Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Arkansas, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 09, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

About Arkansas Tech
Founded in 1909, Arkansas Tech is a state supported comprehensive institution, maintaining regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and classification as a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) level III institution. It is the third-largest in the state with an enrollment close to 12,000 students. The Russellville campus, located in the scenic Arkansas River Valley between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains, is just one hour from the capital city of Little Rock and boasts a charming blend of historic and modern architecture, including beautiful grounds and greenery.  Offering over 100 undergraduate degree programs and more than 25 graduate degree programs across seven academic colleges and two campuses, Arkansas Tech strives to provide a solid educational foundation for life-long learning to a diverse community.  For more information about Arkansas Tech University and the surrounding community, please visit our website at to find our “Live Here” informational resources.

Position Summary
The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA) provides oversight and strategic leadership for colleges, academic departments and degree programs.  The AVPAA has responsibility for matters related to recruitment, hiring, retention, and recognition of faculty. The AVPAA is responsible for ensuring consistency of policies in the hiring, annual review, evaluation, and promotion and tenure process for faculty, all aspects of curriculum including general education and program specific curricula, and program assessment and continuous improvement.  The AVPAA supervises the Offices for Online Learning Initiatives, Center for Excellence in Teaching and University Honors.  The AVPAA reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and serves as a member of the academic affairs leadership council and dean’s council. This is a full-time, twelve-month position. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Provide leadership in promoting and safeguarding academic quality and ensuring academic rigor for all degree and non-degree programs.

Act as a liaison with deans and faculty to monitor new and existing academic program development and curricular updates.

Work effectively with faculty in ways that demonstrate faculty oversight and authority over the academic program.

Prepare analyses to ensure new program proposals reflect careful attention to all elements.

Participate in review of program performance metrics, academic master plan development, and academic strategic plan development. 

Serve as a liaison with the campus community, faculty, administration, and institutional research to ensure quality and viability of existing and new academic programs.

Participate in faculty recruitment and continuing professional development, and work closely with other University members on academic strategic planning, and educational policy issues, program accreditation actions, and program outcome measures.

Work with the VPAA, Deans and department chairs, to provide support, analysis, and feedback to academic programs in developing feasibility of new academic programs.

Coordinates the recruitment and appointment of all faculty; and the retention, tenure, and promotion process for tenure-track faculty.

Provide training to faculty, staff, chairs, and deans on faculty and staff personnel matters.

Facilitates informal resolution of faculty complaints and processes faculty formal grievances and disciplinary actions for VPAA review and action.

Maintains faculty database records.

Maintains knowledge of faculty workload policies and practices and makes recommendations accordingly.

Represents the VPAA and/or ATU at meetings, presentations, and forums with internal and external audiences.

Demonstrate precision, organization, and discretion in performing all necessary position responsibilities and duties, while managing and working with a diverse group of staff, faculty, and administrators.

Collaborates across divisions as necessary to fulfill job responsibilities.

Work on other projects as assigned by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Customer service skills

Interpersonal skills

Organizational skills

Administrative and management knowledge and skills

Critical thinking ability

Written and verbal communication skills

Conflict management skills

Problem-solving skills




Minimum Qualifications

Earned doctorate and professional accomplishments appropriate for faculty appointment at the rank of full professor.

Minimum of five years of progressive leadership in academic administration.

Proven record of effective and positive administrative leadership and managerial experience including effective supervision and creatively solving problems and proposing changes/solutions.

Demonstrated evidence of supporting excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, professional development and community service.

Demonstrated commitment to shared governance and academic excellence.

Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with all members of the university community, students, parents, and other external constituencies.

Demonstrated experience with a) curricular development, and b) program review.

Demonstrated administrative skills (e.g., attention to detail, data and information collection and processing, reporting, employee management, multi-tasking, etc.)

Demonstrated strategic planning, project management, and organizational skills.

Demonstrated skills in communication, both written and oral.

Ability to analyze and interpret data and effectively communicate to a broader audience.

Demonstrated commitment to the development of innovative teaching and instructional technologies.

Demonstrated ability to interact with diverse groups and populations.

Collaborative management style that fosters trust, respect, and successful working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated leadership skills in building collaborative relationships with academic units, university support units, and stakeholders external to the university.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty to develop and implement programs.

Evidence of cooperative management style and understanding of distributed leadership.

Ability to envision new academic opportunities and alternative approaches.

Proven ability to solve problems, address conflicts in a constructive manner, and resolve complex personnel issues.

Familiarity with regional accreditation requirements.

Experience facilitating development of an academic master plan.

Understanding higher education trends and implications for ATU.

Work Location, Environment, and Physical Demands
This position is located in Academic Affairs, Administration Building, Room 200.  This position is assigned a desk, computer and phone.  The position requires sitting, typing, bending, walking, and some lifting up to 40 pounds.

What to Submit
Letter of application addressing the position qualifications, vita, and contact information for 3 references

To be considered for the position of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, all applications must be received and processed through our applicant tracking system Cornerstone prior to the closing date on 07/08//2021 before 6:00 pm central time.

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This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Arkansas Tech University is an AA/EOE employer committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.