Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Feb 02, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Founded in 1909 on the rich educational heritage of the Cherokee Nation, Northeastern State University is the fourth-largest public and also oldest institution of higher education in Oklahoma, providing its diverse communities with lifelong learning through a broad array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional doctoral degree programs.

The University’s main campus is located in Tahlequah, less than an hour southeast of Tulsa, nestled at the foot of the Ozark Mountains; it has two branch campuses in Broken Arrow and Muskogee. With high expectations for student success, NSU provides quality teaching, challenging curricula, research and scholarly activities, immersive learning opportunities, and service to local and professional communities. The institution’s dedicated faculty and staff offer a service-oriented, supportive learning environment where students prepare to achieve professional and personal success in a multicultural and global society.

NSU values include integrity, collaboration, creativity, leadership, excellence, communication and diversity. NSU, which has an annual regional economic impact of approximately $260 million, traces its roots back to the founding of the original Cherokee National Female Seminary in 1851, establishing the University as a leader in education in Oklahoma. Tahlequah is home to the capital of the Cherokee Nation, and NSU is proud of its diverse student body. The University features students from 34 sovereign tribal nations, 35 countries, and 39 of the 50 United States. Of NSU’s 8,248 undergraduate, 1,364 graduate and 113 professional students, nearly 37 percent self-identify as American Indian. NSU is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for the number of American Indians enrolled as full-time undergraduate students, as well as No. 1 for number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to American Indians, according to the Winds of Change 2017-2018 Special College Issue.

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Northeastern State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs beginning July 2018.

As the chief academic officer of the University, the Provost/Vice President is a vibrant, creative and engaged leader who guides the leadership team in all areas relating to academic affairs. The academic and professional Deans of the University report to the Provost/ Vice President, as do Academic Support Services and Outreach, and University Libraries. The Provost/Vice President reports directly to the President of the University and will act for him when called upon. The Provost/Vice President works collaboratively to set the academic vision; provides creative and adaptable leadership and direction for all aspects of Northeastern State University’s academic programs; and supervises related academic activities, under the guidance of the President.

Qualified candidates must hold an earned doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree, a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching, and eligibility for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor, as well as successful experience in higher education at senior management and leadership levels. Prospective candidates: should have a record of successful and innovative experience in higher education leadership, administration and teaching; must demonstrate working knowledge of academic program review to ensure that all academic offerings are relevant to the needs of the region (an initiative that has resulted in recommendations for new programs and the maintenance, growth, and as necessary, elimination of others); must demonstrate commitment to building a strong learning environment for students that stresses academic quality, student engagement, experiential learning, healthy community relationships, and multicultural and global perspectives.


Documented professional accomplishments and credentials in institutions of higher education, 8-10 years of progressive administrative experience in public higher education, Experience recruiting, retaining and developing a distinguished faculty, A track record of connecting curriculum and degree programs to the employment needs of regional businesses, governments and non-profits, Evidence of substantial administrative experience in strategic and academic planning, implementation and evaluation of educational effectiveness; fiscal management and resource allocation; and collegial academic personnel evaluation, An approach that encourages faculty to use experiential and immersive learning techniques, An understanding of the programmatic and support needs of non-traditional learners, Ability to effectively represent the university globally and locally, A collegial, consultative and open management style, Ability to advance the university’s regional stewardship role, Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, Documented development and support of International Studies programs. Consistent encouragement of undergraduate and graduate research, Persistent advocate of distance education and enhanced use of technology, actively encourage faculty activities in securing external grants and funding.



Provide leadership in the development, assessment, coordination, accountability and advocacy for the academic division in support of the institution’s mission, Lead the efforts of Academic Affairs to achieve specific goals, by college and by department, for enrollment, retention, and graduation rates, Serve as a fiduciary and assume fiscal responsibility for use of all funds allocated for educational programs, and collaborate with other senior administrators to create support systems for academic affairs, Develop and lead a collaborative academic leadership team and community in order to realize the goals of the institution’s strategic plan Internal and External Relations, Embrace shared responsibility for student recruitment, advisement, career readiness and graduation, Work collaboratively with members of the President’s Cabinet and the Executive Council, Effectively represent the University locally and globally, Openly exhibit appreciation for and seek advancement of the University’s regional role.


Track future labor knowledge and skill demands and work in partnership with regional education partners to achieve desired results, Lead in long-range academic planning particularly in curriculum and program planning Instructional Programs, Consistently encourage undergraduate and graduate research, Advocate for distance education and enhanced use of technology Faculty/Personnel, Participate in faculty/professional staff recruitment to fulfill strategic initiatives, Actively promote and encourage faculty development and scholarship, Provide leadership in the International Studies Program, Develop and maintain a standard for evaluation of faculty, including regular reports, promotion and tenure, Perform other duties as assigned.

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Please include a scanned copy of your transcripts and complete contact information for a minimum of three references.

To nominate someone for this position, e-mail: [email protected]

Bill Meehan, Ed.D. and Alan Medders, Ph.D. will be assisting the University with the search. If you have questions or would like to have a confidential conversation about the position, call 256-239-2305 or e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]

Northeastern State University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce as an essential part of excellence in faculty and staff at the University. NSU actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply for any opening at NSU.

Candidates for this position will be considered through March 2, 2018.