Professor, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs - The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa Alabama

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama


United States
(0809218)

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Detailed Job Description

The Provost is the University’s chief academic officer and reports directly to the President and represents the President in his or her absence. Broad and comprehensive responsibilities include strategic academic planning including the direction and growth of academic programs, academic program review, approval of faculty and academic staff appointments, the development of academic policy, and fiscal management for the academic enterprise. The Provost is expected to provide the academic and administrative leadership to achieve a high standard of excellence in instruction and scholarship.


The University of Alabama invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Responsibilities:
The Provost is the University’s chief academic officer and reports directly to the President and represents the President in his or her absence. Broad and comprehensive responsibilities include strategic academic planning including the direction and growth of academic programs, academic program review, approval of faculty and academic staff appointments, the development of academic policy, and fiscal management for the academic enterprise. The Provost is expected to provide the academic and administrative leadership to achieve a high standard of excellence in instruction and scholarship.

The Provost’s principal responsibilities are the coordination of faculty, staff, and student activities in defining and implementing the University’s academic mission. The Provost is expected to promote excellence in teaching, research, and outreach both within and across the 13 schools, colleges, and related academic areas that are part of this University; among the sister universities in The University of Alabama System; and with other educational institutions in this state, the region, and elsewhere. She/he should be committed to working with the Vice President for Research to enhance the research profile of the University. The Provost is expected to sustain the emphasis on diversity of which The University of Alabama is justifiably proud. This diversity shall be evident not only in the demographic characteristics of the students, staff, and faculty but also in the variety of ideas, opinions, scholarly perspectives, and educational enterprises throughout the University. The Provost must have a demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of students and staff as well as faculty, and experience in stimulating collaboration of pedagogical and scholarly activity across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

Qualifications:
♦ An earned doctorate from an accredited institution;
♦ A record of academic achievement in teaching and research commensurate with appointment to the rank of professor in a discipline offered at the University;
♦ A proven record as an academic administrator;
♦ A clear vision for the role of a comprehensive public university in teaching, research, outreach, economic development, and service in the 21st century;
♦ Evidence of commitment to the concept of a student-centered university and to a tier one faculty research environment;
♦ Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills including evidence of an ability to facilitate collaboration with and among diverse faculty, staff, administrators and students across the University;
♦ A commitment to student success;
♦ Experience in setting an academic agenda and leading within a complex dynamic and diverse university;
♦ Evidence of fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for students, faculty, staff and administrators.

Applications:
To apply for this position, go to https://facultyjobs.ua.edu and apply to requisition number 0809218. Attach your resume and names, addresses and phone numbers of five references, and a cover letter summarizing your interest in and qualifications for the position.

Inquiries concerning the position should be directed to:

Dr. Carl A. Pinkert, Chair
Provost Search Committee
Office of the President
Box 870100
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

The position will remain open until filled. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on January 12, 2015.

Additional Position Information

Institution:
Founded in 1831 as the state’s first university and the capstone of higher education, The University of Alabama is a comprehensive, student centered research university. Dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service, UA provides a creative, nurturing campus environment where students can become the best individuals possible, learn from the highly qualified faculty and make a positive difference in the community, the state, and the world.

The University of Alabama has seen unprecedented growth in both quality and numbers since 2003, with enrollment topping 30,000 for the first time in fall 2010 and reaching more than 36,000 in fall 2014. Students come from every state in the nation and from more than 78 countries. UA is a leader among flagship universities nationwide in the enrollment of African Americans (14 percent).

UA has planned carefully for this expansion, adding faculty, facilities and support functions to provide an excellent education to all students. As students and their families across the country recognize the quality and value UA offers, the University has welcomed excellent freshman classes year after year, with each new class exceeding the last in academic quality.

At the undergraduate level, The University of Alabama offers a comprehensive range of baccalaureate programs in the arts and humanities and in scientific, technological, pre-professional, and professional fields. A university-wide core curriculum provides a strong general education component as the keystone of every undergraduate degree. Academically, students can choose from more than 200 fields of study and learn in a campus environment where the student / faculty ratio averages 21:1. Participation in original research and creative activities is an important part of many students’ undergraduate experience at UA and more than 600 undergraduates showcase their research and creative activity projects at the University’s annual “Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference.”

Graduate programs, built on these strong undergraduate foundations, concentrate on the development of original scholarship and competence in research. In selected areas, including the state’s only public law school, professional programs develop the highest levels of competence and leadership. The School of Law is ranked 23rd in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and the colleges of communication and business have been recognized nationally as well.

The colleges and schools include:
♦ College of Arts and Sciences
♦ Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration
♦ College of Communication and Information Sciences
♦ College of Community Health Sciences
♦ College of Continuing Studies
♦ College of Education
♦ College of Engineering
♦ Graduate School
♦ Honors College
♦ College of Human Environmental Sciences
♦ School of Law
♦ College of Nursing
♦ School of Social Work

The University employs approximately 1,800 full-time faculty. Faculty members work closely with students and many involve students at both undergraduate and graduate levels in basic and applied research.
Faculty research productivity is high. Restricted contract and grant expenditures for the past three years averaged $72 million, and restricted research expenditures averaged $40 million.

The University of Alabama assumes a leadership role in the intellectual, social, and economic advancement of the state and region, and has been a prime mover in economic development, business, and corporate recruitment. A powerful engine for economic development, UA annual contributes more than $2.3 billion to the state’s economy.

The University of Alabama’s stunning 1,026 acre campus is a proven recruitment tool. The University has made $1.95 billion in capital improvements in less than a decade with more than 72 buildings added to the campus since 2003. The last phase of a 900,000 four-building science and engineering complex opened in August 2013 providing extensive modern facilities for research in these critical areas. The new home for the Capstone College of Nursing provides an elegant gateway to the campus along with the latest labs and equipment for the nursing profession. Numerous older academic buildings have been extensively renovated and expanded. The University has added 12 new residence halls since 2003.

The University of Alabama is a state-assisted institution with an annual budget of $875 million. For 2014-15, the state appropriation was $146 million and accounted for approximately 17 percent of the budget. UA reported some $81 million in private giving in FY 2013. UA’s endowment is approximately $617.6 million.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Under Other Document 1, attach list with names, addresses and phone numbers of five references.



Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made. EOE/AA

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.

Keyword Phrases

  • VP ACADEMICS AFFAIRS OFFICE
  • The Capstone of Higher Education
  • Student Centered Research University
  • Fostering a diverse student body & workforce
  • Academic Vice Presidents & Provosts
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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Vice President
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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