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Associate Provost - Curriculum and Instruction

Harper College
Palatine, Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 12, 2024

We are Harper College…the college in your community.

The College was established by referendum in 1965 and opened September 1967. It is named for Dr. William Rainey Harper, a pioneer in the junior college movement in the United States and the first president of the University of Chicago.

Harper College is now one of the nation’s premier community colleges and one of the largest, serving approximately 29,000 students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College’s academic programs prepare students for rewarding careers and for transfer to four-year universities. Harper offers associate degree and certification programs, advanced career programs, workforce training, professional development, continuing education classes, accelerated degree options for adults and developmental education programs.


Minimum Acceptable Qualifications

Education : Master’s degree from an accredited institution required with a preferred emphasis in higher education or curriculum and instruction or the equivalent. Doctorate from an accredited institution preferred.

Experience: A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible leadership experience in academic affairs at the dean level or higher with a proven track record of success is required. The successful candidate will possess evidence of management and supervisory experience and the ability to analyze multi-layered problems and propose solutions in a union environment. Ideal candidates will have experience with student information systems/databases, preferably with Ellucian Banner Software, catalog and course software, course evaluation software, and learning management software. This position requires excellent interpersonal, organizational communication, leadership, and project management skills. Some evening and weekend work is required.


Responsible for assuring quality delivery of academic programs and services through the supervision of the Dean of Teaching and Learning, Dean of Resources for Learning, Manager of Dual Credit, Curriculum Specialist, Curriculum and Instruction Assistant, and the Scheduling Specialist, Responsible for overseeing all curricular and instructional functions, including curriculum development and program review to ensure Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Board of Higher Education, and Higher Learning Commission compliance standards are met and that new and existing programs are creating pathways to economic mobility and lead to gainful employment; implementation of new pedagogies and professional development that support faculty innovation and create students’ sense of belonging and inclusive learning environments; ; expansion and enhancement of dual credit course and programming; leadership over student success initiatives, academic support services, and student-centered strategic scheduling. Works collaboratively with the Provost Leadership Team and other college leaders to support the College’s strategic and operational plans.


Curriculum and Instruction reviews textbooks and other classroom or education learning materials. Analyzing student test data and school curriculum standards. Updating, developing, and implementing new curricula. Training teachers or instructional staff on new programs and content


Characteristic Duties:

Provides leadership, direction, and strategic vision related to the curricular and instructional goals and Core Values of the College. Serves on appropriate shared governance committees related to curricular development and academic instruction.

Supports and expands dual credit/enrollment courses and programming in collaboration with internal staff, administrators, and faculty and high school teams to ensure equitable access to dual credit/enrollment, alignment with the College’s Areas of Interest, and compliance with state and Higher Learning Commission criteria and standards. Serves on Northwest Educational Council for Student Success working groups.

Provides outreach and innovative leadership for campus academic programs and resources, such as the Library and Academic Support Center. Helps guide campus development and implementation of new academic programs and services, innovative pedagogy, and community partnerships.

Supervises, evaluates, and develops a student-centered team in cutting-edge practices promoting excellence in an access institution. Fosters growth, development, and advancement of direct reports and their team members. Assesses staffing needs and makes recommendations to the Provost.

Ensures course schedules, including modalities of teaching and learning, are student-centered and strategic to support student retention and completion.

Maintains a visible profile with campus constituencies; partners collaboratively to enhance communication on and off campus; anticipates and plans for emerging issues.

Collects and analyzes data to make data-driven decisions, works collaboratively with the Associate Provost for Enrollment Services to assess recruitment and marketing efforts and adapt innovative enrollment strategies; works collaboratively with the Associate Provost of Student Affairs to support and enhance student retention and the student learning experience.

Responsible for working with Information Technology to ensure systems continue to be appropriate for academic purposes and are responsive to instructional needs.

Oversees the implementation and optimization of catalog and curriculum software.

Embraces a commitment for extensive collaboration with faculty, staff, and other stakeholders to inform, understand and develop evolving student success strategies.

Possesses strong intercultural competence and works effectively and collaboratively in a diverse environment.

Serves on the President’s Learning Council, Operations Council, and other College meetings and shared governance committees.

Develops, manages projects, and/or prepares Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois Articulation Initiative, and Higher Learning Commission reports by deadlines, on behalf of the Provost and as required by the state and HLC.

Serves as College’s liaison (designee) to the Higher Learning Commission.

Oversees budget for all capital requests, budget exceptions, technology requests and fee compilation for the Provost’s Division. Develops and recommends a fiscally responsible operating budget for the areas of responsibility that align with strategic and equity goals and core functions. Responsible for the control of the adopted budget for the current fiscal year.

Actively pursues alternative funding through grants and foundation sources.

Supervises faculty coordinators in select experiential learning-based programs, including the Office of International Education and Distinctions (e.g., Social Justice Studies, Global Scholar, Sustainability).

Performs other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: Work is primarily indoors and sedentary in nature.

Equipment/Tools Used: Utilizes standard office equipment, including computers, in order to perform the duties of the job.

Supervision: Reports directly to the Provost.

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