Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Texas Wesleyan University is launching a national search for a provost. Texas Wesleyan seeks a successful teacher, scholar, and experienced academic leader committed to academic excellence. The candidates experience should demonstrate distinction in interdisciplinary, liberal arts education at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels.
The Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs reports to the President and leads, directs and evaluates the University academic programs and activities.
The Office of the Provost advises the President, senior administrators, and board members on academic matters and oversees the following areas:
Directs and coordinates activities of the deans and academic directors, key faculty governance groups on all curricular, academic personnel and budget matters.
Oversees planning, curriculum, faculty, libraries, and academic life
Serves as liaison with accrediting agencies which evaluate academic programs.
The Office of the Provost oversees the following areas as well:
- Academic Support Services
- Institutional Research
- The Graduate School of Health Professions
- The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
The Provost plays a pivotal role in the strategic plan in the following areas:
- Sustaining high quality and vibrant academic pre-professional liberal arts undergraduate and graduate professional programs, employing student-centered best-practice teaching methods.
- Leadership in the provision of moral, ethical, and academic support to develop successful community and professional leaders.
- Partner in financial management to support academic excellence and affordability for students.
- Facilitate community engagement, experiential learning, and community aware academic programming.
The University is committed to the principle that each student deserves personal attention.
All members of the academic community must have freedom to pursue independent thought and to exercise intellectual curiosity.
Texas Wesleyan endeavors to create a learning environment where each student is provided an opportunity to pursue individual excellence, to think clearly and creatively and to communicate effectively. The University strives to develop a sense of civic responsibility and spiritual sensitivity, with a commitment to moral actions. Texas Wesleyan University’s goal is to develop informed, responsible and articulate citizens.
Texas Wesleyan University was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1890. It was named the Women’s College for Southern Methodism until 1914, when it became the Texas Women’s
College. In 1934, it became Texas Wesleyan College, and Texas Wesleyan University in 1988.
In 2017, Texas Wesleyan brought back its football program after a 75-year hiatus. Since then, the
University has also added wrestling and dance teams. It has expanded academic offerings, including a B.B.A. in computer information sciences and a
Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner, among others. It has also transitioned its MBA program to a 100% online format, and shortened its length to as little as one year.
The University continues to be a United Methodist institution with a tradition in the liberal arts and sciences and a focus on professional and career preparation. To learn more visit https://txwes.edu/
THE LEADERSHIP AGENDA
Serving as the university’s chief academic officer, the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs acts as a strategic and practical advisor the President, executive staff and the Board of Trustees in the development and execution of the university’s overall leadership, vision and management of the school’s academic programs. He/she also provides leadership for all aspects of the university's efforts to engage the public and the university campus through leading faculty governance, academic program development and management, compliance with State and Federal regulatory mandates, and implementing the strategic plan.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Directs and coordinates activities of deans and academic directors, and key faculty governance
- groups on all curricular, academic personnel, and budget matters.
- Oversees University planning, curriculum, faculty, libraries, and academic life.
- Determines scheduling of courses and recommends implementation of additional courses.
- Coordinates activities of student advisors.
- Ensures the quality and effectiveness of all academic-related programs.
- Participates in activities of faculty committees.
- Advises the President, senior administrators, and Board members on academic matters.
- Directs all areas of the academic budget development and effectively monitors program costs.
- Carries out staff program and performance evaluations, establishes relevant policies and
- procedures, and other administrative duties.
- Serves as the chief liaison officer with accrediting agencies, which evaluate academic programs.
- Serves as chief administrative officer in absence of President.
- Attends weekly meetings with the President to determine strategy and evaluate progress toward
- University academic goals.
- Leads regularly scheduled staff meetings to review progress toward academic goals and to
- develop new programs and strategies.
- Ensures weekly staff reports are prepared to inform division-wide progress to the President,
- Senior Staff, and the Board of Trustees.
- Ensures completion of annual staff evaluations with each staff member in the division.
ATTRIBUTES AND QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal provost at Texas Wesleyan University will possess the following leadership attributes
- A Visionary Leader Focused on Texas Wesleyan’s Future
The new provost will lead Texas Wesleyan in a collaborative and collegial effort of curricular
and instructional modality evaluation, innovation, and change. Focused on Texas Wesleyan’s
mission and building upon the university's recent successes launching new programs, the provost
will lead in charting an aggressive course of continued transformation.
