Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs - Vice Chancellor and Provost Office - 16820

Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 07, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time


The Vice Chancellor and Provost Office at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a visionary academic leader to serve as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is the Chief Academic Officer of the university and reports directly to the Chancellor. The Provost is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and serves as the chief operating officer and ranking official at the university in the Chancellor’s absence.

This will be a full-time Limited appointment serving at the pleasure of the Chancellor. To learn more about this type of appointment please see the UW System Administrative Policy 1251: Appointment Terms & Designation of Positions and the Personnel Rules .


As the Chief Academic Officer, the Provost is supported by the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and has the following colleges, programs and offices as direct reports: College of Arts and Communication; College of Business and Economics; College of Education and Professional Studies; College of Integrated Studies; College of Letters and Sciences; School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education; Instructional, Communication and Information Technology; Enrollment and Retention; General Education; Research and Sponsored Programs, and University Libraries.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Hold a terminal degree
  • Demonstrated experience as a teacher/scholar qualifying the candidate for tenure and appointment at the rank of full professor
  • Academic and institutional leadership, including the ability to passionately promote a campus vision while managing hands-on details
  • Experience with complex budgets, and the ability to (re)align resources to accomplish strategic outcomes
  • A commitment to shared governance, academic assessment, and advancement in diversity and inclusivity initiatives

Desired Characteristics:

  • Experience expanding the academic reach of an institution through innovative and effective programming and regional engagement and outreach
  • A history of promoting excellence in teaching, scholarly/creative achievement and service, including experience with the tenure, promotion and professional development of faculty and academic staff
  • Desire to promote and build upon the distinctive character of the institution’s student-centered learning environment by staying connected to students and working with Whitewater Student Government
  • An understanding of the role of admissions, and recruitment and retention programs for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Effective interpersonal skills, attitudes, and collaborative tendencies in working effectively with diverse constituencies on and off-campus
  • An understanding of current and future challenges and opportunities facing regional comprehensive universities

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds


The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is the academic leader and chief operating officer of the institution and is responsible for administering all academic programs in association with the Deans and other members of the Academic Affairs staff, as well as: ensuring and enhancing the quality of undergraduate and graduate education; planning, developing, coordinating, and evaluating academic programs in ways that assure academic quality; overseeing the appointment, review, and professional development of faculty and academic staff; overseeing recruitment, retention and graduation of students; supporting the institution’s diversity and inclusion initiatives; planning, acquiring, and allocating resources in ways that fulfill the accomplishment of the mission and strategic plan of the university; and representing the institution within the UW System and before agencies and constituencies outside the System as appropriate.

A. Ensuring and enhancing the quality of undergraduate and graduate education.

  1. Support optimization of student learning and success through oversight of academic assessment initiatives, and monitor student success manifest in matriculation, retention, credits to degree, advising and graduation date.
  2. In collaboration with the Division of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Student Success, oversee and promote expansion of co-curricular learning opportunities (e.g., international programs, study abroad, internships and experiential learning, student organizations, and undergraduate research).
  3. Monitor and promote equity in student success, leading innovative programs and supports to close equity gaps in student success and progression metrics.
  4. Collaborate with other institutional divisions (e.g., Student Affairs) in ways that expand opportunities, advance student learning, and promote student success.
  5. Monitor and promote equity in student success in special student populations, including remedial and honors programming.
  6. Oversee the recruitment, retention and graduation of students.

B. Planning, acquiring, and allocating resources in ways that fulfill the accomplishment of the mission and strategic plan of the university.

  1. Participate in enrollment management decisions.
  2. Manage divisional staffing plans and allocations, budget development, incremental and base budget increases and reductions, as well as salary and merit considerations.
  3. Prepare and submit accountability and accreditation information as necessary.
  4. Manage cooperative, articulation and inter-institutional agreements relevant to academic programs.

C. Planning, developing, coordinating, and evaluating academic programs in ways that assure academic quality.

  1. Manage review of instructional and non-instructional programs that support the academic mission of the university.
  2. Manage the array of academic programs, including the planning and approval of new programs while updating the existing program array to meet the University mission, strategic plan, and financial plan.
  3. Prepare and submit accountability and accreditation information as necessary.
  4. Manage cooperative, articulation and inter-institutional agreements relevant to academic programs.

D. Overseeing the appointment, review, and professional development of faculty and staff.

  1. Oversee recruitment, hiring, evaluation, and reappointment of faculty and academic staff.
  2. Make recommendations to the Chancellor regarding reappointment, promotion and tenure decisions of faculty as well as the renewal and promotion of academic staff.
  3. Work with the Faculty Senate and Academic Staff Assembly in interpreting policy and resolving complaints, grievances, appeals and litigation´s relevant to State of Wisconsin statutes, UW System policies, and faculty and academic staff personnel rules.
  4. Promote instructional improvement and scholarly/creative achievement among faculty and staff through on-campus programming and participation in UW System faculty development opportunities.
  5. Oversee awarding of sabbaticals, fellowships, Fulbright opportunities, faculty and academic staff development grants, and other intramural grant opportunities.
  6. Promote faculty and staff excellence through management of campus-wide awards relevant to instruction, scholarly/creative achievement, service, and academic advising.
  7. Oversee new staff orientation and development of administrative skills of faculty and staff where relevant (e.g., department chair development).
  8. Review staff that are in direct reporting relationships to the Provost.

E. Ensuring progress in the accomplishment of the institution’s affirmative action initiatives.

  1. Further implementation of the UW-Whitewater Diversity Plan.
  2. Support vigorous affirmative action decisions in relation to recruiting, search and screen, and hiring initiatives among faculty and staff.
  3. Support the effective planning for and deployment of instructional, communication and information technologies.
  4. Promote and support instructional and non-instructional opportunities and programming that advance multicultural, disadvantaged, and disabled student populations.
  5. Supervise requests for and disbursement of special funding opportunities made available by UW System (e.g., faculty and staff development, laboratory/classroom modernization, etc.), as well as institution-initiated application of special course and technology fees.
  6. Co-chair the Strategic Planning and Budget Committee.

F. Representing the institution within the UW System and before agencies and constituencies outside the System.

  1. Serve as the Chancellor’s representative at UW System meetings and external events as necessary.
  2. Correspond with UW System and other external agencies as necessary in all aforementioned responsibilities.


Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. In the fall of 2018, as a result of the University of Wisconsin System’s restructuring of the state’s 13 two-year campuses formerly known as UW Colleges, UW–Rock County began operating as a branch campus of UW–Whitewater under the new name of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Main Campus and Rock County Campus are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offers the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs. UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.

To learn more about UW-Whitewater's competitive benefits packages go to our: ALEX webpage, which is our interactive benefits decision support tool.


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles ( ) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices ( ). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs ( ) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys ( ).


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings is targeted to be implemented mid-2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater has the authority to implement temporary workforce reduction and cost saving measures to address financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 Crisis, consistent with Wisconsin law and Board of Regents, UW System, and UW-Whitewater policy and procedure.


Applications received by noon on January 18, 2021 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Frank Goza
Dean, College of Letters & Sciences


Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:

  • Letter of interest specifically addressing experience related to responsibilities, minimum qualifications, and desired characteristics listed for the position
  • Curriculum Vita/Resume
  • Names and contact information (title, email, phone number) for five professional references

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