Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community, inspired
by the Catholic intellectual tradition and Benedictine values. We
seek employees who will contribute to the advancement of our
mission by helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as
engaged citizens who care for the Earth, welcome people of diverse
faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Full-Time, Benefit Eligible
1.4.2 Provost and Chief Academic Officer
The Provost and Chief Academic Officer serves as the chief academic
officer of the University. The Provost and Chief Academic Officer
has specific responsibility for academic planning and
administration, for the development of academic programs, academic
support for the development of faculty, and for the establishment
of policies which, when approved, guide the academic future of the
22.214.171.124 Appointment and Term
The Provost and Chief Academic Officer is appointed by the
President following consultation with the faculty and utilizing a
search committee (see Section 1.6.3) and with the approval of the
Board of Trustees. The appointment is on an annual renewable
Essential Job Responsibilities:
a. To participate in Board of Trustees activities including but not
limited to the full Board meetings, Executive Committee meetings,
Academic Affairs Committee meetings and to serve as a member of the
b. To exercise general executive responsibility, under the
President, for the educational affairs of the University.
c. To oversee the ongoing development and implementation of the
University’s strategic plan which fosters the values inherent in an
academic community in the Benedictine tradition.
d. To be responsible for long- and short-range planning related to
the educational affairs of the University.
e. To be responsible for hiring, supervision, evaluation, and
retention of administrators who report directly to the Provost and
Chief Academic Officer.
f. To provide leadership and ultimate decision-making for the
recruitment, retention, and development of qualified faculty
dedicated to the fulfillment of the goals of the University.
g. To be responsible for hiring, supervision, evaluation, and
retention of support staff for the Office of the Provost and Chief
h. To be responsible for the organization, supervision,
coordination, and evaluation of the administrative colleges and
schools established to achieve the academic purpose of the
i. To exercise executive responsibility for the fiscal support of
the academic affairs areas as provided by the budget approved by
the President and the Board of Trustees.
j. To oversee the administration of academic budgets including
those for salaries, operating budget, equipment and
k. To issue faculty letters of appointment annually.
l. To recommend or approve appointment of faculty and academic
personnel to University committees.
m. To serve as chair of the Provost’s Council and to receive the
reports of the following committees, councils, and boards: Rank and
Tenure, Faculty Welfare, Faculty Appeals, Faculty Assembly, Faculty
Development, Graduate Curriculum and Standards, Undergraduate
Curriculum and Standards, Academic Standing, Honors, Institutional
Review, Student Publications, Academic Honesty and the Academic
Council, as well as other taskforces as appropriate.
n. To oversee space utilization associated with academic, student
and administrative activities, including inventories of equipment
in laboratories and offices, and assignment of space to the
o. To oversee the administration of programs for general University
assemblies, convocations, baccalaureate, and commencement
exercises, and the programs to be presented at these events.
p. To be responsible for faculty personnel recommendations,
including recommendations for initial appointment, promotion,
retention, and compensation and development.
q. To oversee curricular and course planning, standards of
instruction and assessment of student instruction in cooperation
with deans and department chairs.
r. To oversee with the deans the assignment of teaching loads,
academic advising responsibilities, and special assignments of
faculty and academic personnel.
s. To be responsible for the academic orientation and mentoring of
t. To promote the professional development of faculty members and
other academic personnel.
u. To implement effective evaluation procedures for the
v. To oversee with the Deans the administration and approval of
part-time faculty appointments, including assignments and rates of
w. To work in conjunction with the Deans to ensure that current
files on all faculty and academic personnel containing data on
training, experience, publications, teaching loads, committee
assignments, advising responsibilities, and the like are
x. To work in conjunction with the University Librarian to develop
a collection of learning resources appropriate to student needs in
cooperation with deans and department chairs.
Minimum Job Requirements:
Doctorate degree required
The successful candidate must have at least
seven years of progressive higher education leadership, with
experience serving at the level of Academic Dean or higher
preferred, and be positioned to effectively meet the broad range of
opportunities and challenges required by the position.
Specific Knowledge, Licenses, Certifications:
While performing the duties of this
job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The
employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to touch,
handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office
products and supplies, up to 20 pounds. Use of computer screen,
phone and customer service. May require bending, or sitting for
long periods of time. Specific vision abilities required by this
job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral
vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
The following of campus specific guidelines for pandemic protocols
Travel (If applicable):
Supervisory Responsibility (if applicable):
General office environment. Some travel
and outdoor activities may be required.
As a University employee you are required to
complete all University-specific and/or OSHA related training to
fulfill your job duties. Specific training will be conducted online
or in person. Employees must complete all trainings required by
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Nominations and Applications:
Letters of nomination can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations should include the full name and title of the
individual being nominated along with a current email address. The
Search Committee will begin to review applications immediately and
continue until an appointment is made.
For best consideration, applications should be received by January
31, 2024 and must include a letter of interest that responds to the
Search Profile, a curriculum vitae, completion of application and
five professional references with email addresses and telephone
numbers – please also include your professional relationship with
each reference listed. References will not be contacted without
prior authorization from the applicant.
Benedictine University does not discriminate in its admissions or
educational policies, programs or activities; scholarship and loan
programs; athletic and other University administered programs or
employment practices on the basis of race, creed, color, national
origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, military or
veteran status, marital status, citizenship, or any other
characteristic protected by applicable law. The laws applicable to
Benedictine University include constitutional and statutory
protections of the University's rights as a religiously sponsored
institution. This policy of equal employment opportunity applies to
all employment and personnel practices including, but not limited
to, recruiting, hiring, promotion, training and compensation.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required
to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and
to complete the required employment eligibility verification
document form upon hire. The following of campus specific
guidelines for pandemic protocols are required.
Benedictine University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.