Texas Wesleyan’s able and committed faculty share a keen sense of community and are focused
on teaching excellence and developing students to their full potential. The provost will have a
strong record of genuine engagement with faculty in advancing academic program development
and campus community engagement. Texas Wesleyan’s provost will be expected to develop a
deep understanding of the needs and values of Texas Wesleyan students, staff and faculty and
advance the existing powerful sense of campus community. The provost should promote the
academic agenda within the university’s senior leadership to advance academic quality.
Texas Wesleyan University expects the provost to be a transformational leader. The successful
candidate will have a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. The provost will exhibit
strong supervisory and management skills coupled with the ability to lead productive and
effective teams in an open, transparent, collaborative, and supportive environment. The provost
will be a mentor to faculty and staff. The successful candidate will develop the respect and trust
of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the entire Texas Wesleyan University community.
The new provost will lead during one of the most challenging times in higher education. The
ideal candidate will work effectively with the academic, executive, finance, and governing board
leadership through a data-driven process to sets strategic priorities and develops mechanisms for
guiding in their implementation.
Texas Wesleyan University is proud of its socio-economically diverse majority-minority student
body. Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the university student body, faculty
and staff is a priority. The provost will develop and implement a plan to continue and enhance
the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty and staff and serve as an advocate and
spokesperson on issues of equity and inclusion.
Texas Wesleyan University’s mission is “to develop students to their full potential as individuals
and as members of the world community.” We are a values- and student-centered university
where motivated students prepare for graduate school and leadership in professional careers. Our
“Smaller.Smarter.” approach to learning and teaching focuses on individualized attention to
students by gifted faculty in intentionally small classes. The provost will enhance this student centered
approach by leading faculty and staff to connect academic learning to the full student
life experience. The successful candidate will spearhead the university’s efforts to seek and
employ faculty and staff with commitment and dedication to teaching, inspiring, and serving
The provost serves as a key member of the University’s executive leadership team and works
closely with the vice president for finance and administration (CFO). The successful candidate
will have extensive experience in effective financial planning and a record of fiscal
responsibility. The ideal candidate will show a history of prudent and strategic resource
allocation that enhances enrollment growth and ensures financial stability.
Texas Wesleyan University’s award winning “Smaller.Smarter.” enrollment marketing strategy
has positioned the university for growth in our niche market. The ideal provost candidate will
have extensive experience in successful collaboration with enrollment marketing to align
academic programs with student interests and marketplace needs.
The provost will be the primary spokesperson for the university’s academic programs. The
successful candidate will have exceptional written and verbal communication skills and be
effective in communicating with academic and non-academic audiences large and small. The
ideal candidate will have experience collaborating with communications professionals to develop
comprehensive strategies to advance the university’s academic mission within the campus
community and targeted audiences within relevant segments of society.
Texas Wesleyan University, located in Fort Worth, Texas, is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth
Metroplex, the fourth largest metropolitan statistical area in the U.S. The new provost will take advantage of this exceptional opportunity and build significant relationships within this vibrant
and growing community that create opportunities for students, faculty, enrollment, and philanthropy.
Education and/or Experience
The strongest candidate will evidence a strong record as teacher and scholar, combined with a
successful record of increasing academic leadership and administrative experience. A terminal
degree in a discipline offered at Texas Wesleyan is preferred.
A proven track record of creative and visionary leadership in the development of academic
planning in coordination with multiple stakeholders is essential. Demonstrated adeptness and
creativity with emerging technology for academic programs and a strong eagerness to learn, and
guide colleagues In new methods of academic delivery is essential in the current academic
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated ability to be an inspiring, collaborative leader who can interact
productively and effectively with internal constituents (employees, students, executive
leaders and Board members) and external constituents.
Ability to think strategically, build consensus, and engage multiple constituencies of the
University in collegial and constructive decision-making.
Familiarity with academic policies and procedures of private universities.
Familiarity with higher education budgeting and scheduling processes.
Clear understanding of assessment processes and the ability to conduct needs studies in an
Ability to use discretion in handling confidential matters.
Proficiency with an integrated administrative system and current software programs.
Knowledge of human resources concepts, practices, policies, and procedures.
Knowledge of applicable legislation, standards, policies and procedures within higher education
Ability to adhere to University & departmental policies and procedures.
Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments.
Ability to develop, plan, implement, and evaluate programs and short- and long-range goals.
Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
Outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills.
Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
**To be considered for the position, please submit your application here: https://txwes.peopleadmin.com/postings/3793 **