North Dakota State University invites applications and nominations for the position of PROVOST. Review of candidate materials will begin on February 3, 2014. It is anticipated that the new Provost will begin service during the summer of 2014.
Proud of and committed to its historic land-grant mission, NDSU is ranked in the National Science Foundation’s top-100 research universities and has attained the Carnegie Classification of “Research Universities/Very High Research Activity.” As such, it is not only the top-ranked university in North Dakota, but also in its five-state region.
The state of North Dakota currently enjoys a strong economy, built on historically strong and increasing agricultural productivity that leads the country in twelve commodities, and bolstered by a productive energy industry with an anticipated viability extending several decades into the future. North Dakota’s economic strength provides a spring- board for steadily increasing opportunities to apply NDSU’s research and discoveries including partnerships with external entities such as the second largest Microsoft campus in the nation outside of Redmond, Washington.
Reflecting the broadening success and priorities of the University, the Provost not only serves as the chief academic officer of NDSU, but also coordinates all university scholarly and instructional activities. The Provost reports directly to the President of North Dakota State University.
The successful candidate must have:
• An earned terminal degree
• A broad-based record of administrative and scholarly experience in research university settings including leadership of a university division, college or school, with direct supervisory experience for units reporting to that entity, along with significant budget management experience
• An exemplary record of research/scholarship/creative activities, teaching, and service to university and broader communities
• A strong ability to communicate effectively as exemplified by the candidate’s writing, speaking and listening skills
• Experience with and responsibility for faculty development and evaluation of promotion and tenure
• A demonstrated understanding of and support for the broad range of programs comprising the unique mission of a land- grant university
• A demonstrated commitment to shared governance and collaborative leadership
• The desire to share, support and successfully articulate the President’s vision for the strategic direction and administration of the University
• Evidence of commitment to the objectives of affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity
PREFERRED LEADERSHIP CHARACTERISTICS
NDSU seeks a provost who demonstrates the ability and commitment to:
• Provide leadership and thrive as a team player in a dynamic and fast-moving environment
• Work positively, effectively, and collaboratively with administrative colleagues, faculty, staff, and students to implement the Strategic Priorities for the Provost
• Partner with stakeholders including the State Board of Higher Education, state and national legislative representatives, private sector business partners, community leaders, alumni and the public at large
• Continue advancement of the objectives of affirmative action, equal opportunity and development of a culturally and academically diverse campus
• Provide passionate, analytical, and forward-thinking leadership by working effectively with faculty, staff, students and administration to support a shared vision of continuous improvement and encourage high quality student learning and academic and research programs
• Demonstrate experienced, capable, and transparent fiscal management and ability to obtain internal and external financial support for the university in full collaboration and with the support of the Vice President for finance and administration, and administer such support appropriately to dependent constituencies
• Nourish NDSU’s emergence as a globally recognized leader in higher education and its land-grant mission via entrepreneurship, flexibility, and creativity
• Consistently demonstrate integrity to foster an environment of trust
Dr. Garry W. Owens of AGB Search will be assisting the NDSU Provost Search Committee. Prospective nominators or potential candidates are encouraged to first contact Dr. Owens directly prior to submitting materials. Dr. Owens’ contact information:
Dr. Garry W. Owens, Senior Consultant, AGB Search mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Application materials must be submitted electronically (MS Word or PDF) and should include the following: 1) a letter of interest that highlights specifically how the candidate’s experiences, qualifications, and philosophy meet the minimum and preferred qualifications listed in the complete position profile; 2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae; and, 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact — please also include your professional relationship with each of the listed references. For full consideration, application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to: http://jobs.ndsu.edu/ postings/4375 by the target date of February 3, 2014.
TOWARD THE FUTURE – STRATEGIC PRIORITIES FOR THE PROVOST
VALUING THE DISTICTIVE LAND-GRANT MISSION OF NDSU
The Provost, under the direction of the President and with the Vice Presidents and deans, will champion the importance and value of a premiere, student-focused, land-grant research institution to the state of North Dakota. The Provost must nurture an effective and diverse community of scholars and teachers, and value outreach as typified by the contributions locally and across the state through the NDSU Extension Service, County Extension Offices, North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and the Research Extension Centers.
