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Vice Provost for Faculties & Academic Affairs
Date Posted 03/11/2020
Hiring Status Accepting Applications
Location Winona or Twin Cities Campus
Position Responsibilities
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota invites applications for vice provost for Faculties and Academic Affairs (VPFAA). Reporting to the provost, the VPFAA supports the faculty, deans, and others to advance the academic mission of the University. This position provides university leadership in the areas of academic policies and planning; academic programs, curriculum, program life-cycle management and instruction. In addition, the role oversees assessment of student learning and teaching; academic support services; establishing enrollment minimum and maximums; and faculty professional development, career advancement, assessment, and support which includes hiring, promotion, annual and tenure reviews, leadership development, and diversity initiatives for all faculty. A complete profile providing a full description of this opportunity can be accessed here.
Specifically, the VPFAA
  • Supports all faculty (tenured, tenure-track, professional/core faculty, course contracted faculty and, and academic administrators) through new faculty orientation, professional development, strategies for faculty retention, annual reviews, and reviews for promotion.
  • Works with HR and other entities at the University to improve faculty recruitment and retention from underrepresented communities through training in recruiting/retention best practices, unconscious bias, mission/diversity fit, and assessing for support for the Institution's Lasallian Catholic mission.  
  • Serves as a liaison with the Faculty Council and all faculty governance structures, department chairs, associate deans and deans, as well as others across campus in matters affecting the university’s faculty.
  • Works with faculty to define, support, implement and evaluate expectations for teaching, service, inquiry/scholarship, grant writing, and student research.
  • Coordinates and provides oversight for the development and assessment of academic programs and curricula by applying the Life-Cycle Model through the Academic Program Review and the Annual Program Planning Process. 
  • Provides leadership and oversight for the Library, Writing Center, Instructional Technology, CELT, and Curriculum and Assessment. 
  • Serves as the IRB Administrator for the University’s IRB.  
  • Promotes and supports the infusion of character education and virtue formation into programs, curriculum, and teaching at the University along with supporting character education and virtue formation into all aspects of faculty work. 
Essential Skills and Abilities
  • An appreciation of shared governance, able work effectively and collaboratively with university administration, faculty, students, staff, and other constituent groups and partners.
  • Strong, persuasive communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and multicultural literacy.
  • Working knowledge of emerging technologies and the effective application of instructional technologies to enhance student learning.
  • Understanding of contemporary issues in higher education and its impact on undergraduate, graduate, non-traditional and online learners.
  • Coaching and development skills sufficient for the ongoing professional development of faculty and academic administrators.
  The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.
Education and Experience
  • An earned Ph.D. or other earned doctoral degree is required.
  • Academic background consistent with the rank of professor, as demonstrated by a record of teaching, scholarly publications, and/or creative accomplishments that exhibit a commitment to academic excellence.
  • Significant responsibility for the budget, personnel recruitment, and evaluation.
  • Strategic planning, assessment of program effectiveness, and development of policy to enhance academic units within the university and with national accrediting bodies.
  • Competent financial literacy with fiscal skills and business acumen necessary to allocate resources effectively and efficiently among competing and compelling needs of the institution and its mission.
  • Demonstrated success in academic administration and leadership in environments similar in size, scope, and complexity to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
  • Ability to communicate, collaborate, and work effectively as a member of the senior management team.
  • Passionate support of and contribute to the Lasallian Catholic dimensions of the University and its institutional mission.
  • Familiarity with online learning and partnerships from a programmatic, pedagogic and academic perspective.
All offers of employment are contingent upon verification of educational credentials and the successful completion of a criminal background check.
Additional Required Materials Cover letter/statement of interest, resume/CV, transcripts for all degrees, 5 professional references
Application Review Date
Starting Date
Contact Brian Schmisek, Ph.D.
Contact Email
Position Full-time
Contract Length 12 Month
Other Details / Information
Benefits Full
Work Sponsorship This position is not eligible for work sponsorship
  We encourage members of the protected classes as defined by the federal, state, and municipal law and those persons attracted to a university with a Lasallian Catholic identity to apply.