Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Position Information

Position Information

Position Number 606010
Working Title Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
Job Title Provost
Job Type Full-Time
Department Office of the Provost
Job Purpose

Assists the President in accomplishing goals of the University’s central academic division.

Essential Functions

• Effectively articulate and implement an academic vision and provide leadership to develop and execute strategic plans to carry out the vision and mission of the University.
• Work collaboratively with the President, the senior administration of the University, and the Tennessee Tech University Board of Trustees.
• Provide leadership for all academic activities and functions of the University.
• Represent the interests and concerns of academic affairs to the President and senior leadership.
• Provide leadership to recruit, select, retain, and mentor a strong academic leadership team and faculty.
• Provide leadership to the deans to achieve the goals of each college or school, specifically to assess, monitor, and recommend changes in the curriculum and academic requirements.
• Supervise and evaluate the performance of personnel who report directly to the Provost.
• Build the annual academic affairs budget, assist in college and program budgets, ensure fiscal accountability, and monitor the instructional component of the University’s operating budget.
• Promote academic excellence.
• Provide leadership to ensure that the University remains in compliance with all accreditation standards.
• Work collaboratively with the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Career Placement on enrollment initiatives to include undergraduate, graduate, adult, and international students.
• Enthusiastically promote student success and retention.
• Actively promote a robust scholarship/research agenda.
• Promote diversity throughout the University.
• Represent Tennessee Tech in regional/national discussions on the future of higher education and the ongoing challenges facing the University as higher education evolves.
• Work collaboratively to strengthen and enhance Tennessee Tech’s leadership and service throughout the Upper Cumberland Region.
• Develop, nurture, and build cooperative, collegial working relationships with a broad range of university and higher education constituencies, including international programs.
• Work collaboratively with the President, Vice President for University Advancement, and Tennessee Tech Foundation in setting a philanthropic tone throughout the campus.
• Work collaboratively to upgrade classrooms, laboratories and offices, including the construction of new buildings.
• Ensure adherence with policies and procedures to ensure high academic standards.
• Serve as the Chief Executive Officer in the President’s absence.

Minimum Qualifications

• An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university.
• A proven track record in teaching, research, and service that supports appointment as a full professor in one of the colleges or schools.
• Demonstrated progressive leadership responsibilities at senior levels of higher education administration.
• Demonstrated commitment to shared governance.
• Ability to inspire trust and confidence through the demonstration of integrity and trustworthy behavior.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in student success, distance education/online learning, and development and implementation of new programs within an environment of shared governance.
• Knowledge of aligning academic priorities with resource development activities.
• Understanding of current higher education issues, trends, and future directions.
• Experience with promotion, tenure, and promoting faculty development.
• Record of working with accrediting agencies.

• Demonstrated executive leadership skills including long-term visionary leadership and strategic thinking.
• Successful experience in developing and executing academic strategies.
• Commitment to assessment of strategic applications of technology in higher education.
• Experience in delegation of appropriate responsibilities and accountability for decisions and actions.
• Strong record of budgeting, fiduciary accountability, transparency and acumen necessary to facilitate the allocation of resources with strategic goals.

• Expertise in fostering partnerships between a university and the region it serves.
• Demonstrated experience using collaboration and consensus building from diverse groups in making strategic decisions.
• Demonstrated innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to interdisciplinary research and education.
• Ability to make difficult decisions in a timely manner to promote university performance.

• Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity at all levels.
• At least ten years of academic leadership experience.

Work Hours

Typical hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Additional hours if/when needed.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary Commensurate with education and experience; Executive Pay Grade EX32.
Benefits Information

Benefits include the accumulation of two vacation days per month and one sick leave day per month, and thirteen University holidays. Other benefits include medical and life insurance (shared cost with the university), retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits.

Posting Details

Posting Date 09/14/2017
Screening Date 10/16/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants will be required to electronically upload a letter of application describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; current curriculum vitae; and the names of five references with titles, mailing addresses, business/home telephone numbers, and email addresses.

Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address, telephone number, and email address of the nominee to Dr. Lizabeth Mullens at

Screening of applicants will begin October 16, 2017; open until filled. Submission of materials is the applicant’s responsibility. Applications without all required materials are incomplete and will not be considered.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have an earned doctorate from an accredited college or university?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a proven track record in teaching, research, and service that supports appointment as a full professor in one of the colleges or schools?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * How did you hear about this job opportunity?

    (Open Ended Question)