VP for Academic Affairs, College of Adult & Professional Studies - Indiana Wesleyan University

Job description


The Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) is responsible for providing academic leadership for all aspects of the College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS) including, but not limited to:  strategic planning, curricular planning and review, faculty recruitment, retention and development, budgetary planning and oversight, collaborative oversight of enrollment trends, implementation of the College's comprehensive assessment program, and insurance of program quality and integrity. Supervision is given to four academic units (DeVoe School of Business, School of Educational Leadership, School of Service and Leadership, and the Division of Liberal Arts) and two support entities (Office of Adjunct Faculty Development and the Office of Academic Planning and Evaluation) within the College.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs of CAPS reports to the Provost directly and has a dotted-line report to the Chancellor for IWU – National and Global (N&G), serving on the NGE Cabinet, and is a member of the University Academic Leadership Council (UALC). The Vice President for Academic Affairs is deemed administrative faculty and demonstrates strong Christian faith and spiritual leadership in all aspects of the position.

The ideal candidate will possess a history of advocating for academic units that have demonstrated growth and/or significant creativity in curricular delivery. S/he will also demonstrate a practice of high social intelligence with clear intellectual skills to manage a complex and dynamic environment. The candidate needs to articulate how s/he supports school leaders to succeed while challenging them to reach for the next level of academic innovation in adult education.


Reports to the Provost with a dotted-line report to the Chancellor, IWU – National & Global.


  1. Understands and supports the mission and values of Indiana Wesleyan University to faculty, staff, students, and the community at large.
  2. Ensures the integration of Christian principles and academic rigor in all academic offerings of the College.
  3. Represents the College to internal and external stakeholders, including the ability to assist the Provost and Chancellor for IWU – N&G in long-term strategic initiatives of the College.
  4. Recruits, develops, and retains a world class faculty that practices the academic vocations from within the Wesleyan theological tradition.
  5. Leads the faculty team in strategic planning and monitors the process to further the program mission in teaching, research, and service.
  6. Ensures that faculty are involved with research and scholarly activity.
  7. Provides academic and administrative leadership and coordination for the processes related to the various accreditation and regulatory agencies engaged by the College.
  8. Provides direct oversight to the leaders of academic units in the College with regard to academic policy; faculty selection, training, and supervision; program development, curriculum development and instruction; and scholarship.
  9. Oversees academic budgets for the College and works with N&G leaders to achieve financial goals.
  10. Assists the N&G cabinet in developing, implementing, and evaluating its long-range/strategic plans for N&G education and in identifying needed resourcing for academic programming, effective student and operational services.
  11. Promotes an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit among academic leaders.
  12. Collaborates closely with leaders of enrollment management and marketing units to drive enrollment in programs and assure compliance with various regulatory bodies and consistency in marketing efforts.
  13. Works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to ensure that the Diversity Strategic Plan for IWU – National and Global is successfully implemented.
  14. Leads and directs instructional support services.
  15. Makes final recommendation to the Provost for all faculty appointments, evaluations, rank improvement, and multi-year contracts.
  16. Evaluates annually the effectiveness of all the programs to make improvements in faculty and curriculum.
  17. Participates appropriately in regional, national, and international professional organizations.
  18. Ensures the quality instruction of all adjunct faculty.
  19. Ensures that all academic programs are evaluated for student learning, retention, and market relevance.
  20. Performs other duties as assigned.


  1. Demonstrates a mature personal faith in Jesus Christ and willingly embraces the theological and lifestyle commitments of The Wesleyan Church.
  2. Capable of exercising mature spiritual leadership in all aspects of the development and administration of the programs.
  3. Demonstrates clear knowledge and experience with regional and professional accreditation.
  4. Demonstrates the ability to be a visionary and forward-thinker.
  5. Able to promote and uphold the highest ethical and moral standards in personal and professional conduct.
  6. Demonstrates a knowledge of higher education organizations.
  7. Experienced in administration in higher education.
  8. Experienced with adult learning delivery including online learning.
  9. Demonstrates strong analytical skills and the ability to think strategically; ability to solve problems, design and manage projects.
  10. Demonstrated leadership competency in complex settings
  11. Possesses strong interpersonal/human relations skills
  12. Demonstrates effective written and verbal communication skills
  13. Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  14. Demonstrate a working knowledge of computer programs related to office communication, databases, spreadsheets, etc.


            Supervises the following positions:

  1. Dean, DeVoe School of Business
  2. Dean, School of Educational Leadership
  3. Dean, School of Service and Leadership
  4. Assistant Dean, Division of Liberal Arts
  5. Director, Office of Adjunct Faculty Development
  6. Director, Office of Assessment and Program Evaluation
  7. Administrative Assistant to the VPAA


According to Indiana Wesleyan University’s employment policy, all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.


  • Must have an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution, preferably directly related to a discipline taught in CAPS.





  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.
  • College level teaching experience in a discipline commensurate with degrees offered in CAPS.
  • A minimum of three years of experience at the Dean level in higher education, preferably related to adult education.
  • A clear track-record of collaborative leadership possessing effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills and a strong interest in building cooperative relationships.
  • Management of budgets related to academic development and oversight.
  • Development of academic programs that are market-relevant.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of effective instructional design concepts and firsthand experience with technology mediated teaching and learning.
  • Proven administrative leadership in higher education with extensive experience in adult learning theory and a record of success in developing faculty and adult education programs.




The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. In addition, nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.

Indiana Wesleyan University is committed to equal opportunity in employment and maintaining a work environment free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. Accordingly, the University affords equal opportunity to all employees and prospective employees without regard to race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

These have access to all the rights, privileges, and programs generally made available to employees at the University. It does not discriminate in the administration of its policies, programs, nor during any phase of employment, including hiring, promotion, demotion, treatment during employment, rates of pay or other compensation, and termination of employment.

As an educational institution operating under The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University reserves and exercises its privileges under applicable law to prefer employees on the basis of religion and who are best suited to its religious purpose.

Indiana Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer




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Posted: 3/28/2018
Application Due: 5/27/2018
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