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Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs (Provost)

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DescriptionUniversity of Colorado Denver 
Chancellor’s Office 
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs 
Position #780568 – Requisition #19827

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Part of the University of Colorado System, CU Denver is a comprehensive urban research institution in metropolitan Denver. With eight schools and colleges, the university is home to more than 15,000 students and 1,138 faculty members and offers 110 degree programs both in-person and online.

Reporting to Chancellor Michelle Marks who joined the CU Denver community on July 1, 2020, the new provost will serve as chief academic and student affairs officer and will partner closely with the chancellor to help her lead and drive the university forward, together with the leadership team, deans, and faculty. The new provost will lead academic innovation for a campus that has a strong history in online education and in going beyond the traditional educational modes and boundaries, providing a strong education for students groups that have different needs. The provost will lead the advancement of a transformative academic, research, and student success agenda that stems from a new strategic plan, ensuring that CU Denver is able to optimize its spirit and history of innovation and is positioned as a leading, contemporary institution that is nimble and responsive to higher education's changing landscape and the social justice and public health events impacting its community.

The University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) seeks an innovative, forward-looking, and inspirational leader to serve as its next Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs (Provost).

Job Summary:

At the direction of and partnering closely with the chancellor, the provost is responsible for faculty, academic, and student affairs across the CU Denver campus. The provost oversees the academic management of the university’s eight schools and colleges, division of strategic enrollment and student success, and affiliated academic and research departments to articulate the university's academic, scholarly, and co-curricular vision, and realize their successful implementation.

CU Denver is organized into eight schools and colleges, each of which provides students unique opportunities to develop and learn alongside exceptional faculty. The provost works to build strong relationships with the CU Denver faculty assembly and student senate, approaching each partnership with an open mind and intent to listen and, together, ensuring that matters related to academic and student policy are ethical, relevant, and upheld.

The provost ensures that the university's innovative high-quality programs, resources, and services are designed to help faculty achieve rank and career advancement, and that research endeavors and opportunities to advance the university's academic and scholarly excellence are in place. It is also the provost's responsibility to assure that the university's pedagogical approach is appropriately reimagined in response to the pandemic. The provost should be a thought partner and leader with the deans in prioritizing student success and developing new and innovative programs, traditional degree programs, and non-credit bearing credentials.

Examples of Work Performed:

Several of the areas of responsibility listed below, including the affiliated departments, support both the Denver and Anschutz campuses. Service level agreements with reporting lines are being established between CU Denver and CU Anschutz which define the services provided to both campuses. The provost oversees a comprehensive, $60 million portfolio comprised of 622 staff and 1,194 faculty across schools, colleges, and academic and student affairs units.

Schools & Colleges

Together, CU Denver’s eight schools and colleges offer 112 different academic degrees and hundreds of certificate and specialty programs.

  • College of Architecture and Planning is the only school in Colorado to offer accredited degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in planning and design as well as master’s degrees in urban design and historic preservation and professional certificates.
  • College of Arts & Media leverages Denver’s thriving arts industry to produce graduates who are ready to inspire, lead, and create. The College of Arts and Media offers degrees and programs in film & television, media forensics, music & entertainment, and visual arts
  • Business School leverages Denver's downtown business community as a partner in education. AACSB global accreditation places the CU Denver Business School in the top five percent of business schools worldwide. Students learn from faculty who are experts in their field and leaders in their research.
  • School of Education & Human Development is a statewide and national leader for educational quality, access, and equity across the education lifespan, birth through higher education. Its undergraduate and graduate programs prepare and inspire education and mental health leaders to have a profound impact in fostering student opportunity, achievement, and success in urban and diverse communities.
  • College of Engineering, Design and Computing focuses on providing students with a comprehensive engineering education at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional level. Faculty conduct research that spans five disciplines of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, bioengineering, and computer science and engineering.
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences delivers a liberal arts and science education where high-level critical thinking and comprehensive learning is infused with practical, career-focused skills throughout the curriculum.
  • School of Public Affairs offers degree programs in criminal justice and public affairs as well as professional certification and leadership training programs. The school is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the top public affairs school in Colorado and #25 in the nation.
  • Graduate School administers and serves master's programs, doctoral programs, certificates, and non-degree courses throughout all thirteen schools and colleges across both the Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campuses.
Division of Strategic Enrollment and Student Success

