Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Kentucky, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 28, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Western Kentucky University (WKU) announces a search for an accomplished, dynamic, and visionary academic leader for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. WKU seeks an individual strongly committed to advancing the academic mission of a student-centered, applied-research institution and fostering the scholarship, teaching, and professional development of the faculty.

WKU was founded in 1906 and is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky; the fastest growing city in the Commonwealth. Bowling Green, located about 110 miles south of Louisville and 65 miles north of Nashville, is a refugee resettlement site, creating an ethnically and racially diverse city of approximately 67,000 people. More than 85 different languages are spoken in and around Bowling Green and people from approximately 35 nationalities call the area home. The university’s population of approximately 17,500 students includes 32% first-generation university, 18% underrepresented minority, and 1% international students. Designated a national university by US News, WKU is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation. At the heart of our mission, WKU seeks to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities.

WKU academic programs are offered through five academic colleges: Arts and Letters; Business; Education and Behavioral Sciences; Health and Human Services; and Science and Engineering; as well as special university units; including, the Mahurin Honors College and the Gatton Academy for Math and Science in Kentucky. Additionally, WKU serves the communities of Elizabethtown/ Fort Knox, Glasgow, and Owensboro through its regional campuses. WKU also has a robust online enrollment and provides nationally-ranked online degrees and certificate programs.

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs reports directly to the President and serves as the chief academic officer of the University. The Provost oversees the creation, implementation, and advancement of the University’s academic mission. The Provost is responsible for the academic integrity of the University and fostering a challenging and stimulating intellectual environment.


• Proven record of academic leadership with a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and service;

• Earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree in an academic discipline offered by the University with qualifications meriting appointment at the rank of professor with tenure; and

• Significant academic leadership experience at the level of academic dean or higher.

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Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all candidates. WKU will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.