Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
As a premier provider of flexible, high-quality collegiate learning and assessment opportunities for adult students, Thomas Edison State University seeks an innovative, entrepreneurial academic leader with extensive experience driving student success through high-quality programs and degrees.
Reporting to the President, the provost serves as the chief academic officer of the university. The Provost provides academic vision and leadership to fulfill the University's mission. The Provost oversees all academic programs and academic support functions and is responsible for the planning and administration of all aspects of the University's instructional programs. The Provost serves as an institutional advocate, visionary, creative strategist, and exceptional communicator with both internal and external stakeholders. The Provost also serves as the University's chief executive officer in the absence of the President.
TESU administers most of its programs online in a distance education format and offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through its five Schools. Students learn with mentors who are subject matter and industry experts and who engage students through a scholar-practitioner model.
As TESU implements its 2025 Strategic Plan, the Provost will focus on enhancing TESU's instructional model with foci on fostering student engagement, implementing Competency Based Education and achieving enrollment growth through building distinctive academic programs and strengthening student success through highly impactful retention efforts.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with an earned Doctorate degree. Ten years of experience in the field of higher education is required, with at least five years in a senior academic management position or its equivalent. Must possess superior analytical skills and a record of academic, operational and administrative success.
Candidates must possess competence in fiscal skills, experience in enrollment management and the proven ability to work collaboratively and creatively across the university. Proven skills are required in leading teams, setting goals, monitoring performance and holding a team accountable for outcomes.
Experience with regional accreditation processes, building curriculum and growing academic and student support programs is required, preferably in the context of online academic programs. Successful experience in generating philanthropic support and grant funding as well as experience with specialized accreditation is preferred. A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion is expected.
Interested candidates should formally apply to Provostsearch@tesu.edu with subject line "Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Search". Application materials should include a letter describing the applicant's interest in the position, current curriculum vitae or resume, and names and contact information of five references, including one recent supervisor. References will not be contacted without the applicant's knowledge. Please address documents to Michael Mancini, Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Mancini can also be reached through Provostsearch@tesu.edu to schedule a confidential conversation or to submit nominations for the position.
For best consideration, please submit applications by May 27, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.