Senior Provost of Faculty Affairs
Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Virginia Commonwealth University invites nominations for and applications from individuals interested in assuming an exciting leadership opportunity as Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs provides strategic and operational leadership in overseeing the university’s faculty, thereby building and strengthening the academic mission and infrastructure for VCU. This position includes oversight for the Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention, which is responsible for providing leadership for faculty recruitment and retention programs and services; supporting the university’s continuing commitment to enhance a culture of equity and inclusion; and hiring and retaining a diverse and talented faculty. The OFRR is responsible for overseeing faculty appointments, coordinating and assisting with the promotion and tenure review process, contract administration, salary administration, the faculty merit process, and related faculty personnel policies and procedures. The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and faculty development initiatives within the faculty success area are key components of the SVPFA’s responsibilities.
VCU is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 220 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Fifty-two of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU Massey Cancer Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region) Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. Today, VCU serves an integral role in the economic health of the city of Richmond and the region by educating the current and future workforce, advancing research, and enhancing patient care. VCU, its health system and other related entities have cash and investments of approximately $3 billion, which includes $888 million in endowment funds.
The chief responsibilities of this position will include working closely with the VCU faculty peer mentoring program, overseeing the leadership and department chair professional development, coordinating with equity and access services, collaborating with the Office of Integrity and Compliance and the University Ombudsperson on faculty-related conflicts and disputes and overseeing the faculty fellow program to provide opportunities for professional development for mid-level faculty.
A successful candidate will have a doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited university and be eligible for a tenured faculty position at the rank of professor, excellent communication skills, and knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues in higher education. Candidates must demonstrate experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU. Desired qualifications of a successful candidate include a research, teaching and service portfolio at a tenurable level of accomplishment in a discipline taught at VCU; at least seven years of exemplary leadership experience in administrative positions within a university setting (e.g., department chair, director, associate dean); extensive understanding of a university’s promotion and tenure process; demonstrated ability to successfully develop and implement professional development programs/opportunities for faculty at all levels; demonstrated ability to work successfully with faculty governance; and knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and trends in higher education.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc. is assisting VCU in this search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher. Basic personal and demographic information must also be submitted to VCU’s job site https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/76418.
Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:
Jan Greenwood, Betty Turner Asher, Partners
Kelly Goodsell, Executive Search Consultant
Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc.
42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272
For more information about Virginia Commonwealth University please visit: vcu.edu Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.