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Position Details


Location Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
Department PSU Academic Affairs     [PAACFX]
Summary of Position

Plymouth State University (PSU) invites applications for the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. We seek a visionary and collaborative leader to serve as Provost. The successful candidate will be experienced in collaborative leadership and have a demonstrated commitment to teaching, learning, and student success. This individual will be: an innovative thinker with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills; flexible and inter-culturally competent; a leader who fosters relationship building, community, and a sense of working together for the good of the University.

The Provost will report to PSU’s visionary President, Dr. Donald L Birx, who believes in enhancing student success through a collaborative and integrated approach to education. The Provost will have an opportunity to engage in innovative and collaborative administrative leadership at PSU as we work together to transform our institution and create a first-of-its-kind university organized around Integrated Clusters. Integrated Clusters are transformative, multi-discipline learning communities that promote critical thinking, collaboration, and career preparation by valuing innovation, entrepreneurship, engaged teaching and learning, and interdisciplinary scholarship.
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As we transition away from an organizational model of deans, colleges, departments, and department chairs, our new Provost will be working closely with the Cluster Leadership teams and discipline families to form and implement Integrated Clusters, thus engaging far more directly with faculty and staff than within traditional hierarchical organizational models. Our new Provost will be working in partnership with our faculty, staff, and President as we continue to develop and shape the Integrated Clusters and co-create an educational experience that will be unique to PSU.

Most importantly, the Provost will be expected to lead the long term evolution of our Integrated Clusters with care and intentionality. This role will require continuous collaboration and relationship building with and among Integrated Cluster leadership, administration, faculty, staff, students, and community members with a focus on strategic planning, partnership and team building, and thoughtful risk taking.

Additional Job Information

Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is otherwise closed at the University’s discretion.

Posting Number/Job Order # PS0639FY18
Acceptable minimum level of education Doctorate
Acceptable minimum years of experience 5-7 years
Other minimum qualifications

Earned Doctorate or Terminal degree
Successful experience in a leadership role at the level of Provost or comparable position
Knowledge of how current issues and trends in higher education can change existing educational practices so we may meet 21st century challenges proactively
Successful record of collaboration and partnership building with internal and external constituents
Demonstrated experience with effective and collaborative strategic planning, fiscal management, and resource allocation
Demonstrated experience leading ongoing efforts to exceed accreditation standards
Demonstrated effective support for faculty and staff development
Demonstrated record of successfully accomplishing complex tasks with limited financial resources
Appreciation for a diversity of learners and teachers and demonstrated ability to build and implement an infrastructure that ensures success for all members of an academic community.
Demonstrated success with leading organizational change

Additional Preferred Qualifications
Salary Information

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

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Percent Time Information (FTE) 1.00
Grade E2
EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

PSU is a coeducational, residential university located in the scenic heart of the Lakes and White Mountain Region of New Hampshire with an enrollment of approximately 4,300 undergraduate students and 3,000 graduate students. We pride ourselves in being a community that cultivates respectful and reciprocal relationships across all facets of our constituencies. We serve the state of New Hampshire and the world beyond by transforming our students through high impact teaching and learning practices. PSU connects with NH schools, community organizations, and business partners to promote economic development, technological advances, healthier living, and educational and cultural enrichment with a special commitment of service to the North Country and Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Essential values of PSU are our dedication to the success of our students, to service, and to teaching excellence.
Our PSU Integrated Cluster model brings together our Undergraduate and Graduate students and programs, drawing upon our legacy of partnerships, community engagement, experiential learning, and student research. Our goal is to have the Integrated Cluster model fully operational by fall of 2021. The seven Integrated Clusters are:

1. Arts and Technologies
2. Education, Democracy and Social Change
3. Exploration and Discovery
4. Health and Human Enrichment
5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship
6. Justice and Security
7. Tourism, Environment and Sustainable Development

As we transition away from an organizational model of deans, colleges, departments, and department chairs, our new Provost will be working closely with the Cluster Leadership teams and discipline families to form and implement Integrated Clusters, thus engaging far more directly with faculty and staff than within traditional hierarchical organizational models. Our new Provost will be working in partnership with our faculty, staff, and President as we continue to develop and shape the Integrated Clusters and co-create an educational experience that will be unique to PSU.
Now is an exciting time to join Plymouth State University and help shape a new model for higher education that will ultimately transform this university and influence tomorrow’s leaders.

Posting Details

Posting Date 10/16/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date 11/30/2017
Posting Open to Internal Candidates Only? No
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? No
Job Category Salaried Staff (Exempt)
Appointment Type Regular
If TERM position provide projected end date
DOT Safety Information None applicable

Duties / Responsibilities

Job Duties


A. Academic Leadership
The Provost serves as the University’s chief academic officer. The Provost must ensure the high quality of academic programs, curriculum, instruction, and the selection, development, and evaluation of faculty while working collaboratively with university stakeholders and constituents to fulfill the University strategic plan, vision, and goals.

Through collaborative leadership the Provost:

1. Facilitates the development and implementation of the Integrated Cluster model

2. Provides strategic vision and leadership for innovative curriculum and program development in collaboration with academic leadership, cluster leadership, faculty, staff, community partners, and students

3. Ensures adherence with policies and procedures that assure high academic standards and respect for the Plymouth State University learning model

4. Collaborates with Academic Affairs Units, Administration, Advancement and Alumni Relations, Admissions, Student Affairs, Cluster Leadership, faculty, and staff to generate and utilize effective and accessible assessment data to create appropriate strategies for improving student learning, retention, and completion rates

5. Engages and facilitates reciprocal partnerships between the university and business/industry, not-for-profit organizations, and educational institutions

6. Facilitates effective, transparent, and respectful communications, keeping the community informed of processes and activities
7. Facilitates collaborative working relationships across all areas of the university to achieve institutional priorities
8. Facilitates and models an environment that fosters open discussion and debate with respect for a diversity of ideas and perspectives.


B. Accreditation
Through collaborative leadership the Provost:

1. Provides oversight for institutional and program specific accreditation and cycles of program review, assessment, and planning

2. Provides leadership for University strategic academic planning that leverages the Integrated Cluster model, coordinates with institutional strategic planning, and ensures implementation and results


C. Faculty Employment and Development
Through collaborative leadership the Provost:

1. Establishes priorities and plans for faculty recruitment with Cabinet and Cluster Leadership

2. Ensures the integrity of the processes of hiring and appointing faculty

3. Ensures effective mechanisms for comprehensive professional development that supports innovative pedagogy, curriculum development, assessment strategies, service learning, leadership, external partnership development, emerging technologies and skill sets, and scholarship

4. Provides oversight and decision-making in faculty evaluation: annual evaluation, promotion and tenure process, re-appointment, and annual salary increases


D. Administrative and Financial Responsibilities
Through collaborative leadership the Provost:

1. Strategically develops and oversees sustainable planning for Academic Affairs related budgets; coordinates planning, allocation, and use of fiscal resources within Integrated Clusters with Cluster Leadership teams

2. Provides leadership for the Academic Affairs Units, engaging with staff and faculty in strategic proactive planning to optimize student supports, systems operations and resources, supports for Integrated Clusters, and University needs

3. Works closely with Information Technology, Cluster Leadership, faculty, and staff to ensure the most advanced technologies are intentionally integrated into PSU’s curriculum, pedagogies, and system processes

4. Oversees compliance with the terms of contracts with collective bargaining units and participates in the negotiating process

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents