Associate Vice Provost for Student Success

Kennesaw State University

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Associate Vice Provost for Student Success

Job ID: 254054
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us

For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State is located just north of Atlanta, and combines a suburban setting on two metro-Atlanta campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta. As one of Georgia's largest universities, Kennesaw State offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing number of doctoral programs. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2) committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level. For more information, visit


Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Job Summary

Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for a twelve-month, administrative faculty position as a tenured Professor and Associate Vice Provost for Student Success in the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs that begins July 1, 2023.


Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Associate Vice Provost (AVP) for Student Success is a 12-month tenured professor position that provides strategic vision and institutional oversight to develop and implement inclusive policies, programs, services, and strategies that achieve the University's student success goals. The successful candidate will develop and facilitate inclusive and innovative strategies, services, activities, and opportunities that increase student engagement, academic progression, academic support, and career development and will provide leadership in assessing the effectiveness of activities and programs undertaken to improve student success. The AVP for Student Success fosters collaborative partnerships with faculty, staff, administrators, academic departments/colleges and other units and centers to create and support a holistic environment for student learning and meaningful academic success. This individual also works closely with groups such as the National Institute for Student Success (NISS) to implement key improvements to the student experience. The AVP for Student Success serves on the Provost and Senior Vice President's Leadership Team and the Academic Deans' Council.

The responsibilities of the AVP for Student Success includes, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Providing leadership direction, strategic planning, and supervision for the following units: the Writing Center, Supplemental Instruction and Learning Assistants, the Smart Center, Academic Student Support Services, Employer Relations and Career Outreach, Student Support Systems, and Student Advising and Retention Services.
  2. Building a cohesive student success network by collaborating with academic colleges and other partners across the institution (e.g., Enrollment Services; Office of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence; Office of Institutional Research; the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Office; Student Affairs; and University Housing).
  3. Providing leadership in standardizing academic advising systems and protocols to ensure students receive consistent, proactive support across all advising units and colleges.
  4. Collaborating broadly across two campuses to promote student success in all undergraduate and graduate degree programs through working alongside colleges to develop and assess outcomes of short-term and long-term goals to improve student achievement, engagement, progression, retention, and graduation rates.
  5. Providing leadership in building and maintaining systems for student success data, leveraging performance indicator tools, analyzing data, and sharing results on a frequent and regular basis with academic colleges and other university constituents and plans for timely interventions.
  6. Providing leadership to strengthen the ability of student support units to make proactive, data-informed decisions through better access to vetted, timely, and operationalized data (e.g., improving support services for courses with high DFWI rates) by identifying metrics and student performance indicators to determine effectiveness of student success efforts and also providing leadership in discontinuing, improving, and/or redirecting resources to improve results.
  7. Collaborating with the Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Academic Innovation and the Executive Director of General Education in supporting academic colleges in course and program redesign to improve course and program outcomes and providing campus-wide leadership in creating structures focused on the first-year experience.
  8. Envisioning, planning, and seeking funding for student success initiatives and programs.
  9. Staying abreast of and disseminating state policy/legislation and best practices related to student success.
  10. Performing other duties as assigned by the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Required Qualifications
  • A terminal degree from an accredited institution with qualifications to hold a tenured professor rank in one of the university's academic departments.
  • Effective leadership in student success within an academic unit/department with demonstrated results and increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Experience using and analyzing data to lead, develop, and evaluate strategic initiatives that improve student success.
  • Knowledge of best practices for fostering student success and implementing change across an organization.
  • A successful track record of consensus building, and collaborative approaches to leading complex student success initiatives.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with experience creating and delivering effective presentations to internal and external audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to listen, to synthesize information from a variety of constituents, and use that information to build consensus and/or make decisions.
  • Evidence of a track record of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as demonstrated by experience working with diverse populations and in promoting inclusive excellence in programs, policies, and practices.
  • Evidence of effective management of budget and unit resources.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to effectively prioritize, coordinate and/or facilitate multiple projects and deadlines independently or with limited supervision.
  • Experiencing engaging in scholarship and scholarly activities focused on student success (e.g., securing grants, research, presentations, program development, assessment, and improvement).

Preferred Qualifications
  • A minimum of five years of effective leadership in student success with demonstrated results and increasing levels of responsibility working in an academic setting.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness leading student success initiatives in a large, complex environment.
  • Leadership experience in the area of curriculum development.
  • Experience with co-curricular program development, assessment, and improvement.
  • Knowledge of student information systems such as Banner and EAB Navigate.

Required Documents to Attach
  1. CV
  2. A cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications as outlined in the job description.
  3. Unofficial Transcripts and/or international equivalency evaluations (Official Transcripts and Official International Evaluations Due Upon Hire)
  4. A list of 5 references with contact information

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Apply Before Date

For full consideration, please apply by March 10, 2023. This position is open until filled.

Contact Information

For questions about this faculty opening, please contact Pam B. Cole, Ph.D., Chair,

For more information or questions about a faculty job posting, please contact Academic Affairs at For technical support, please call OneUSG Connect Support at 877-251-2644, or by email at

Equal Employment Opportunity

Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007. Participant ID: 61415

Background Check

Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.

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Founded in 1963, Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third-largest in the University System of Georgia with more than 22,500 undergraduate and graduate students representing 142 countries.

KSU is located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the serenity of a 384-acre, beautifully landscaped pedestrian-friendly campus.kennesaw_state_university1.jpg

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), KSU offers 70 bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math and graduate degree programs in nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, public administration, education and professional writing. The university’s expanding doctoral programs currently offer a Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Learning, Doctorate of Business Administration and Doctorate of Nursing.

Additionally, nursing students from Kennesaw State have one of the highest passing rates on the statewide licensing exam and are highly sought-after in the medical community, while the College of Education is the second-largest preparer of teachers in the state. The Executive MBA program, housed in the Coles College of Business, is the second-largest program in the country and has been recognized by BusinessWeek.

kennesaw_state_university2.jpgKSU’s national reputation has gained steam and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years as an “Up-and-Coming Masters University in the South,” ranking among the top ten (8th) in the 2010 issue of “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition, the university’s First-Year Experience has been named an “Academic Program to Look For” by U.S.News for seven consecutive years and was named one of 12 founding institutions in a project called "Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College."

The university has committed itself to expanding the global experience of students, faculty and staff through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), known as the "Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship" initiative, which began in 2007. This program focuses on increasing opportunities for international learning experiences. In spring 2009, KSU awarded its first Global Engagement Certification to graduate and undergraduate students. This certification recognizes students’ achievements in learning global perspectives and developing intercultural skills.

As a destination campus, KSU offers students plenty of opportunities to experience campus life by participating in more than 150 student groups and organizations, including student government, sororities and fraternities, club and intramural sports, social and special-interest organizations, student publications and honor societies.


In 2009, the Kennesaw State Owls completed a reclassification from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. During the transition from 2005-2009, KSU teams have won six Atlantic Sun Conference tournaments in five sports, including men’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s soccer, softball and cross-country.

Kennesaw State University has been recognized as one of the top universities in the country by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2009 Great Colleges to Work For.” KSU was recognized among the top 10 schools in six categories – confidence in senior leadership, teaching environment, collaborative governance, professional/career development programs, physical work space conditions and post-retirement benefits.

Kennesaw State was originally established by the University System of Georgia as Kennesaw Junior College serving 1,000 students. The college became a four-year institution in 1976 and was named Kennesaw College in 1977. In 1988, on its 25th anniversary, it was named Kennesaw State College and in 1996 became Kennesaw State University.

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