Vice President for Academic Affairs

Columbia, Boone County
Jul 11, 2014
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Stephens College, located in the vibrant college town of Columbia, Missouri, invites nominations and applications for its next Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). The VPAA is to assume office in January 2015. Stephens College ( is the second oldest women’s college in the country. More than 50 majors and minors are offered at the undergraduate level for women, as well as distance learning and on-campus programs for both men and women through graduate and continuing studies. There are roughly 50 full-time faculty, most of whom have PhDs or appropriate terminal degrees in their field, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. Approximately 600 undergraduate residential full-time students are currently enrolled, and in addition, more than 200 graduate and online students. Within the College, there are five schools: the School of Fashion and Design; School of Humanities and Sciences; School of Interdisciplinary Studies; School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication; and School of Performing Arts. Stephens College is located within walking distance of downtown Columbia, Missouri, approximately 120 miles from both Kansas City and St. Louis. Columbia has a population of approximately 113,500 and is consistently rated as a top city in which to live because of its educational facilities, health care, cultural opportunities, and cost of living. The new VPAA will join Stephens College at a time of growth and must be able to manage change, supporting and valuing tradition even as s/he embraces and engages with new models and new approaches in pedagogy and course delivery. Working hand-in-hand with the Senior Staff and with the Deans Council, s/he will play an integral role in advancing and overseeing implementation of the strategic plan (, as well as the upcoming launch of a comprehensive campaign devoted to academic excellence. The successful candidate will possess an earned doctorate and a distinguished record of excellence in teaching and scholarship; a record of successful and increasingly responsible academic leadership experience as a vice president, dean, department chair or director; outstanding leadership skills including the ability to listen, communicate, and collaborate effectively with the College’s diverse stakeholders; a demonstrated capacity for creative and innovative leadership in curricular development; knowledge of assessment and accreditation; experience with budgets, budget oversight, and managing resources wisely; and a demonstrated understanding of and support for the College’s commitment to women’s education. A full search profile can be found under Current Searches at The College is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter addressing the qualifications outlined in the profile, a curriculum vitae or resume, a statement describing your leadership style, a statement of educational philosophy, and a list of at least five professional references with full contact information and a note indicating the nature of your working relationship with each; references will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to Applications received by August 31, 2014, will be assured full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Andrea Warren Hamos at or Andrea Cowsert at In compliance with the College policy, as well as Federal and State equal opportunity laws, Stephens College provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.