Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Employer
SUNY Buffalo State
Location
Buffalo, New York
Posted
Aug 30, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
Provosts
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

SUNY Buffalo State seeks nominations and applications for an accomplished academic leader to fill the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs.  As the chief academic officer, the provost holds administrative responsibility for all academic departments, academic programs, and academic support services and serves on the President’s Cabinet.  The new provost will assume office July 1, 2020.

Established as a teachers college in 1871, SUNY Buffalo State has a long-standing commitment to education, which remains a cornerstone of its respected reputation.  As the largest comprehensive four-year college in the SUNY system, Buffalo State educates roughly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year and has an alumni population of more than 100,000.  The college takes pride in its strong connections to the Western New York community, as well as its continuing commitment to providing high-quality lifelong-learning opportunities.  Buffalo State employs about 1,220 full- time and 600 part-time faculty and staff members, many of whom have been awarded the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.  Eighty-eight percent of all classes enroll fewer than 40 students, reflecting the college’s strong commitment to student success.  The provost provides academic leadership to five schools:  the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of Education, the School of Natural and Social Sciences, the School of the Professions, and the Graduate School.

SUNY Buffalo State seeks a visionary, collaborative, and innovative leader who will advocate and promote teaching, scholarship, research, and creative activity. The successful candidate will demonstrate experience as a resourceful administrator who can advise the president, Katherine Conway-Turner, on matters of academic policy and strategic planning and partner with her to implement the college’s strategic plan in a manner consistent with Buffalo State’s core values.

The incoming provost must hold an earned doctorate, possess significant experience in positions with progressively increasing responsibility in academic administration, and show evidence of a strong record in teaching and scholarly accomplishment sufficient to warrant tenure and appointment to full professor. A strong familiarity and work with online education and certificate programs are important. The successful candidate should exhibit outstanding leadership skills, including the ability to communicate effectively, particularly across disciplines and constituencies. The new provost should demonstrate experience fostering inclusion, a commitment to student success and retention, and the ability to work with a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff. The successful candidate should exhibit a command of assessment and accreditation as well as extensive experience with complex budgets. He or she should also have demonstrated a capacity for creative and innovative leadership in finding solutions and effecting positive change.  This person should be an accomplished teacher and scholar who supports excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. 

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate, with significant experience in positions with progressively increasing responsibility in academic administration.
  • Evidence of a strong record in teaching and scholarly accomplishment sufficient to warrant tenure and appointment to full professor.
  • Outstanding leadership skills, including the ability to communicate effectively, particularly across disciplines and constituencies.
  • Demonstrate experience fostering inclusion, a commitment to student success and retention, and the ability to work with a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff.
  • An exhibited command of assessment and accreditation as well as extensive experience with complex budgets.
  • Demonstrated capacity for creative and innovative leadership in finding solutions and effecting positive change.
  • Experience as an accomplished teacher and scholar who supports excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and to work transparently and ethically to initiate and facilitate change.
  • Previous collaborative leadership of retention efforts.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Leadership experience as a dean or an equivalent role.
  • Experience with online learning.
  • Familiarity with urban and anchor institutions.
  • Leadership experience in the design of new degree programs, and the expansion of research.
  • Achievements in increasing campus diversity.
  • Commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship, and the ability to solve problems creatively.

Qualified applicants may apply online at https://jobs.buffalostate.edu

Buffalo State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to respect for diversity and individual differences.

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