Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, the University serves about 4,000 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduates. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through the five Colleges of the University: Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Law, and Pharmacy. A wide range of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and J.D., LL.M., Pharm.D, and Ph.D. degrees are offered. The University is located within easy access to the Boston, Hartford, Albany, and New York City metropolitan areas.
Additional information is available on Western New England University’s home page at: http://www.wne.edu.
This is an opportunity for an energetic and innovative educator to work with an experienced President, dedicated members of the President’s senior leadership team, and with extraordinary and energized faculty, administrators, and staff members, to build upon the best of the University’s past while moving to yet a higher level of excellence as the University continues to transform itself, having earned University status in 2011.
The current Provost is retiring after 16 years of outstanding service and dedication to the University.
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as chief academic officer of the University and reports to the President. Reporting to the Provost are the five deans of the Colleges, the Dean of First-year Students and Students in Transition, and the directors of the University Library, Academic Scheduling, Student Disability Services, and Institutional Review Board. The Provost will have campus-wide responsibilities beyond the academic areas and will work closely with the President’s senior leadership team in developing institutional goals, policies, priorities, and the University budget.
- Provide leadership and oversight for all academic programs;
- Guide, lead, motivate, and inspire faculty to be entrepreneurial, creative, and innovative;
- Work closely with the President’s senior leadership team to maintain and further advance an environment where admissions, career development, and student learning are already viewed as the shared responsibility of faculty, students, and staff;
- Ensure the availability and quality of academic support systems throughout the University to address the needs of students: particularly academic advising and support programs offered through the libraries, Colleges, and existing offices dedicated to providing such support;
- Build programs, including general education, that capitalize on the interrelationship among the disciplines and the five Colleges of the University;
- Enhance the intellectual and social atmosphere of the University through effective academic programs which are demonstrably attractive to and effective with a diverse population of students and that have a future demand;
- Assume major responsibility for implementation of the University-wide strategic plan currently in its fifth year of implementation;
- Shepherd the creation of a University-wide Faculty Senate;
- Exercise leadership in grant acquisition and in commercialization of patents to advance the University’s financial resources for academic development.
Earned Ph.D. in a discipline offered at the University;
Holding rank of Full Professor with Tenure;
Record of achievement in academic administration with significant experience at the level of Dean or above;
Significant experience in curricular development and program design of professional and liberal arts curricula;
Demonstrated record of ability to inspire and motivate faculty to be entrepreneurial in program/curriculum development and creative in course design;
Highly polished communication skills to be able to effectively address with clarity and vigor very large audiences within and outside of the University;
Demonstrated history of excellence in teaching;
Record of scholarly, peer-reviewed publications;
Record of appreciation and promotion of the importance of a core curriculum supporting undergraduate programs across all areas of study;
Demonstrated history of effective communication and cooperation with faculty, administration, and staff throughout the university setting;
Record of a demonstrated commitment to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff;
Demonstrated experience in budgeting and allocation of resources;
Record of grants procurement and administration;
Experience in strategic planning implementation;
Record of participation in professional accreditation and university-wide assessment.
Nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications by the Search Committee will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled, with campus interviews anticipated for January 2014. The position is available July 1, 2014.
Applications must include: 1) résumé, 2) names with telephone numbers of 5 references (who will be contacted only with approval of the candidate), and 3) letter addressing fully Responsibilities and Qualifications sections above.
Please send all materials electronically to: Provost-VPAAsearch@wne.edu
Questions may be addressed to Dr. Sharianne Walker, Chair of the Search Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org