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Provost and Vice President for the Division of Academic Affairs

Western Illinois University
Illinois, United States
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Nov 4, 2021

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Provost and Vice President for the Division of Academic Affairs

Category: Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions       
Department: Provost and Academic Vice President
Locations: Macomb, IL
Posted: Oct 25, 2021
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: FT - Continuous

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves over 7,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL.

Job Description:

Western Illinois University seeks an experienced higher education professional to provide leadership, vision, and direction as the Provost and Vice President for the Division of Academic Affairs. The position, which reports to the President, serves as the Chief Academic Officer and a member of the President's Senior Leadership Team. The Provost works closely with the University's senior administrators, and collaborates with University faculty, staff, students, city and state leaders, and community members to uphold and enhance Western Illinois University's academic mission and core values.

The Provost leads the institution's commitment to academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth, and social responsibility, and makes recommendations to the President relating to resource allocations to further advance Academic Affairs. The Provost leads the creation and implementation of institutional policy to guide the academic enterprise, including policies related to program development and assessment, and teaching and learning assessment. Working in partnership with campus deans, department chairs, faculty, and all internal stakeholders, the Provost implements academic policies consistently within the context of shared governance and equity.

The Provost provides optimal operational and strategic performance in academics, curriculum, program development, and other areas as assigned by the President to achieve the University's mission and vision. In collaboration with senior leaders, the Provost works to strengthen faculty morale and productivity, along with student success, including student recruitment, retention, graduation, and placement rates. The Provost's Office provides critical University-wide leadership in the advancement of curricular and instructional innovations to enhance student learning and reduce performance gaps at the course, program, college, and campus levels.

The Provost will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the key issues affecting units within this expansive portfolio; shape and implement appropriate strategies, structures, and staffing; and lead the University's academic program management, curriculum development, and faculty promotion and enhancement. The selected candidate will be an effective manager, and will develop leaders, address and manage personnel matters, and contribute to a growing, vibrant, and thriving organizational and institutional culture. The successful candidate will lead and supervise the University's critical academic functions.

APPOINTMENT: July 1, 2022

COMPENSATION: A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be provided to the successful candidate.

Western Illinois University offers a comprehensive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


Required Qualifications:
  • Earned Ph.D., Ed.D., or terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Ability to formulate, communicate, and implement a clear academic vision.
  • Demonstrated record of success in academic administration.
  • Demonstrated record of teaching, research, ongoing scholarly activities, and service consistent with a tenured faculty appointment at the level of full professor in an academic unit.
  • At least five (5) years of senior-level administrative experience in academic affairs (Dean-level or higher, including Provost/Vice President), with broad experience in strategic program planning and implementation, outcomes assessment, and integration of information technology for academic programs.
  • Successful academic budget management experience.
  • Demonstrated success supporting faculty, support staff, and administrators in generating external resources.
  • Possession of outstanding listening and communication skills with the ability to bring individuals and groups with diverse perspectives to consensus and common action.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting a culture of shared governance.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a climate of equity and inclusion on campus in support of ongoing diversification of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Commitment to enhancing non-traditional program delivery.
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in higher education, including emerging technologies.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and foster a collegial environment, open communication, and shared governance with multiple constituencies and their representative bargaining units.
  • Proven ability to advance the institution by creating a vision, motivating organizational support, and implementing a data-driven plan to advance the institution.
  • Successful record of attracting, mentoring, and retaining a team of academic leaders within the organizational unit.
  • Ability to articulate a vision of the relationship of academic affairs to student success, including recruitment, retention, scholarly awards, graduation, and career placement.
  • Demonstrated experience advocating for Academic Affairs while cultivating a shared vision and collaborative culture to achieve institutional goals.

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).

Additional Information:

Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

WIU's outstanding faculty are true teacher-scholars, practitioners, and scientists. Their noteworthy achievements include Fulbright awards, Pulitzer nominations, Carnegie Hall performances, and major research grants, among others.

More than 62 undergraduate degree programs, nearly 40 graduate programs and two doctoral programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation. Outside the classroom at Western, concerts, lectures, presentations, films, dance performances and more are performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, as well as a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 6,539): A traditional, residential four-year campus offering a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 16,000). Amtrak provides twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and points in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 916): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must provide a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae or resume, and contact information for at least five professional references. Applicants must also submit two (2) two-page statements: one statement outlining their administrative approach, leadership style, and intermediate and long-term goals for WIU and a separate statement outlining their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Unofficial transcripts are required at the time of application. Candidates chosen for on-campus visits will be required to submit official transcripts.

Upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by visiting

Screening begins December 3, 2021.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students. As such, candidates are required to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are especially interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that prohibits discrimination based on sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state and federal law. Western Illinois University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to Ilon Lauer at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Human Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at

To apply, visit

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