Provost and Senior Vice President

Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
May 01, 2014
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Fielding Graduate University seeks candidates for the position of Provost and Senior Vice President. Fielding Graduate University is an accredited nonprofit leader in graduate education for adult learners. Our curriculum combines face‐to‐face and online approaches for a personalized learning experience, offering quality graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs for professionals living, working, and studying anywhere in the world. Fielding’s faculty members represent a breadth of scholarship and practice in the fields of clinical psychology and media psychology, human and organizational development, and educational leadership for change. Fundamental to Fielding’s reputation for quality programs, faculty are distinguished scholar-practitioners who serve as mentors and guides to self‐directed students who use their skills to become socially responsible leaders in their communities, workplaces, and society. The Position Fielding, a pioneer in distributed education, seeks candidates who bring a record of distinguished scholarship as well as a keen knowledge of the business of higher education to the position of Provost. The incumbent will spearhead our efforts to provide vibrant, relevant, growing, and financially successful academic programs, with the explicit charge to uphold the university’s core commitment to diversity and social justice. Directly and through subordinates or in collaboration with colleagues, the Provost fosters faculty and student diversity, and develops and defines structures that support graduate students’ successful completion of Fielding master’s and doctoral programs. She/he will lead the development, oversight, evaluation, and improvement of all academic programs. As chief academic officer, Fielding’s Provost is the university champion for academic excellence and the driving force that connects all of the Fielding community to the University’s mission and values. This work includes fundraising, such as for scholarships and grants, as well as promoting business development by initiating articulation agreements and international partnerships, and developing and acquiring new programs. In this respect, the Provost plays a major role in financial planning for the University, including budget creation, management, and strategy. As the leader of a team that includes program directors and the Dean for Student Development, the Provost oversees Research, Library Services, Advising, and Conferencing and Events. In addition, the Provost is a pivotal player in university governance, collaborating closely with the Senate Leadership Committee in Fielding’s shared governance structure. The provost also staffs the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. Preferred Qualifications Education: An earned doctorate (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in the social or behavioral sciences, or educational degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent. Experience: At least twelve years of experience that included a combination of: • teaching and scholarship at the doctoral level • teaching adult learners • teaching and/or leading in a distributed environment • senior leadership experience in higher education • a proven history of success in pursuing or maintaining regional and program accreditation To Apply Please e-mail a cover letter and CV (PDF format preferred) to A formal employment application will also be required, and the final offer of employment will be contingent upon completion of a background check. It is anticipated that a final candidate will be identified in Fall 2014. The start date is negotiable but the preferred start date for the new Provost and Senior Vice President is early 2015. For a detailed description of the position, qualifications, organizational distinction and facts about living in Santa Barbara please visit our employment page at Fielding is committed to social justice and diversity, and encourages individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply. The Fielding Distinction Fielding Graduate University was founded in 1974 to serve adult students who need a nontraditional approach to graduate-level education. Our distributed learning model emulates the Oxford independent student/tutorial approach: Students customize their experience. Fielding offers research-based graduate education uniquely structured to meet the needs and interests of scholar-practitioners from a variety of professions and backgrounds. We offer the only distributed graduate program in clinical psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association, and we launched the field of media psychology. With our acclaimed faculty and dedicated students and alumni around the country – and increasingly around the world – Fielding Graduate University continues to be a distinctive leader in innovative models of delivery for high-quality study. Our vision, mission, and values are as follows: Vision Our graduates excel in scholarship and practice that create a more humane, just, and sustainable world. Mission We deliver a personalized graduate education that fosters individual development, community collaboration, and societal engagement. Values Academic Excellence, Community, Diversity, Learner-centered Education, Social Justice, and Transformational Learning Please visit our website for more information.