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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affiars

University of Southern Maine
Portland, Maine
The annual compensation range for this position is $200,000 - $225,000 commensurate with experience.
Posted Date
Oct 7, 2022

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Executive, Provosts
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Full Time
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The University of Southern Maine invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

Reporting to the President, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as the chief academic officer of the university and its recognized academic programs in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; College of Management and Human Service; and College of Science, Technology, and Health. 

The next Provost will join the University of Southern Maine (USM) and the academic leadership team to provide leadership in advancing the university through excellence and innovation, building an inclusive campus culture, and building an intellectually engaged collegial community that is committed to fostering learner success.  We will hire a leader who understands the USM Service Promise: Student Focused Every Day and is fully committed to our core values: Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.   

With the recent appointment of our 14th president, Jacqueline Edmondson, USM is energized and poised to take on the challenges facing higher education. A highly committed and collaborative faculty and staff await the new Provost.  This is an outstanding opportunity for a strategic thinker who lives the values rooted in the mission of the University. The ideal candidate should be an excellent communicator, eager to engage with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and the larger community on a frequent and meaningful basis, and have a passionate commitment to, and demonstrated success with, diversity and inclusion efforts. USM seeks a leader who will partner with the President, the Deans, and the faculty & staff to develop and launch innovative programs of outstanding quality.

The University of Southern Maine is a deeply personal, welcoming campus community.  With a highly engaged student-centered learning environment, USM is a steward of higher education, helping drive the economic, cultural, and civic life in the communities where our campuses are located.  We are committed to providing expanded access to high-quality education that elevates economic opportunity and contributes significantly to the vitality of a diverse society. 

At USM, academic excellence is guided by our Priorities and Academic Pillars – Vision 2028:

  • A Focus on Relationships A Future-Forward Curriculum The Integration of Learning and Work A Mission of Service and Citizenship 

Students engage in substantive learning experiences that illuminate and transcend the perspectives of various disciplines while fostering the values and dispositions, knowledge, and skills our students will employ in their personal and professional lives.   USM offers Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctoral programs in residence and on-line, providing students with rich learning and community engagement opportunities in the arts, humanities, politics, health sciences, business, mass communication, science, engineering, and technology.  Further information on USM can be found here

USM faculty are dedicated researchers and experts in their fields, including multiple recipients of national grants, awards, and fellowships.  State, national, and global partnerships are steps from our campuses. USM provides promising students access to rigorous, inquiry-based teaching and learning fueled by research, innovation, and engagement with local, national, and global partners.

Our campus lands were the ancestral fishing, hunting, and agricultural grounds inhabited by the Abenaki and Wabanaki people for thousands of years. This includes our three campuses – Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston where over 60 languages are spoken in the region. 

  • USM’s Portland campus is currently expanding and is located in "one of America’s most livable cities," according to Forbes magazine, which also ranks Portland among the top 10 for job prospects.  A creative and diverse community on Maine’s scenic coast, Portland’s metro area is home to over half a million people and nationally known for its arts and culture, outdoor recreation, beautiful beaches, and amazing food.
  • USM’s beautiful residential Gorham campus supports and celebrates excellence in academics, athletics, music, and the arts and is home to ten Living Learning Communities and six Residential Halls.
  • Our Lewiston campus is located in the second largest and diverse urban area in southern Maine.  This Central Maine campus integrates classroom, community, and workplace and provides a small college commuter experience with the resources of a large university.

For a full job description to learn more about the essential duties and responsibilities of the Provost click here

This is a full-time position with frequent work beyond regular hours (to include evenings and weekends).  The annual compensation range for this position is $200,000 - $225,000 commensurate with experience.  The primary office is located on our Portland Campus with expectation of work/service on Gorham and Lewiston/Auburn Campuses. 

The University of Southern Maine is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. It embraces an inclusive campus community that values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact supports the University of Southern Maine’s DEIA and Community Impact focused departments, committees, groups, projects, training, and events.  USM encourages women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds to apply.

The University of Maine System provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: holidays, vacation and sick time; health, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; a tuition waiver program for employee and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement plan; and more.  Click on our Benefits Information Summary to learn more. 

Required Qualifications:

  • A collaborative and compassionate leader who is also an advocate with the ability to mobilize and implement positive change with a commitment to serving that for which they are responsible.  An earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree and a record of teaching and scholarship previously recognized with appointment as a tenured full professor or scholarly accomplishments to warrant appointment as tenured full professor at USM.  A strong commitment and demonstrated record of success in promoting and supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility to support building community and belonging. A demonstrated track record of creativity and innovation in developing and implementing strategies and solutions to meet the needs of a complex organization and those of that organization’s stakeholders. A strong academic administrative record that demonstrates effectiveness in collaboration, conflict resolution, listening skills, sound judgment, and excellent analytic skills and experience with program development, change management, accreditation (at the program or university level), and academic planning. A deep understanding of the current issues facing higher education and their ramifications and opportunities in Maine, nationally and internationally.  And how these define our work as a public regional comprehensive university. Excellent interpersonal skills for engaging with/leading students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners. A record of transparent decision-making that values shared governance. Commitment to regular consultation and integrity in the handling of all academic matters as well as the ability to effectively partner with a talented group of deans and other campus and system leaders.

Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing.  For more information, please visit Together for Maine.

To apply:

You will create an applicant profile, complete an application, and upload a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae.  Finalist candidates will be asked to provide a list of names and contact information for references. 

The Provost will support our institutional vision of equity and inclusivity.   The applicant cover letter should include how your work, research, and/or volunteerism aligns with the USM Mission Statement and our Academic Vision 2028.  Specifically, address your commitment to equity and excellence in your own work, how it has contributed to inquiry and belonging, and how it would inform your leadership role at the University of Southern Maine.  This could also include active engagement with employee resource groups/affinity groups and community involvement.

We will examine candidate packages on an ongoing basis as they are submitted.

All required materials must be submitted by November 11, 2022.

We are not able to consider applicants who require Visa sponsorship support.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Office of Equal Opportunity, Room 101, Boudreau Hall, Orono, ME 04469, (207) 581-1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System)












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