Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
American International College (AIC) is a private, coeducational, four-year comprehensive institution of higher education located on a 72-acre campus in the geographic center of Springfield, Massachusetts. The campus comprises two sites located approximately 1/2 mile apart and has 29 buildings overall. Included in the inventory of buildings are student residences for a resident population of over 800 students.
AIC is a highly diverse community providing access and opportunity to students from a variety of backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, and countries. AIC serves between 2500 and 3000 graduate and undergraduate students with over 50% classifying as Pell eligible and over 50% identifying as persons of color. A variety of undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through the Schools of Business, Arts and Sciences; Health Sciences; and Education. AIC’s mission is to prepare students for personal fulfillment, professional achievement, and civic engagement through educational experiences that transform lives. AIC’s academic programs are intended to engage students in theory and applied learning, while preparing them for the challenges and opportunities presented in the global environment.
Under the leadership of Dr. Vincent Maniaci, AIC has strengthened and grown in position and stature over the past 15 years. Most recently, the School of Business, Arts and Sciences added seven new and revised programs and began a new general education curriculum which was implemented in fall 2020. The School of Education has been restructured in order to strengthen its focus on academic rigor, educator preparation partnerships, and a new bachelor’s degree in educational studies aligned to scaffold with the master’s in education and the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies programs. There are five academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, exercise science, and public health that comprise the School of Health Sciences. The nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy programs boast 100% job placement and all have at least an 88% passage rate on national exams. In addition, the exercise science program has a 100% graduation rate and is nationally recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The public health program started as a bachelor’s degree and is expecting its first master’s degree graduates in May of 2021. Through strong connections within the community, public health students have the opportunity for many internship and practicum experiences. The School of Health Sciences has a strong focus on inter-professional education and features state-of-the-art facilities for hands-on learning.
AIC’s growth has incentivized the College to expand its facilities plan by spending over $30 million in the past five years on enhancing all aspects of the campus. More specifically, the College has transitioned its library into a learning commons, modernized its dining commons, constructed a new health sciences facility, and built/created a graduate housing complex.
American International College is a proud member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), offering 25 varsity athletic programs. The ice hockey program competes at the Division I level and is a member of the Atlantic Hockey Association. AIC was one of nine founding members of the AHA when it formed in 2003. The other 24 varsity programs compete at the NCAA Division II level, 20 of which compete in the Northeast-10 Conference. AIC was a founding member of the then Northeast-7 in 1981, and currently sponsors programs that compete in baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women’s golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, women's tennis, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track & field, and women's volleyball. The wrestling program competes as an NCAA Division II independent in Super Region I, and is the only NCAA Division II wrestling program in New England. Emerging sports include women’s triathlon (independent) and women's rugby, which competes in the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA). In 2020, the department added men's volleyball, which competes as an independent. As a 26th sport, the department also sponsors a club men's rugby team which competes in the Liberty League – Division 1A.
The executive vice president for academic affairs (EVPAA) position offers a unique opportunity to join a collaborative community and help an institution continue to grow by identifying, expanding, and enhancing programming. The College has created an institutional vision focused on access, opportunity, and diversity supported by key area visions and seeks the individual who wants to build/expand upon the overall vision to further develop the academic enterprise. More specific responsibilities are listed below.
- Lead a vision-based academic planning process that increases the College’s overall competitive position and ensures long-term stability.
- Provide effective leadership for all areas of academic affairs, including the School of Education, the School of Business, Arts and Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, the Office of Institutional Research; advising, the Office of the Registrar, the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS), the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLS), the Center for Navigating Educational Success Together (NEST), and the library.
- Execute a collaborative leadership style to ensure the success of the College, including support and advocacy of the faculty.
- Advance the academic priorities and goals of the College in a fiscally responsible manner, balancing expenses and revenues and managing growth, with an emphasis on new and enhanced programming, student learning, and quality of instruction.
- Maintain proactive and ongoing attention to factors influencing current and future accreditation status, including but not limited to all programmatic and institutional assessment, annual program reports, and periodic program review, ensuring instructional excellence and academic integrity.
- Serve as the point of contact for external constituents on issues related to academic affairs, including the Board of Trustees, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), and other accrediting bodies (e.g., CCNE, ACOTE and CAPTE).
- Provide advisory recommendations to the president on academic appointments, faculty recruitment, evaluation, and development, tenure and promotion matters, and ensure that such processes comply with the terms of the faculty handbook.
- Oversee the collaboration of the areas that fall within academic affairs to ensure the College is following best academic policies and practices.
- Be responsible for the integrity of the academic process.
- Other assignments by the president.
- Earned doctorate from an accredited institution.
- Significant experience in an office of academic affairs.
- Demonstrated progression of senior academic administrative positions.
- Successful record of leadership and accomplishment in strategic planning, faculty development, shared governance, operational management, curriculum enhancement, and encouraging excellence and innovation in teaching through the use of technology, research and creative activities.
- Ability and proven success of development and implementation of new programming and academic partnerships with external academic entities.
- Experience developing and managing complex budgets.
- Ability to gather information, dig deep into the information, make difficult decisions based on this information, and communicate transparently the recommendation or decision(s) effectively and timely.
- Knowledge and understanding of alternative academic program delivery models.
- As a key member of the president's leadership team, demonstrates excellent communication, execution, transparence, and collaboration skills in close partnership with the president.
- Proven ability to pursue external funding for support of academic affairs programming in collaboration with institutional advancement.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong verbal and written skills.
- Ability to formulate and articulate sound academic policies and procedures.
- Demonstrated ability to identify, resolve, and consult on a wide range of administrative and personnel issues with a clear sense of institutional needs and priorities.
- Strong organizational and management skills.
- Ability to competently and objectively advocate and advise the president on academic matters.
- Ability to adeptly manage staff and multiple projects.
This is a full-time, exempt level, benefit eligible position. Normal office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm, flexible to the needs of the department.
AIC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Qualified applicants should save and submit the following documents with the online application.
- Brief cover letter
- Current resume
- Contact information for three professional references (one of which must be a current or prior supervisor)
Review of applications will continue until the position has been filled.