Provost and Vice President for the Division of Academic
Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions
Provost and Academic Vice President
Oct 25, 2021
Open Until Filled
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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.
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
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
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
- Earned Ph.D., Ed.D., or terminal degree from a regionally
- Ability to formulate, communicate, and implement a clear
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and foster a
collegial environment, open communication, and shared governance
with multiple constituencies and their representative bargaining
- 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
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.
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
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 HR-Recruitment@wiu.edu
To apply, visit https://wiu.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=138506&CNTRNO=20&TSTMP=0