Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Reporting to the President, the Provost and Chief Academic Officer serves as the No. 2 executive officer of the college. Augsburg seeks a distinguished leader with successive levels of experience and a record of success as a teacher, scholar, and administrator. The Provost will work collaboratively with the faculty and administration to provide leadership in the attainment of the mission and goals of the college. This Provost will begin this leadership position July 1, 2013.
Founded as a seminary by Norwegian Lutherans in America in 1869, Augsburg College has evolved during its 140-year history to become a premier regional institution with strong commitments to the church, its community, and academic excellence in both the liberal arts and professional studies.
Augsburg College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to more than 3,600 students of diverse backgrounds. The college has 205 full-time and 178 adjunct faculty. It has 1,900 traditional undergraduate students, 800 adult undergraduate students, and 920 graduate students. With a faculty ratio of 1:15 and an average class size of 13 to 17, the college focuses on providing personal interaction with faculty and experiential education opportunities on campus and in the community. Augsburg is located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, one of the most diverse areas in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, and is contiguous to the University of Minnesota. The college’s commitment to intentional diversity is reflected in the student body: For the past four years, students of color represented nearly 40 percent of the incoming first-year class. With approximately 1,000 students living on campus, Augsburg engages students in a wide range of co-curricular activities, including a robust NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program. In addition to its Minneapolis campus, Augsburg has a branch campus in Rochester, Minnesota, and maintains three international sites in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Namibia.
The undergraduate academic program is built on the liberal arts foundation, which introduces students to knowledge and modes of inquiry across a wide range of disciplines. Courses in the undergraduate curriculum are organized in three divisions: the Natural and Social Sciences, Humanities and the Fine Arts, and Professional Studies. The graduate program at Augsburg includes the following nine degrees: Doctor of Nursing Practice; Masters of Arts in Education, Leadership, and Nursing; Master of Business Administration; Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing; Master of Music Therapy; Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies; and Master of Social Work.
Among the distinctive features of the college are its deep dedication to civic and community engagement; its robust undergraduate research programs; the Center for Global Education; and its strong belief in the links between the liberal arts and professional studies. As a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Augsburg embraces its Lutheran heritage, which comprises both religious and intellectual components, supports the college’s commitment to interfaith dialogue, and provides its diverse student body with opportunities to explore and to understand personal faith traditions as well as those of others.
Augsburg College seeks an individual who has a passion for the mission of the college, a demonstrated understanding of the liberal arts, professional and graduate programs; a history of and appreciation for the role of teaching, scholarship, and administration; demonstrated experience as a strategic thinker who works collaboratively with the community in developing a strategic vision; and the ability to serve as a strong, collaborative, transparent leader who is a flexible and adaptable team builder. He/she must have an understanding of the financial aspects of the college; an understanding of the value and effectiveness of working within a democratic process within the faculty governance structure; and a demonstrated ability to represent effectively the faculty and academic needs to the community, including the administration, the board of regents, donors, and other leadership groups in the community.
The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree in a discipline related to the college’s academic program, have demonstrated teaching and scholarly success, and have a record of significant levels of administrative experience at the departmental, community, or university level.
Nominations and Applications
The Provost Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on March 5 and will continue until the appointment is made. To assure full consideration, applications should be received by Friday, March 15, 2013, and must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and five professional references with email and telephone numbers. (References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.) Applications and nominations should be sent electronically (MS Word or Adobe PDF) to firstname.lastname@example.org . Additional information is available at http://agbsearch.com  under “Current Searches” or at augsburg.edu. The search is being assisted by:
Oscar C. Page, Ph.D.
Augsburg College is committed to diversity and the education of students in a global perspective. It is an equal opportunity employer.