Summary of Duties: Washington State University (WSU), a distinguished and comprehensive public research institution with multiple campuses, seeks an inspirational, enterprising, and strategic academic leader to serve as its next Provost and Executive Vice President (Provost). Reporting to the President, the Provost serves as the University's chief academic officer. Working in close collaboration with WSU's senior leadership team, the Provost will lead the academic enterprise and harness the University's momentum to propel it toward its goal of becoming one of the top 25 public research universities in the nation. The Provost will demonstrate evidence of success elevating a large, complex research institution; a passion for growth and innovation; and dedication to delivering a transformational education to all students.
This is an exciting time to join WSU under the strategic and forward-looking leadership of President Kirk Schulz, who became the University's 11th president in June 2016. Shortly after his arrival, President Schulz announced the Drive to 25, which calls for WSU to become one of the nation's top 25 public research universities, preeminent in research and discovery, teaching, and engagement, by 2030. President Schulz is also leading the development of WSU's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, founded in 2015 to expand access to health care in underserved areas of the state and to provide additional opportunities for Washingtonians to gain a medical degree in-state. The college is located on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus, which educates the state's future physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals in world-class facilities.
The incoming Provost will play a key role in helping the University achieve its strategic goals, including delivering on the Drive to 25, through deliberative collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and administrators, and by bringing decisive vision for continued growth. Already, WSU has recruited and retained an excellent faculty, made strategic investments in academic and research priorities, built interdisciplinary collaborations across academic units and campuses, and expanded academic offerings statewide. To further advance these goals, the next Provost will work with University leaders to shape the future of WSU by addressing the following key opportunities and challenges:
Lead efforts to develop a comprehensive model for an exceptional and seamless student educational experience across all campuses
Ensure and strengthen academic excellence and innovation
Strengthen collaborative relationships across the system
Develop a comprehensive system-wide enrollment management strategy
In collaboration with WSU communities, build programs with measurable goals to improve diversity and inclusiveness on all campuses
Establish strong operational and management processes to support WSU's growth and success
Serve as a WSU ambassador and academic champion, enhancing the visibility of the University system locally, nationally, and beyond
Required Qualifications: The successful candidate for the Provost will be an experienced academic leader with a high level of energy, enthusiasm, and drive to achieve ambitious University-wide goals. While no one candidate may possess all of them, the successful candidate will offer many of the following qualifications and attributes:
Background and Leadership Experience
A Ph.D. or other terminal degree and a strong record of academic teaching and active research and scholarship requisite for an appointment as a tenured full professor at WSU;
A successful track record in academic administration with progressively responsible experience and quantifiable advancement of the organization the candidate has led;
A passionate commitment to academic excellence, with demonstrated advocacy for faculty and implementation of innovative strategies that enhance research, grant, and contract activity;
A collegial, collaborative, and accessible approach to leadership, with a track record of building meaningful partnerships and relations internally, externally, and across the University system;
An enthusiasm for students and an understanding of their needs and what it takes to inspire academic success;
Strategic and data-driven thinking with experience in assessment and outcomes measurements as well as accreditation processes;
A commitment to transparency in policy, strategy, and financial management, with an appreciation of and support for shared governance;
An awareness and respect for the core values of a land-grant institution, and the ability to operate successfully across a multi-campus environment;
Meaningful commitment to and demonstrated accomplishment in issues around inclusivity, equity, and diversity, incorporating them into the daily operations of the organization and embedding them as learning outcomes in academic instruction and research;
Ability to develop and promote positive public relationships with appropriate groups at local, state, national, and international levels, and to articulate the mission of the University to diverse public constituencies;
Superb communication skills, both in the written and spoken word, and the ability to collaborate and work constructively with other University leaders, developing partnerships with other divisions to further the mission of the institution;
Demonstrated commitment to the professional development and success of faculty and staff;
Clear understanding of leading-edge methods and instructional technologies to support faculty, staff, and students in a large public university;
Excellent financial management skills and demonstrated experience working with complex budgeting models; an astute understanding of university finances and the relationships between academic priorities, budgeting, and fundraising;
Honesty, integrity, resilience, humility, and a sense of humor.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.