Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the College
Drury University, an independent liberal arts university located in Springfield, Missouri, seeks a dynamic and visionary Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. The VPAA will report to the President as the chief academic officer, providing leadership in all areas of the academic enterprise of the university. Responsible for shaping, articulating, and enacting academic priorities for the university, the VPAA will serve a key role in enhancing Drury’s distinction as a regionally-ranked university. This position will build upon Drury’s strengths to improve existing programs, plan for program development, continue the tradition of life-long learning and exceptional undergraduate and graduate education, recruit and develop outstanding faculty, promote engaged learning experiences both locally and globally, deepen interdisciplinary connections that integrate liberal and professional learning, and promote faculty scholarship, creativity, and community engagement.
Candidates must have an earned doctorate or terminal degree, a demonstrated work history of progressively responsible, successful experience as an academic administrator at the Dean level or above, and a history of successful teaching at the college level. Other qualifications include successful experience with faculty governance and personnel management; knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to higher education; strategic planning and resource allocation for staff, facilities, and equipment; academic program development and evaluation; and the ability to foster a spirit of teamwork based upon shared goals, effective communication and listening skills, objectivity in decision-making, and the vision and integrity necessary to promote and sustain a sense of community. At least seven years of experience as an academic administrator is preferred.
Drury is a mid-sized private institution that serves approximately 1,575 traditional full-time undergraduate students, 418 graduate students, and 2,656 non-traditional students. Dedicated to the integration of liberal and professional studies, Drury offers a wide range of undergraduate and master’s level programs. A member of the New American Colleges and Universities, the university maintains the values of its founding as a liberal arts college through an emphasis on excellence in teaching and a model of the faculty member as teacher-scholar. For more information please view the search profile at: www.drury.edu/vpaa
Application material should be submitted electronically and include: a letter of application addressing the qualifications listed above and the principles that guide you as an academic leader; a current cv; and the names of at least five references. Nominations and applications should be submitted to: Scotti Ann Siebert, PHR, Director of Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The review of application materials will begin on September 2, 2014. For best consideration, please submit materials by August 31, 2014. The position will remain open until filled.
Drury University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.