Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
Nov 29, 2018
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Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs, the chief academic officer of the Academy. The new provost will be expected to take office July 1, 2019.

MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. Located at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, MMA is an hour’s drive from the thriving urban communities of Boston and Providence and offers easy access to the pristine beaches of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

One of nine campuses of the Massachusetts state university system, MMA serves and prepares 1,780 undergraduate and graduate students for careers in the marine transportation, engineering, international maritime business, emergency management, and environmental fields. MMA has long offered a successful blend of career-focused education informed by strength in both an academic core and the discipline of regimental life. MMA graduates enjoy a competitive advantage in the marketplace: they are highly sought after due to their strong leadership qualities and work ethic.

MMA has earned consistent national recognition for its commitment to excellence. MMA is currently named as a best college in Money magazine and ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best regional universities, top public institutions, and best undergraduate engineering programs. Forbes magazine has also ranked MMA among the nation’s top 25 colleges with the best return on investment.

The provost reports directly to the president and works collaboratively with the senior leadership team to achieve the Academy’s strategic goals and vision of excellence. As chief academic officer, the provost manages the academic enterprise, providing leadership for MMA’s academic programs, academic policy, and related administrative offices. The provost is responsible for ensuring the integrity of all academic programs through curricular development, assessment and program review, regional and professional accreditation, and coordination with the state university system. The provost plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of teaching and learning at MMA and provides new perspectives and direction in such areas as academic configuration, optimal faculty size and makeup, modes of delivery, and continuous innovation to meet emerging market and societal needs. The provost provides leadership for deans, department heads, and faculty within an environment of shared governance and collective bargaining, and fosters a climate of collegiality that is conducive to teaching, learning, research, service, and ongoing development of faculty, staff, and students. Direct reports include the dean of undergraduate programs, dean of graduate programs, assistant dean of academic affairs, assistant dean and registrar, and other departments such as career and professional services.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy seeks in its new provost an experienced, collaborative, and entrepreneurial academic leader with strong management skills to build on MMA’s reputation and elevate the Academy to even higher levels of academic excellence and student success. Candidates should have an earned doctorate or other terminal degree and a demonstrated record of progressive administrative and academic leadership responsibilities, preferably as the head of an academic unit or division. The ideal candidate will bring strategic vision, a steadfast and unwavering ethical compass, proven financial and budget management skills, the capacity to inspire curricular innovation, familiarity with diverse modes of course and program delivery (including online, hybrid, on land, and at sea), a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion, a demonstrated commitment to shared governance, and an affinity for the distinctive mission and character of the Academy. Additional qualifications are outlined in the position specification available on the Spelman Johnson website at

Massachusetts Maritime Academy has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, but complete applications received by January 11, 2019 will be assured full consideration. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jim Norfleet at [email protected] Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Massachusetts Maritime Academy website at

MMA is an AA/EEO/Veteran/Disabled employer. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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