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Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Education

University of South Carolina
Commensurate with qualifications

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Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Education

University of South Carolina

Department: PROV Office of the Provost

Advertised Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications

Part/Full Time: Full Time

About UofSC

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Advertised Job Summary
About The Role of Vice ProvostThe Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Education reports directly to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.Essential functions of the position consist of:Oversight of the University of South Carolina undergraduate academic experience including:
  • The Carolina Core, the university's general education program
  • The University Advising Center and the four-year advising initiative
  • Center for Integrated and Experiential Learning (CIEL), including Graduation with Leadership Distinction.
  • Living-learning Communities with faculty principals
  • Graduation and Retention Network (GARNET)
  • SACSCOC and CHE Accreditation and Compliance

    Required Education and Experience
    Required Qualifications Be a professor and scholar of proven excellence with a record of academic accomplishment appropriate for appointment at the rank of full professor. Demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence and innovation in undergraduate education, possess the ability to inspire and lead faculty, staff, and students, at a large public research university that values the quality of the undergraduate student experience. Demonstrate a successful record of experience with integrated learning programs that leverage for the benefit of students many beyond-the-classroom experiences such as service learning, internships, living/learning communities, and other student engagements. Demonstrate a commitment to academic advising initiatives. Demonstrate a successful record of experience collaborating with student affairs and academic support units. Possess interest in enhancing the undergraduate curriculum. Demonstrate a successful record of experience with curriculum development and approval processes; experience with accreditation review preferred. Demonstrate strong commitment to access and opportunity for all students. Possess three or more years of administrative experience and leading positive change at the department, college, or university level.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Job Close Date

    Special Instructions to Applicant
    Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are invited.
    1) All application packets must include the following:• A letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position• Current curriculum vitae• At least four references with full contact information including e-mail (References will not be contacted without consent from applicant.)
    2) Submit application packet as PDFs to best consideration, submit application packet by January 1, 2024. Additional information will be requested upon receipt of application. This position is open until filled.
    Submit nominations to with complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being nominated.
    ConsultantJennifer Barfield, Executive Vice President of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, is the lead consultant for this search. Request a conversation regarding this search at

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    Working at University of South Carolina

    With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

    The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

    Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

    By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

    Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

    In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

    South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

    The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

    South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

    The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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