The next Provost will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with Alvernia University’s seventh President and academic community to lead this financially stable and ambitious University to its next level of success. S/he will accomplish that success through a continued commitment to a shared academic vision, faculty advocacy, student-centered success and support of its Franciscan mission and values.
The Provost of Alvernia University is the chief academic officer of the University, reporting directly to the President. Direct reports to the Provost include the three academic deans (Arts & Sciences, Professional Programs, and Graduate & Adult Education), the Dean of Institutional Research, the Chief Information Officer and the directors of: Learning Technologies, Library, Office of the Registrar, Academic Success Center, O’Pake Institute and Holleran Center. Home to 75% of the University’s employees, the Office of the Provost touches the lives of many at the university.
As a senior partner to the president, the next Provost should be ready to address the following opportunities and challenges:
– Be a strong supporter and articulate advocate for Alvernia’s mission, vision, and values, ensuring that the University’s Franciscan, Catholic identity remains central to the university’s culture and the academic endeavor;
– Provide the leadership, dynamic vision, and advocacy necessary to continually enhance the quality of Alvernia’s outstanding faculty and academic programs and the learning and growth of our students;
– Work with the deans and faculty leaders to ensure a) a dual emphasis on both liberal arts and professional programs; and b) the appropriate balance of academic and institutional investments in undergraduate, graduate and adult/ degree completion offerings;
– Lead continuous assessment of the opportunities and viability of current programs, while being alert to external market trends and responsive to workforce needs;
– Shrink disciplinary “siloes” and utilize the faculty’s passion and creativity to foster the development of innovative programs and to identify and support the untapped potential of faculty teaching and research projects;
– Explore the reorganization of the academic structure of colleges and schools and auxiliary learning services, in partnership with the deans and faculty leaders;
– Work collaboratively – as a strong and persuasive advocate on behalf of the faculty – with the other members of the President’s Cabinet to create shared partnerships and opportunities for student success, and promote a collegial and collaborative atmosphere of committed service to students, faculty and staff;
– Continue recent momentum with improvements in advancing information technology, including instructional and academic technology;
– Continue development of increased on-line and hybrid learning technologies and programs to improve flexibility for students and faculty and strengthen Alvernia’s competitive advantage in the marketplace;
– Establish new partnerships with external companies and organizations; support and lead the academic deans and directors to identify and make these connections; and
– Enhance curricular emphases on the diversity of human experience and increase the percentage of faculty and staff diversity to more closely model the student population.