Provost and Vice President for Academics

Salem, Oregon
Nov 01, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Provosts, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Corban University’s mission is “to educate Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.” We do this by requiring all incoming students to profess faith in Jesus Christ, by mandating that every student take courses in Bible and theology, and by providing a rigorous academic curriculum with an innovative global reach. But even more important than formal requirements is the daily investment poured into our students by faculty who model their walk with Christ and mentor students to do the same. Corban is proud to be a teaching university, where faculty focus primarily on their students’ learning experience and growth in Christ. We are on a quest to prepare the hearts and minds of our graduates for a lifetime of service in Jesus’ name. - President Sheldon Nord, Ph.D.

Please see the President's full letter and complete Provost Opportunity Profile at


PURPOSE:  Provide leadership, planning, development, management, and implementation for the academic functions of the University.

REPORTS TO:  President

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Provost serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the University. The Office of the Provost has as its primary function the oversight of all undergraduate and graduate academic programs in both traditional and online delivery, Information Technology / Library Services, and the Office of the Registrar.  The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

I. Serve on the President’s Cabinet.

II. Oversee University-wide accreditation and serve as the university Accreditation Liaison Officer with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

III. Foster intellectual growth, student learning, University culture, as well as scholarly and creative activities including a commitment to biblical integration within the student learning experience.

IV. Provide sound fiscal management and assessment-based decision-making in the oversight of academic program development, budgets, and facilities to achieve mission and goals set by the Board and President, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

V. In partnership with the President and Cabinet, identify and implement strategies that contribute substantially to financial growth and health of the institution.

VI. Ensure an active and expanding dialogue with external constituencies by encouraging partnerships with external constituents and organizations, engaging in effective University advancement, and facilitating the mission of the University.

VII. Provide leadership in developing and strengthening the University’s global engagement initiatives as well as diversity among students, staff, and faculty.

VIII. Implement the strategic academic vision by working closely with the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives in implementing and evaluating major initiatives of the University; working with the Vice President for Student Life in addressing the educational support needs and extra-curricular priorities for the students; and working with the other Vice Presidents and senior leadership in coordinating and overseeing the overall mission of  the University.

IX. Support collaborative engagement among faculty, administration, and Board of Trustees.

X. Remain competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, and attending professional development courses and/or training as required.

XI. Contribute to the overall success of the University by performing other duties as assigned by the President.

QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION:  An earned Doctorate in any field that aligns with a school represented at the University.

EXPERIENCE:  Candidates should possess academic credentials consistent with the rank of professor, as demonstrated by a distinguished record of teaching, service, scholarly publications, and/or creative accomplishments that exhibit commitment to academic excellence. A history of progressively responsible, successful experience as an academic administrator at the Dean level or above involving both graduate and undergraduate programs, including responsibility for budget, personnel recruitment, and program review and assessment is required. A strong candidate will bring experience in strategic planning, assessment of program effectiveness, change management, and development of policy to enhance academic units within the University and with regional accrediting bodies. Candidates should be prepared to provide evidence of a strong commitment to the promotion of diversity, the integration of biblical principles within the student learning experience, and successful experience in university advancement and fundraising including ability to develop and/or secure grant and contract funding.

CHARACTER:  As the chief academic officer of the University, the provost must demonstrate spiritual and doctrinal alignment with Corban’s belief statement and be a role model of Christ-like leadership in all aspects of their personal and professional life. The Provost must possess the humility to listen and the courage to lead decisively. Their leadership must be defined by unwavering commitment to integrity. The successful candidate will embrace and exemplify Corban’s core values: Christ honoring, future directed, people focused, excellence driven, and bible centered.


APPLICATION:  A completed candidate file will include:

I. Letter of application expressing the candidate’s interest and qualifications for the position, specifically speaking to the responsibilities listed in the position description within this profile;

II. Current resume or curriculum vitae;

III. Statement of Christian testimony and statement of current church and ministry involvement;

IV. Developed philosophical explanation of the candidate’s approach to biblical integration in your discipline;

V. List of five (5) professional references which include position title, relationship to the candidate, email address, and work phone numbers (cell phone numbers are also helpful if possible).

Application materials will be considered as received, and the position will remain open until filled.

CONTACT:  Nancy Marshall — Associate Vice President for People and Culture

                  5000 Deer Park Drive SE  Salem, OR  97317

                  email   [email protected]

                  phone  503-375-7101

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