Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

La Verne, Los Angeles County
Jul 03, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs

University of La Verne

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

The University of La Verne is a national, comprehensive doctoral/research institution located in Southern California at the eastern edge of Los Angeles County. Annually ranked as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes Magazine, the 122 year-old, non-profit university offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs to over 8,500 students on its main campus in La Verne, 11 regional campuses and other sites throughout California.

Job Description Summary:
The University of La Verne invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The University of La Verne is a Carnegie Doctoral/Comprehensive University in Southern California, enrolling over 8,500 students in four colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Management, the College of Education and Organizational Leadership, and the College of Law. The University is recognized by Federal standards as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). In addition to the main campus, the University has regional campuses in central and southern California administered through the Regional and Online Campus.

The mission of the University of La Verne is to offer a distinctive and relevant educational experience to a diverse population of traditional-age, students over traditional age, and graduate learners, approximately 50% of whom are first generation, preparing them for successful careers and a commitment to life-long learning across the liberal arts and professional programs. La Verne offers high quality, liberal arts and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels to both traditional-aged and adult learners. The University provides a student-centered, values-based and diverse learning environment, and takes pride in offering small class sizes in a highly personalized setting. La Verne actively reaches out to the greater community by sharing its academic, professional, and individual resources.

The La Verne Experience is at the center of a strategic plan that is focused on serving an ethnically and economically diverse student population, one that is representative of the demographics of Southern California. The La Verne Experience pedagogical features include learning communities, theory-to-practice, experiential learning, community engagement and reflective practice. Two prominent annual rankings of American’s Best Colleges – U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes Magazine recognize the University of La Verne as one of the nation’s top national universities.

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Specific Duties:
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the university’s chief academic officer and serves as the executive officer in the absence of the President. Reporting directly to the President, the Provost provides leadership and oversight for all academic programs, and works with the University community to develop and implement a unified academic vision that leads all academic programs to higher levels of excellence. Those reporting to the Provost include: the academic deans of the four colleges, and those who lead various other student and administrative components of the University. The Provost has responsibility for The La Verne Experience, academic budgets, university accreditations and implementing outcomes assessment for all academic programs, implementation of appropriate pedagogies and technologies (face-to-face, hybrid, online), overseeing recruitment, retention, evaluation, promotion and tenure of faculty; and supporting faculty enrichment and development in teaching, scholarship, and solicitation of grants. The Provost will work closely with the faculty and administration to strengthen the environment of collaborative decision making and shared governance. The Provost works closely with the President to expand The La Verne Experience program-wide to further academic excellence as part of the 2020 Vision/Strategic Plan; partner with the Master Plan for the Campus, and support the upcoming Capital Campaign. The Provost is expected to have a visible profile on campus and in the community, and in national higher education environments.

Minimum Qualifications:
Desired qualifications
• Earned doctorate from an accredited institution.
• Eligible for the rank of full professor at the University of La Verne.
• At least five years experience in academic administration at the Dean’s level or higher with a record of increasing responsibility appropriate for a senior-level administrative appointment.
• Demonstrated commitment to academic excellence in university teaching.
• Demonstrated commitment to academic excellence in faculty research.
• Record of successful teaching in higher education and a distinguished record of scholarship and publication.
• Leadership experience at a comprehensive university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees to traditional-aged and adult students.
• Knowledge of trends and issues in higher education including globalization.
• A national reputation in the higher education conversation.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity in building a multicultural teaching and learning community, supporting the University’s Strategic Plan for Diversity.
• A strong record of leadership and the proven ability to think strategically, prioritize effectively, and act decisively.
• An effective communicator, collaborator and team builder.
• Experience with fund raising, including major gifts.
• Experience and demonstrated leadership in a shared governance environment.
• Demonstrated commitment to co-curricular activities, civic engagement, and athletics.
• A passionate commitment to the mission of the University, including support for the University’s emphasis on ethical reasoning, diversity and inclusivity, community and civic engagement, and life long learning.


La Verne Central Campus

Benefits Summary:
The hiring range for this position is dependent upon qualifications and departmental equity. Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse and dependent children and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan.

Special Instructions Summary:
Application process
Expressions of interest (cover letter and CV), and nominations may be sent to the University’s consultant: Elaine Turner, The Turner Group at: (909) 621-2590.
Review of credentials will begin immediately. For best consideration, please submit materials before September 1, 2014. The preferred start date for the new Provost is January 2015.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: