Idaho State University seeks a Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs
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The Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs serves as the chief academic officer
of the University and oversees university curriculum, faculty
appointments, and other academically related areas at a public
doctoral research university.
The Provost will oversee and align academic affairs with
available resources while ensuring access and opportunity to
advance the academic mission of the institution. In helping to lead
an innovative community of scholars and students, this individual
will provide leadership to support an interdisciplinary,
student-centered culture across the campus. In supporting this
campus culture, the Provost will be fully invested in the
University’s student retention, progression, and completion
initiatives as part of the University’s Administrative Council. The
Provost will possess a clear academic vision and serve as an
articulate and persuasive spokesperson to assist the President in
effectively conveying the importance of the institution as a
partner to the community and region.
The Provost oversees the colleges of Science and Engineering,
Arts and Letters, Education, Business and Technology; the Division
of Health Sciences, including its two colleges; the University
library system; and academic programs on all of the campuses,
including Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, and Meridian.
Academic budgets at the University total $130 million, and more
than 600 faculty report to the Provost through their deans and
chairs. In addition, the role oversees Educational Technology
Services, the Early College Program, Institutional Research,
Academic Success and Advancement, and Institutional
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs has general
charge and responsibility for the supervision and management of all
academic colleges, schools, departments, and programs at a public
doctoral research university, to include:
- Leading from a philosophy of trust, compassion, stability, and
hope, the Provost will serve as a top level leader for the
University as a whole.
- Determining, in collaboration with area Deans, all members of
the faculty for appointment, promotion, tenure, retention,
non-retention, or dismissal for cause.
- Planning, development, and evaluation of academic
- Serving in a co-leadership role with executive leadership to
develop, implement, and evaluate programs for student success
- Serving as the chair of the Council of Deans.
- Coordinating internal administrative review and external
regulatory or accreditation consideration of academic policies,
plans, and programs.
- Maintaining academic standards of Idaho State University and of
appropriate accrediting bodies.
- Participates as part of the President’s Administrative Council
responsible for executive leadership of the University while also
collaborating closely with the Faculty Senate in support of shared
- Advises the President on all matters related to academic
affairs and related university administration.
- Supervises all matters relating to curriculum and instruction,
including instruction at branch campuses, evening and summer
programs and scheduling.
- Demonstrates a commitment to inclusive and collaborative
leadership with a passion for serving students and faculty.
- Establishes priorities and plans for academic program
development as well as faculty recruitment, and professional
- Partners actively with enrollment management leadership to
support institutional enrollment management efforts and evaluate
potential enrollment impacts of new or modified academic program
- Coordinates periodic academic program review, accreditation,
and works with Deans and Chairs in the review, study, and
development of curriculum and in the improvement of
- Develops and ensures adherence to the academic affairs budget
and participates in development of the budget for the University as
- Serves as principal liaison to Idaho’s State Board of Education
on matters pertaining to Academic programs and initiatives.
- Recommending additions and alterations to the physical campus
that are needed for academic purposes.
- A commitment to working in an environment of trust, compassion,
stability, and hope.
- Ability to lead and drive broad change management efforts with
an ability to realize and achieve vision.
- Expertise in developing/implementing processes and plans for
enhancing institutional effectiveness, academic excellence, and
- Evidence of data-informed decision making.
- Demonstrated excellence in teaching and learning with an
understanding of digital education and emerging technologies.
- Understanding of, and ability to thrive in, the governance and
administrative processes used in publicly-supported higher
- Ability to communicate effectively and establish and maintain
effective professional relationships with internal and external
stakeholders including community colleges, the community at large,
and the state.
- Demonstrated commitment to working in and fostering an
- An earned doctorate from an accredited institution of higher
education with ten years of successful full-time post-secondary
teaching and administrative experience at the department head level
or above in an institution of higher education.
- Experience in a multi-campus environment would be
What Makes This an Exciting Opportunity?
President Kevin Satterlee has
established himself as an effective leader of the University and
gained the respect and support of the faculty, the State Board of
Education, and the community at large.
Idaho State’s Deans Council is
highly collegial and energized to support the institution and the
Provost’s Office. There are several relatively new deans for whom
the provost will provide mentorship and development.
Major initiatives are underway.
program health/resource prioritization is well underway. Special
initiatives in academic affairs include the adoption of
meta-majors, implementation of the Complete College America
Momentum Pathways project, online learning expansion, and
Opportunities for statewide leadership.
provosts in the statewide system participate in the Council of
Academic Affairs and Programs (CAAP) and statewide educational
initiatives on behalf of the SBOE.
Opportunity to build meaningful programming.
has many unique opportunities to build programming and research in
areas like health sciences, medicine, science and engineering, and
energy production, and more, both on the main campus in Pocatello
and at its branch campuses.
ISU’s campus in Idaho
Falls shares space with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), one of
17 national research labs in the country. The Department of Energy
recently announced a large investment in the INL to advance a
future energy production initiative. The only medical school in
Idaho – the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine – is located on
ISU’s campus in Meridian.
Be part of positive change.
It is exciting to be a
part of the ISU community at this time when Idaho is exploding with
growth. The positive morale and excitement on the campuses are
palpable. This provost will have the opportunity to help reshape
the institution and its academic programs.
About the Institution:
University was founded in 1901 and has grown to be one of the most
comprehensive institutions in the country. Idaho State University
is a Carnegie Research University that is one of only six
institutions in the US offering programs from technical
certificates through graduate and professional degrees. As the
state’s designated lead institution in health professions, Idaho
State is home to more than 75 percent of Idaho’s health degree
programs. ISU’s campus in Idaho Falls shares space with the Idaho
National Lab (INL), one of only 17 national research labs in the
country. The University works collaboratively with the INL to build
partnerships and programming.
At the main campus in Pocatello, and locations in Meridian,
Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls, Idaho State offers access to a
high-quality education to more than 12,000 students. The University
has nearly 250 programs spread across ten colleges and
Kevin D. Satterlee became Idaho State’s 13th president in June
2018. He has served Idaho’s higher education system for more than
20 years. President Satterlee has a passion for helping students
transform their lives through educational experiences and
It’s an exciting time to be a part of Idaho State University.
Upon assuming the presidency, President Satterlee committed to
faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the University to
always listen, be transparent, and lead inclusively. One of his top
priorities as president has been to continue building on and
celebrating the University’s strengths, traditions, and community
culture. In the coming decade, President Satterlee aims to lead
Idaho State to greater heights by maximizing the strengths of the
institution, building strong and lasting relationships between the
University and its constituents, and helping to remove barriers to
student success. The future of Idaho State University is bright
with the talent, passion, and dedication of the Bengal
Idaho State University combines exceptional academics amidst the
grand natural beauty of the West. University faculty and students
are leading the way in cutting-edge research and innovative
solutions in the areas of energy, health professions, nuclear
research, teaching, humanities, engineering, performing and visual
arts, technology, biological sciences, pharmacy, and
Idaho State, a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and
teaching institution founded in 1901, has a low student-to-teacher
ratio of 14:1. As a state leader in the health sciences, Idaho
State offers health services to the community, as well as multiple
degrees in more than 50 health-related areas, including nursing,
pharmacy, physical therapy, speech pathology, and physician
assistant studies. In addition to significant offerings in health
sciences, the University offers a wide array of graduate programs
through colleges in business, education, technology, arts,
humanities, sciences, and engineering. Education at Idaho State is
filled with real-world experience; the $2.3 million Career Path
Internship Program helps hundreds of students achieve their career
goals through paid on-and off-campus internships. In their spare
time, students can choose from nearly 100 student organizations or
a host of outdoor activities in the University’s backyard. The
Stephens Performing Arts Center on the University’s campus is
nationally ranked as one of the most impressive performance venues
on a college campus. It is home to the Idaho State Civic Symphony
and hosts numerous plays, concerts, recitals, and art
As an NCAA Division 1 school, the Idaho State Bengals compete in
the Big Sky Conference in basketball, cross-country, tennis, track
and field, volleyball, softball, football, golf, and soccer. More
information about Idaho State is available at isu.edu/about.
University Strategic Goals
degree-seeking students by 20% over the next five years.
- Emphasize relationships with high school faculty and advisors
within ISU’s service regions
- Provide opportunities for faculty/potential student interaction
to encourage enrollment
- Communicate with managers and employees at local/ regional
public and private organizations to identify educational programs
that would increase the potential for advancement and support
Improve undergraduate student retention rates
- Increase faculty and advisors awareness of their students’
academic progress by alerting them when a student is struggling so
they can work with the students to create strategies for student
- Increase and market student support services that measurably
- Develop programs that encourage students to identify potential
Promote ISU’s unique identity as Idaho’s only
institution delivering technical certificates through
undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.
- Educate internal and external communities of the scope and
benefits of ISU’s offerings and research
- Promote ISU as providing an affordable, high-quality education
that results in a high return on investment
- Demonstrate to communities the cost-benefits that emphasize
what ISU brings to each community through education and
Transparency and Inclusion
ISU will continue building
relationships within the University, which is fundamental to the
accomplishment of all other objectives.
- Continue creating consistent opportunities to share ideas and
reach mutual understanding
- Where identified, eliminate duplication of effort in business
processes, programs, and services
- Develop administrative structures and process based on tenets
of shared governance
ISU will establish new partnerships within
its service regions and statewide program responsibilities to
support the resolution of community-oriented, real-world
- Align programs and curriculum with regional employer needs
- Partnerships will encompass a broad variety of relationships
including academic to academic, ISU to business, and ISU to
- Identify and design educational programs that provide a service
to the communities that ISU doesn’t currently partner with
- Work with communities that have limited services and develop
opportunities to create new partnerships
Confidential review of
applications will begin immediately and continue until the position
is filled; parties who apply by September 26, 2021
will be given first consideration. Please submit a PDF version of
your complete curriculum vita/resume and a cover letter
highlighting your interest in and qualifications for the position.
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Phone: (530) 677-9945
Idaho State University is committed to continually supporting,
promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus
environment and strongly encourages applications from female and