Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs

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Reporting to the president, the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs will serve as the chief academic officer of SHSU and will be responsible for successful leadership and oversight of all SHSU’s academic programs to further the university’s mission. The successful candidate will possess an earned doctorate and be eligible for appointment with tenure at the rank of full professor and tenure in one of Sam Houston State University’s academic departments. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communication skills; value shared governance; and be committed to working to advance university diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. More information about Sam Houston State University and the provost search, including position responsibilities and qualifications, is available at:


As the university’s chief academic officer, the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs provides expertise and leadership in the development and operation of the Division of Academic Affairs in support of the university’s mission. The provost reports to the president and oversees university administrative officials such as college deans, directors, or equivalent leaders in related areas. The provost provides leadership within Academic Affairs; works effectively with administration, faculty, staff, students, and outside contacts; and serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the university in the absence of the president. The provost is responsible for strategic planning, coordination, directing, and outcomes of all academic programs and other work, including diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives of Academic Affairs at SHSU.

The provost is an advocate for all academic programs and provides leadership to faculty and staff to ensure consistent quality standards in curriculum and delivery of programs to meet student needs. The provost is responsible for the strategic planning and direction of Academic Affairs units with primary oversight of the teaching, research, library, online education, and other service components of Academic Affairs, university-wide accreditation efforts (including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College and college/program accreditations), and sponsored research. In addition, the provost oversees faculty recruitment, appointment and re-appointment, professional development, evaluation, salary administration,
promotion, tenure, and grievances as well as recruiting and selection of department heads. Further, the provost is responsible for budgeting, division resources, academic facilities, and commencement.

This position is a Campus Security Authority (CSA) and performs other duties assigned by the president.

The Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs must possess a doctorate or terminal degree; sustained teaching and scholarly endeavors appropriate for the rank of full professor and tenure in one of Sam Houston State University’s academic departments; proven and substantive administrative experience with a record of accomplishments as an administrator at the dean level or above at a senior educational institution. 

The provost’s duties require high-caliber coordination of diversified programs to assure accomplishments of the complete goal or mission. The provost must possess the ability to communicate, obtain support, and work collaboratively with internal and external contacts, including top government officials and business executives, in advocating for SHSU activities and programs. The position of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs requires comprehensive knowledge of university structure, policies, rules, and procedures for a major university division. 



The position is open until filled, but applications received by Wednesday, March 17 will be given full consideration. Applications should include: 1) a detailed letter of interest; 2) a current curriculum vitae (CV); and 3) a list of five professional references with contact information. References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be sent in confidence to: [email protected]

Sam Houston State University is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions may be arranged by contacting Ann Die Hasselmo ([email protected]) or Chris Butler ([email protected]).

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. 




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Posted: 1/13/2021
Application Due: 3/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time