The Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) is the College’s chief academic officer and the senior member of the President’s Cabinet. The VPAA is responsible for providing leadership for the faculty, for the planning and implementation of academic policies, for providing guidance in the development of the curriculum, for fostering academic excellence, and for overseeing the overall budget for all academic units. Reporting to the VPAA are the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, School Deans, the Dean of Library Services, the Director of Service Learning, the Director of eLearning, the Director of TRIO Support Services, and the Director of the Camden Center. The VPAA also is responsible, along with the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and the School Deans, for oversight of academic advisement.
As a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President attends meetings of the Cabinet, participates in decisions which affect the internal and external constituencies of the College, attends internal and external meetings and functions which enhance the College’s effectiveness in its service region, and serves on college committees that pertain to the academic affairs of the College.
This is an administrative position which holds faculty status and is a tenured position. Persons holding administrative positions serve at the pleasure of the President and perform an appropriate combination of College and community service activities.
- Studies the essentials of excellence in four-year college education and participates in the formulation and administration of academic policies and procedures designed to achieve the purposes of the College.
- Communicates the aspirations, achievements, and needs of the faculty to the administration and communicates the policies of the administration to the faculty.
- Studies the educational needs of citizens living in Georgia and in concert with the faculty devises programs of study to meet these needs.
- Encourages the intellectual growth of the faculty and explores ways to improve the instructional program of the College.
- Provides leadership in ensuring the assessment of institutional, program and course student learning outcomes, as well as overseeing regular University System of Georgia Comprehensive Program Reviews.
- Serves as a responsible advisor to the faculty concerning the philosophy, purposes, and functions of the College, including the curriculum, methods of instruction, and class schedules, and in concert with the faculty, conducts a continuous study concerning how these aspects can be revised to the advantage of the College, the students, and the community.
- Oversees the reevaluation of existing curriculum and the development of new curriculum and academic programs at the College.
- Supervises and coordinates the preparation of the schedule of classes for each academic session that will meet the needs of the students, and provides an equitable division of labor for the faculty.
- Prepares reports regarding academic data on the curricula, the schedule of classes, faculty applications, and faculty workload as required by the College, the Board of Regents, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and other agencies and organizations.
- Provides an annual report reflecting the work of the schools and departments, and other reports of information for the President as requested.
- Conducts a continuous evaluation of progress in Academic Affairs pertaining to the achievement of the educational goals of the College and makes recommendations when needed for changing procedures to meet the purposes of the College.
- Is responsible, in consultation with School Deans, for carrying out procedures for faculty recruitment and evaluation and making recommendations to the President concerning appointment of faculty, promotions in rank, advances in salary, tenure, retention, non-retention and dismissal.
- Is responsible, in consultation with the President, for the evaluation of the School Deans and Directors and making recommendations to the President concerning advances in salary, retention, non-retention, and dismissal.
- Prepares and publishes the official annual academic calendar of the College, in consultation with other administrators, the faculty, and recommends to the President.
- Is responsible for a system of academic advisement which includes the academic oversight of all advisement, including students enrolled in Learning Support classes, to assure that Board of Regents policies are being followed.
- Supervises, coaches, and evaluates staff using proven and effective management techniques and within the guidelines of College policies and procedures; provides training and development opportunities for subordinates when appropriate.
- Oversees delivery of instruction to off-campus sites and by distance learning techniques and supervises faculty and other personnel at off-campus instructional sites.
- Works collaboratively in a positive manner with the other vice presidents to further the mission of the College and academic affairs.
- Chairs the Deans Council.
- Serves as an advisor to and an ex-officio member of the Faculty Senate and all pertinent Senate committees.
- Assumes the campus responsibilities of the President when the President is absent or incapacitated.
- Assumes all related responsibilities and performs other duties, as assigned.
- An earned doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a minimum of five years of progressive leadership experience in higher education.
- College-level teaching experience and appropriate scholarly record commensurate with that of a tenured professor.
- A knowledge of and appreciation for the role of instructional technology in teaching and learning.
- A strong commitment to fostering an atmosphere inclusive of diverse cultures and individuals, as well as respecting the importance of a diverse learning environment.
- Proven leadership ability to create a campus culture that promotes student retention, progression, and graduation.
- Effectively communicate with a diverse student body, faculty and staff, other university constituents, and external organizations, valuing and supporting differences.
- Ability to think strategically and align operational needs with organizational development initiatives, inclusive of responsible fiscal management.
- Experience with grant contract activities to enhance programs, services, and funding.
- A commitment to providing services in accordance with the stated mission, goals, objectives, and priorities of the College, as well as a strong focus in service-learning experiences.