Assistant/Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success

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Special Instructions:

For full consideration, applicants should include and upload the following as separate documents:
1) a letter of interest addressing the broad themes in this profile
2) a curriculum vitae /resume
3) transcripts
3) a leadership statement
4) a diversity statement describing the candidate’s experiences with diversity in engagement and programming
5) list of five references.

Job Title:

Assistant/Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success

FLSA Status:


Posted Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience.


Academic Affairs Department

Minimum Qualifications:

•Ph.D. or other terminal degree from an accredited institution is required.
•Eligibility for a tenured appointment in an academic area of the university is required.
•Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible leadership experience in academic affairs and student academic success programs at a university is required.
•Direct experience with supervising student academic success functions such as academic advising, career services, academic support, and related high impact practices is required.
•Experience with program planning, assessment, and/or staff development is required.

Purpose of Job:

Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the APUESS is an integral member of the Provost’s forward-thinking, student-oriented Executive Leadership Team and participates in the institution’s strategic planning and represents the Division and/or the Provost at appropriate meetings/events as requested. The APUESS provides engaging leadership and accountability for developing, implementing and monitoring the outcome(s) assessment(s) for student retention, recruitment, graduation and academic success programs. The APUESS advises and collaborates with the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Associate Provost for Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education on critical student-success related issues.

Scope of Responsibilities:

The APUESS is responsible for the direct supervision of the University Honors Program, Global and Multicultural Programs, Southwest Mississippi Center for Culture and Learning, Upper Division Academic Advising and Support, Office for Faculty Professional Development, Office for Extended and Online Learning and will conduct meetings, annual performance reviews and other administrative duties while monitoring compliance with laws/regulations, university policies and procedures, and relevant contractual obligations applicable for retention and student academic success.

Essential Job Functions :

The APUESS provides student-focused leadership and management and articulates with clarity the vision through the synergistic coordination of offices and programs that are focused on high impact practices supporting student academic success.

This position will coordinate initiatives aimed at increasing student performance metrics through collaborations with faculty, staff, students, and other administrative leaders on campus.

In addition, the position will partner with the Provost and Senior Vice President on program design, planning coordination, and interaction with internal and external stakeholders while leading special and grant-funded student academic success initiatives.

To ensure ongoing success of the University’s retention and student academic success programs, the APUESS will create a performance culture of responsiveness, student-focus and accountability through strategic direction, collaboration, and timely priority-setting.

Ongoing communication, delivery of student academic success metrics in collaboration with the Offices of Institutional Research and Institutional Effectiveness is essential to the success of the APUESS.

This position oversees on-going assessment and continuous improvement of programs/services (in collaboration) supporting student academic success by guiding the establishment and completion of annual goals, articulating challenges, reporting on outcomes and achievements on a semester-basis; ensuring initiatives are effective using program assessment and data analysis; gathering input from key stakeholders (including students, faculty, and staff); building consensus and developing collegial, collaborative working relationships with a broad range of constituencies; partnering with administrative and academic departments to support the University’s prime directive of promoting enrolment, retention, and graduation for diverse student populations.



The ideal candidate will share a philosophy of engagement with the entire student lifecycle components and demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion initiatives in the development of robust student academic success programs.

The preferred candidate will build and maintain relationships with a wide diversity of individuals to create successful student-based outcomes.

Demonstrated experience in leading successful change efforts, including conflict resolution, team building with a customer service focus is preferred.

A keen knowledge of and skill in process improvement and data driven decision-making is a plus.

Strengths in analyzing multi-layered problems, proposing solutions based on notable best practices in the field, program design, development and implementation are desired.

Demonstrated evidence of administrative skills in budgeting, stewardship of human and fiscal resources coupled with excellent interpersonal/organizational, oral and written communication skills is important for this position.

Monitoring trends in the student academic success initiatives/programs, leading to innovative, customized solutions for student success is a definite advantage.

EEO / ADA Statement:

Alcorn State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law.

Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds:




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EEO Statement:

Alcorn State University

Equal Employment Opportunity and Notice of Non-Discrimination
Alcorn State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Alcorn State University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

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Job No:
Posted: 5/1/2021
Application Due: 7/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time