  • Enrollment Management oversees the university's enrollment strategy and associated offices including recruitment, enrollment marketing, recruitment technology, dual enrollment, pre-collegiate development, and K-12 partnerships.
  • Student Enrollment Operations and Compliance includes the service offices of the registrar, compliance, digital strategies, financial aid and scholarships, Lynx Central, and the undergraduate admission non-recruiting operations.
  • Student and Community Engagement includes: disability resources & services, veteran & military support services, career center, housing and dining, LynxConnect, student life, and the McNair Scholars.
  • Academic Achievement includes the learning resource center, center for excellence in teaching and learning, undergraduate research and creative activities, university honors and leadership, and the office of student transitions and family engagement which includes new student orientation, the first year experience, transfer initiatives, and undergraduate academic advising.
  • The Health and Wellness Advocacy and Support area brings together the office of the dean of students, student and community counseling center, health & wellness, and wellness & recreation.
  • The Office of International Affairs includes international student & scholar services, international admissions, global education, international operations, China operations, international partnerships, and international marketing and communications.
  • The Auraria Library serves the three institutions on the Aurora campus: CU Denver, Community College of Denver, and Metropolitan State University of Denver.
  • The Student Success Initiatives office connects staff and faculty to data analytical resources and administers the EAB Navigate resource.
Affiliated Departments

  • The Office of Assessment provides support to faculty and administrators including assisting with outcomes assessment systems, leading faculty workshops, assessing the undergraduate general education program, supervising standardized testing, and other assessment-related accreditation activities.
  • The Office of Academic Planning oversees and assists in the development of new academic programs, centers and institutes, as well as the periodic review of all departments, schools and colleges, and centers and institutes. The office also incorporates the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE), the processes involved in preparing and maintaining institutional accreditation, and serving as liaison with the institutional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
  • The Office of Academic Operations oversees a range of matters relating to policy development, compliance, project management and issue resolution, and advocacy on behalf of staff and faculty. The office includes policy reviews and resources, the Ombuds office, the Office of Equity and Affirmative Action, and Title IX investigations and compliance.
  • The Office of Faculty Affairs provides a wide variety of assistance to faculty, associate deans, deans, chairs, and other constituents on matters related to faculty processes, academic policies, awards and events, and related issues.
  • The Center for Faculty Development and Advancement (CFDA) provides funding to support tenure-track faculty members, a faculty mentoring program, tenure and promotion sessions, dossier development support, a library of successful dossier models, professional development programs, and communities of practice.
  • The Office of Research Services (ORS) is the overarching faculty development component of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. ORS provides faculty development resources that enhance faculty research and creative work, proposal support for sponsored project grant and contract applications, and helps publicize research and creative work. The Office of Research Development and Education (ORDE) and The Creative Research Collaborative (CRC) are housed within ORS. ORDE focuses services on supporting faculty success in external funding while CRC fosters interdisciplinary research.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at https://www.cu.edu/employee-services.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. 

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


  • A record of outstanding scholarship and teaching that inspires the respect of the academic community; an earned doctorate or other terminal degree and eligibility for an appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The provost will be a close partner to Chancellor Marks and to Chief Financial Officer/Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Jennifer Sobanet, leading a cohort of strong deans and taking full advantage of their strengths as academic and administrative leaders.

The provost will demonstrate most, if not all, of the following professional qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Fit with mission
  • Transformational reach
  • Leadership skills
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues in higher educaiton
  • Management skills
  • Communications skills

Job Category: Executive
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Dec 23, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 12/25/2020
Application Due: 2/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time