Provost Search: Position Profile

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University of the Ozarks, an institution that blends the liberal arts and professional preparation with a focus on Christian values, invites applications and nominations for the next Provost at the University. The new Provost will assume office on or about June 1, 2014.

Position and Qualifications

As the University's chief academic officer, the Provost is a visionary motivator of the college faculty in the pursuit of the school's mission. The Provost is expected to understand, critically analyze, and provide solutions to underlying challenges that not only affect the faculty, but the entire institution.

The Provost oversees multiple areas of academic support and administration, including Ozarks Outdoors, the Walton International Scholars Program and the nationally acclaimed Jones Learning Center, a fee-based comprehensive program designed specifically to assist students with learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the college level. The Provost also oversees and administers the office of Student Support Services (SSS), a Trio program which supports college retention and graduation rates.

In addition to oversight of these areas, the Provost will:

  • Serve as the University's chief executive officer during the President's absence from campus.
  • Encourage and support activities to enhance the professional and pedagogical skills of the faculty.
  • Support the faculty governance process through participation in meetings and policy discussions with faculty committees.
  • Oversee the ongoing process of comprehensive institutional assessment.
  • Contribute significantly to the revision process for the University's strategic plan and oversee subsequent implementation.
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of direct reports.
  • Monitor and implement accreditation policies and procedures.
  • Negotiate and oversee the preparation of faculty contracts.
  • Create and monitor systems, processes and practices which will ensure fiscal accountability.
  • Support the University's commitment to diversity in recruitment and retention of faculty and academic staff.
  • Monitor the quality and condition of instructional facilities and offices and advocate for needed upgrades as part of the University master plan.

The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate from an accredited institution, demonstrated excellence in teaching, and a liberal arts background. In addition, the candidate should exhibit evidence of a strong commitment to leadership and academic quality, an ability to foster and evaluate excellence in teaching, experience with program planning and assessment, strong interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work collegially with faculty and diverse constituencies, and a commitment to University of the Ozarks' Christian mission. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in strategic planning, evidence of fiscally responsible management practices, and evidence of a commitment to international education and literacy.

For full consideration, all application materials should be received on or before March 3, 2014. Applications should include a letter addressing the candidate's educational philosophy as well as evidence of the candidate's key leadership characteristics as related to this position. A curriculum vitae and the names, titles, and full contact information of five references should also be included. All inquiries, nominations and applications should be sent electronically to the Search Committee via:

Schuyler Isley, Search Director
Higher Plain Executive Placement
ozarks@higherplain.com
(773) 527‐0333 x. 108

In keeping with Higher Plain's core commitments to honesty, integrity, and consistency, all inquiries and applications will be handled and evaluated in full confidence.

University of the Ozarks is Equal Opportunity employer.



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