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FLSA Designation
Date Issued: 2008-01-15
President's Office
Title: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Function and Responsibility
Responsible to the President, to plan, develop, direct and administer all phases and aspects of the University’s academic and related programs and oversees other aspects of the University as assigned. The Provost/VPAA operates the University in the absence of the President and over time, and as performance warrants, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer of the University.
Duties and Responsibilities
In consultation with the President is responsible for overseeing all aspects of academic affairs at the University in a manner consistent with overall University objectives and University policies.

In consultation with the President and partnership with the institution’s senior staff assures that university-wide goals for student recruitment and retention are met.

Consults with and advises the President on affairs relating to the academic operation of the university; serves as the major developer of academic budgets and is responsible for assuring that the academic expenditures are goal directed, effective and made within budgetary parameters.

Effectively works with faculty leadership including bargaining units to assure that the overarching goals of the University, including for academic rigor and excellence, are implemented in a smooth and coordinated way.

Serves as the University’s chief liaison to the Higher Learning Commission and assures University compliance with all aspects of the University’s accreditation. Assures that new programs are developed in a manner consistent with HLC and state of Michigan policies.

Is directly involved with the development and implementation of the University’s strategic planning process.

Oversees the University’s charter schools including responsibilities related to academic quality; helps to assure that charter schools are closely linked to the university including as a source of prospective students.

Advances multicultural and international initiatives within the University.

Maintains and expands specialty accreditations in all academic areas where they are available.

Responsible for selective and rapid expansion of programs at both the bachelor’s and master’s level.

Is responsible for developing and effectively interacting with a Faculty Senate (to be developed) assuring that shared governance and University values, mission and vision are appropriately addressed.

Works cooperatively, collegially and effectively with the University’s President, senior administration, Board, and managers throughout the University. Is an articulate spokesperson for all academic and related matters in the University.

Develops, expands and oversees the institution’s scholarship agenda, helping to enhance faculty and staff grants and contracts.

Represents the University at various functions including the CAO group of the President’s Council of public universities in Michigan.

Monitors student satisfaction with academic programs and student life and takes corrective actions as needed.

Assures that student learning outcomes are appropriately measured and evaluated in the context of a culture of evidence. Assures that academic syllabi and other evidence of student learning effectiveness reflect student learning outcomes and academic rigor.

Reviews, revises, develops and administers policies and procedures governing recruitment and selection of academic personnel; administer policies and contract provisions as applicable to academic personnel.

In consultation with the University’s President, assures that tenure and promotional rules are implemented in a manner consistent with the University’s goals and the bargaining unit contract.

Develops, coordinates, and implements long-range objectives for total University curricula growth in cooperation with the Provost’s Council.

Evaluates and recommends to the President necessary curriculum changes related to University objectives and development; set academic standards; provide developmental measures to remove deficiencies identified in the basic skills of students; support cultural diversity, appreciate the community college role of the University.

Expands University’s use of distance learning technologies and assures that they are properly evaluated.

Expands, oversees and directs University’s regional centers and other off-campus efforts, assuring that they are at all times in compliance with accreditation and academic excellence requirements..

Assures adequate use of instructional materials, facilities, and computer technology by all faculty.

Chair Provost’s Council and Curriculum Committee; serve on the following committees/councils: President’s Cabinet, Distinguished Teacher Committee, and Commencement Committee; also serve on the statewide Academic Officers Council of the State’s President’s Council.

Encourage and facilitate professional accreditation visitations.

Approve materials for the University Catalog and assures the catalog’s accuracy and delivery in a timely manner.

Provides overall supervision for the academic Deans, Director of Continuing Education, Student Services Director/Registrar, and the Vice Provost for Library-Media Services; works with Deans to insure the consistent and equitable interpretation of University policies and contract provisions.

Oversees the Library and University librarians and the development of the Library with the academic program requirements and develop policies, procedures, and programs for its effective utilization.

Serve as grievance hearing officer and liaison with LSSU Faculty Association; provide advice to University academic bargaining team.

Partners with businesses and community groups in the delivery of educational programs or experiences.

Serves in the absence of the President as the University’s Acting CEO.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Earned doctoral degree in relevant academic discipline with appropriate academic credentials reflecting teaching, service & scholarship reflected and demonstrated academic rank advancement to full professor; extensive, successful and progressively responsible academic administrative experience in higher education including oversight of teaching, curriculum development, accreditation, computer technology, distance learning technology, etc. Collective bargaining experience; desirable but not essential. Must work effectively and cooperatively with a wide range of people both within and outside the University.
Physical and Mental Demands
This is one of the most demanding jobs in the University, second only to the president in degree of complexity and scope of duties. Adequate physical fitness to be able to sit and concentrate for long periods of time; use of gross motor skills to perform supervisory and organizational duties; use of fine motor skills to operate computer; social intelligence; problem solving ability; ability to understand and work with numbers; ability to see, hear, and speak with or without the use of aids to perform normal office tasks.
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