ADVANCING ACADEMIC VISION AND MISSION
NDSU continues to develop its status as a world-class institution with cross- and multi-disciplinary academic and research programs led by a collaborative team of highly respected faculty. The Provost, in concert with the President’s vision, will have the opportunity to shape a distinctive model for higher education in the nation. NDSU’s faculty are commit- ted to maintaining a student-centered, intellectually exciting curriculum, focusing on preparing NDSU graduates to be well-rounded world citizens and successful and ethical professionals. Accordingly, the Provost must have the experience and insight to provide passionate leadership and advocacy for NDSU as it pursues its core mission of student learning and academic excellence. The Provost will need to prioritize and manage expectations within an evolving fiscal climate and sustain progress through academic and research partnerships, including the burgeoning NDSU Research and Technology Park, and the Tri-College University – a collaboration with Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Concordia College. This cooperative college arrangement is among the oldest in the country, and collectively links the 26,000 students of the three neighboring institutions of Fargo-Moorhead.
FOSTERING STUDENT SUCCESS AND INVOLVEMENT
The students of NDSU provide energy and innovation to help create a vibrant campus. In close collaboration with the Vice President for Student Affairs and the entire campus community, the Provost must foster an environment that cultivates student success both in and outside of the classroom. The Provost must be committed to providing the students of NDSU with an exceptional educational experience in the state’s most exciting and dynamic higher education environment.
ADVANCING A COMMITMENT TO RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY
As a research university, NDSU is a place of discovery com- mitted to the generation of new knowledge and related creative endeavors. Such activities are the underpinnings of academic excellence that enriches society and contributes to the economic vitality of the state, region, and nation. The Provost must have a proven record and clear understanding of research and creative excellence, as well as research development. Moreover, the Provost must understand the roles of an emerging world-class research university and the relationship of high-quality graduate programs to research and creative activities. Working with the President and campus community to develop and implement a shared academic vision, the Provost must expand research infrastructure and augment the overall research enterprise of the university to sustain the Carnegie Doctoral Granting Universities classification of Very High Research Activity (RU/VH), and lead NDSU’s growing achievements and the top-100 ranking by the National Science Foundation.
VALUING A VIBRANT AND DIVERSE FACULTY, ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF
The Provost will work with the vice presidents as well as deans and department heads to recruit and retain a diverse and exemplary faculty. Along with other faculty leaders, the Provost will encourage an effective governance model consistent with the institution’s mission and future direction. Consistent with this goal, the Provost will be an advocate for faculty and staff development. The Provost also will strive for transparency and consistency in evaluation of faculty for promotion and tenure. The Provost will integrate and demonstrably promote University goals for diversity and inclusion, and will continue to recruit and retain an enthusiastic, diverse, and skilled team of academic leaders who will effectively contribute to and enhance the overall land-grant mission of NDSU.
TURNING IDEAS INTO ACTION
NDSU must respond thoughtfully to the challenges of changing state demographics, shifts in the professional market in all of its academic programs, changes in technology, and the constantly evolving needs of its learners, both under- graduate and graduate as well as those served through research and extension activities throughout the state. The Provost must work with faculty, staff, and other academic administrators, North Dakota University System colleagues, and alumni as well as the vibrant local community to foster a culture of continuous learning and improvement by helping to map and assess strategic action plans to ensure that NDSU reaches its full potential.
FOSTERING PROGRAM STATURE
The strength of NDSU begins with the quality of its faculty, staff, students, and institutional partners. The unique array of cross-disciplinary programs must continue to grow in stature. The Provost must commit to an environment of inclusion and transparency, which should increasingly involve faculty, staff, and students as partners in decision- making processes as they help to set and meet the highest standards. The Provost will be an enthusiastic spokesperson for NDSU and the President’s vision with internal and external constituencies while continually advancing NDSU’s mission and its innovative academic and research programs.
PLANNING FOR CAMPUS FACILITIES
To create safe and productive scholarly environments, the Provost must work collaboratively with campus colleagues to ensure a shared vision of strategic facilities planning and
support. Opportunities exist for improved development and operation of facilities by use of efficient, proven, innovative, and environmentally sound technologies to ensure that
the campus facilities continue to nurture the growth of the university in the future.
NURTURING RELATIONSHIPS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Reflecting the President’s vision, the Provost will work with the vice presidents to enhance NDSU’s standing among the varied constituencies it serves. This includes participating on national, state and local boards; developing alliances with local and regional service organizations and local and state businesses; and fostering positive relations with foundations, granting agencies, university alumni, and both state and national legislative representatives.
STRENGTHENING GRANTS AND PHILANTHROPIC DEVELOPMENT
The Provost will need to collaborate with the President and the university’s development team to build a robust frame- work to support groundbreaking and innovative academic initiatives. This will involve planning with faculty, academic administrators, staff, alumni and other partners to establish fundraising priorities, identify potential grants, friends and donors, and encourage their engagement and support of NDSU initiatives and programs.
