Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia, seeks nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Provost provides leadership and vision for the Academic Affairs Division of the University in the areas of teaching, research, and service, with direct responsibility for the effective and successful operation of all units in Academic Affairs, including the six academic colleges (the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science and Technology, the School of Business, the School of Education, Health and Human Performance, the School of Fine Arts and the School of Nursing), the Graduate Studies Program, the Honors Program, the University Libraries and the Academic Advising Program.
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the University, reporting to the President and representing the President during her/his absence from the University main campus. All aspects of the institution’s academic priorities are overseen by the Provost. The Provost is a central figure in the leadership of the University, its primary champion of academic excellence, and the chief steward of academic rigor, responsible for all of the institution’s academic programs and their associated faculty, students, staff, and resources. Highly visible on campus and in the campus community, the Provost also serves as the chief academic budget officer, with oversight of educational, scholarly, research, service and academic fundraising priorities that touch every corner of the University.
FSU recognizes that the demands on higher education, technology, and the world’s needs are evolving. The Provost is also expected to be entrepreneurial and visionary in establishing new external partnerships that will guide the development of new and integrated academic programs to meet these changing needs.
Online education and use of technology within the learning experience has become the new normal. The Provost will lead the continuous improvement, development and integration of various delivery methodologies that offer students flexibility in scheduling classes including face-to-face, online and hybrid.
Reporting to the President, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will continue to build Fairmont State University as an engaged public university that prepares students to graduate fully prepared to begin successful careers, enter graduate programs or transition into leadership roles. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will have an earned doctorate and will possess exemplary administrative, interpersonal and communication skills and a dedication to positively changing the lives of students through a proven track record of commitment to excellence. S/he will support and grow the University’s engagement with the Fairmont community, the surrounding counties and states, and will provide significant leadership in the identification and design of new degree programs (online or onsite), and expansion of research, internships and partnerships.
Fairmont State University, with a 120-acre main campus in Fairmont, West Virginia, is part of the state’s growing high technology corridor. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and with a long history of academic excellence, FSU as a public institution is a place where teaching and learning matter and students are our first priority. Founded in 1865 as the state’s first private normal school in West Virginia, FSU celebrated its Sesquicentennial in 2015.
Over the past decade, the main campus has been expanded with new construction, including an Engineering Technology Building, student center, several residence halls, parking garage, improved library facility and significant ADA accessibility improvements.
We continue to develop and prepare the future educators of our state and our nation and have added many programs and majors that reflect the evolving and fluid entrepreneurial and workforce needs of our region and country. Among our growing programs are our National Security and Intelligence and criminal justice programs; professional nursing program; master’s degree in architecture; our MBA program; and our aviation administration and management program. A new initiative in the fall of 2018 will be a surveying major. Our strong and vibrant Honors Program attracts the best student minds from our state and region.
The Mission of Fairmont State University is to provide opportunities for individuals to achieve their professional and personal goals and discover roles for responsible citizenship that promote the common good. We aspire to be nationally recognized as a model for accessible learner-centered institutions that promote student success by providing comprehensive education and excellent teaching, flexible learning environments, and superior services. Graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary for intellectual growth, full and participatory citizenship, employability, and entrepreneurship in a changing environment.
As an integral and key part of this mission and vision and honoring our commitment to shared governance, the Provost will, with the faculty’s input and assistance, implement the academic priorities of the University’s Strategic Plan, an ambitious, dynamic blueprint designed to continue our traditional successes while reshaping the University to firmly establish our institution as a destination school for the citizens and future employees of not only West Virginia, but also of our nation and of the world.
The next Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs for Fairmont State University will possess a collaborative spirit and strong management skills that support a commitment to shared governance and innovation.
The next Provost will lead within a complex organization. The Provost must exhibit leadership skills and a passion for the mission of the institution.
The Provost must have the highest commitment to academic and scholarly standards. S/he must exhibit the vigor and imagination necessary to promote those standards effectively, and must be able to recognize and promote academic excellence in all its forms and at all levels of the University. The Provost must identify, improve, and increase opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, research, scholarship, creative activities and teaching among faculty at all levels. The strongest candidates will have the relevant and deep budgetary and administrative experience necessary for and inherent to the responsibilities of the role.
Education: Requires an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree.
We invite and encourage interested qualified applicants to apply via our online applicant portal. There you will be directed to create an application and guided through the other requests for information and documents, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, professional references and a Statement of Philosophy. The position will be posted from November 21, 2017, through January 21, 2018. We can accept only online submissions of applications.
Initial interviews will begin in early February 2018, with selection and offer by the end of March 2018.
We anticipate that the new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will begin her/his duties on July 1, 2018.
Those wishing to nominate a candidate for the position may send a letter of nomination directly to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Donald Trisel, Dean of Science and Technology via his email address, firstname.lastname@example.org or to him at Science and Technology, Fairmont State University, 1201 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554.
All applications and nominations will be handled with the strictest confidentiality.
For more information, please contact Cindy Curry, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, at email@example.com or by phone at 304.367.4386.