for five references. References will not be contacted without permission. Official transcripts will be required before campus visits. Nomination and inquiries should be directed to Dr. Christopher M. Curtis by email at: provostsearch@armstrong.edu

Review of applications will begin August 22, 2014. The position is open until filled. The new Provost will start no later than July 1, 2015. Salary and benefits are competitive. Armstrong State University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Institution committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Georgia is an Open Records state.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background and credit investigation.