ENSURING INVOLVEMENT AND TRANSPARENCY
The steady and substantial growth of the institution during the past decade has impacted the campus in myriad ways. The Provost has a shared responsibility to ensure broad and effective involvement and transparency in decision making processes, as well as nurturing collaborative and team-based efforts to benefit the university as a whole.
BUILDING A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR NDSU
To be successful at NDSU and with broader statewide constituencies, it is vitally important that the Provost be an ethical, compassionate, creative, communicative, energetic, and engaging leader who can join forces with all of the diverse constituencies, internal and external, to lead the academic and scholarly activities of NDSU towards their full potential, and national and international recognition. Personal integrity and a collegial style are critically important to success in the NDSU campus culture.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
North Dakota State University (ndsu.edu) is distinctive as a student-focused, land grant, research university, ranked by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education among the top 108 public and private universities in the country. NDSU is in the elite category of “Research Universities/Very High Research Activity,” with several programs ranked in the Top 100 by the National Science Foundation. NDSU is fully accredited as an institution by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
NDSU’S OVERARCHING GOALS ARE TO BE A:
• Teaching and conducting research to engage and involve students in an immersive learning environment
• Promoting academically rigorous programs set in a rich, diverse, supportive community
• Appointing faculty and staff who are focused on student success and on- time graduation
• Teaching to the highest standards by highly qualified faculty, researchers and national experts
• Creating on-campus learning environments to foster student success, as the majority of students are full-time, and residential
• Providing diverse online programs and courses that serve a larger student population
• Launching graduates who compete successfully, nationally and globally
• Fostering a strong, shared commitment that drives students, faculty and staff
• Combining access with affordability in an academically rigorous, demanding environment
• Creating solutions to ever-changing, real-world problems
• Attracting and retaining intellectual capital that benefits the state, nation and world
• Distributing knowledge to communities and stakeholders via the Extension Service and other entities
• Forging meaningful, productive, collaborative relationships with business, industry, non-profits, government, and local and regional communities
• Promoting faculty and student engagement in community service that enhances the public good
• Creating opportunity for advancement and success of the state’s citizens
• Direct involvement of graduate and undergraduate students in world-class research
• Teaching students via hands-on learning by top researchers in their disciplines
• Combining intellectual capital, resources and vision, where ideas become opportunities
• Attracting new undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, researchers and revenue to the state and region
• Creating and transferring new knowledge and advanced technology
• Creating intellectual property, which creates new business opportunity and jobs
• Broadening the economic base of the state and region
MORE ABOUT NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION: http://www.ndsu.edu/president/orgchart/
RESEARCH FACTS: NDSU tops $2 million in 2012 licensing revenue http://www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article/id/14110/
In the five-state area including Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming:
• According to the latest data from the National Science Foundation for 2011, NDSU is the highest ranked institution in terms of research expenditures.
• When comparing doctorate-granting institutions for fiscal year 2011, NDSU topped the list, with 87 doctorates conferred.
• NDSU also topped institutions in licensing income from research discoveries for fy2011, which is the most recent comparison available from a survey by the Association of University Technology Managers
FOR MORE DETAILS SEE THE PRESIDENT’S STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS FOR 2013
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NDSU PROVOST SEARCH COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
Dr. Larry Reynolds, Search Committee Chair and Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences, NDSU
Emily Berg, Assistant Director, Office of Institutional Research and Analysis, NDSU
Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald, Professor and Head of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences, NDSU
Dr. Karen Froelich, Professor of Management and Marketing, NDSU
Chuck Hoge, Interim Executive Director, NDSU Research and Technology Park
Dr. Samee Khan, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NDSU
Dr. Larry Peterson, Professor, and Director, Accreditation, Assessment, and Academic Advising, NDSU
Dr. Tom Riley, Professor of Anthropology, NDSU
Dr. Molly Secor-Turner, Assistant Professor of Nursing, NDSU
Dr. Mukund Sibi, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, NDSU
Dr. Charlene Wolf-Hall, Professor and Head of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences, NDSU
NDSU is a FORWARD (Focus on Resources for Women’s Advancement, Recruitment/Retention, and Development) and NSF ADVANCE institution. This position is exempt from North Dakota Veterans’ Preference requirements.
North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Women and traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
North Dakota State University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national origin, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, status as a U.S. veteran. Direct inquiries to the vice president for equity, diversity, and global outreach, 205 old Main, (701) 231-7708. This publication is available in other formats upon request.