Montana State University-Northern invites applications for the position of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Serving the North Central Montana region since 1929, MSU-Northern is a comprehensive four-year university that provides liberal arts, professional, and technical education through 40 undergraduate degrees, over 30 interdisciplinary minors, associate degrees, certificates and two graduate programs. MSU-Northern is known for its regional importance in delivering higher education to a population that may not receive it otherwise. MSU-Northern serves a significant population of rural, first-generation students and is proud to serve the highest percentage of Native American students in the Montana University System. MSU-Northern produces quality graduates who are prepared to meet professional and specific workforce needs of the diverse industries in our state including: healthcare, education, transportation, agriculture, and energy-always striving to be true to our motto: "Education that works!"
MSU-Northern is known for its diverse and high-quality academic programs ranging from liberal arts, education, and nursing, to its nationally recognized diesel technology program and Bioenergy Research Center. The University celebrates that, throughout its history, the local community has provided unfailing support-financial, political, and even physical labor, when needed. With 1,230 undergraduate and graduate students, MSU-Northern offers all the services expected of a comprehensive university in the context of a small college environment. The University is known for a strong familial connection with alumni. While enjoying strong support from the local community and the region the University serves, it is gaining increasing support from beyond the region, as well. MSU-Northern plans to grow enrollment to 1,500, enhancing the ability to better serve its communities.
The University seeks a dedicated professional who is committed to teaching and to the pursuit of knowledge in a supportive, student-centered environment in which the unique mix of academic and technical programs are responsive to local, regional, and state workforce needs. For additional information about the University, please visit: www.msun.edu.
The Opportunity: The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is a results-oriented professional who partners with the Chancellor on all university governance, but serves primarily as the chief academic officer (CAO), providing leadership for the university's two colleges: the College of Education, Arts & Sciences and Nursing and the College of Technical Sciences. (A third college, the College of Health Sciences, is in the final stages of approval.) The Provost and Vice Chancellor oversees the work of 58 full-time and 45 adjunct faculty as well as the Extended and On-line University, the library, two outreach centers, as well as grants and other grant-related programs. The Provost and Vice Chancellor provides leadership for regional and programmatic accreditation and serves as the University's Accreditation Liaison Officer as well as the Chair of the Assessment Committee, Deans' Council, and Professional Education Unit. The Provost and Vice Chancellor provides leadership in the campus-wide process of strategic planning and implementation, in union contract negotiations, and in public relations activities that foster positive external relationships. The Provost and Vice Chancellor advises the Chancellor on all matters related to academic functions, represents MSU-Northern academic programs at the Board of Regents and Statewide CAO meetings, provides academic and executive-level leadership and supervision for all academic programs and student support services, identifies new sources of revenue to support existing programs, provides leadership for the creation and funding of new programs, and manages academic reporting to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE), and Montana State University.
The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will have demonstrated experience with:
- Working with a diverse campus community
- Regional and programmatic accreditation requirements and reporting
- Policy development
- Working in a state institution of higher education
- Hiring, awarding continuance, promotion, tenure, and termination of employees
- Supervising faculty in a wide range of disciplines
- Issues relating to academic integrity
The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will possess:
- A strong background in teaching and scholarship at the post-secondary level
- An academic record commensurate with appointment at the rank of professor
- An earned doctorate
Valuable qualities include:
- Experience working with collective bargaining units for faculty and staff
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity within a higher education population
- Familiarity with current technology as it relates to student learning
- Record of success in securing external funding
Location: Montana State University-Northern is in beautiful Havre, in the heart of a vast rural agricultural region 30 miles from Canada. The university has close ties to four Native American community colleges located within the reservations along Montana's Hi-Line. Havre is the county seat of Hill County and offers world-class hunting, fishing, and other four-season outdoor recreation for nature lovers, recreation enthusiasts, and history buffs. It provides many cultural attractions including concerts, live theater, museums, shops, galleries, and sporting events. Havre is the transportation hub for Amtrak, GE Rebuild Center, and BNSF Railway's Northern line. With a population of approximately 10,000 residents, the community is known for its small-town ideals and slower pace of life. A low crime rate, stunning views of golden wheat fields and the rising peaks of the Bears Paw Mountains, and an education system that offers a tradition of excellence make Havre a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
Application: Interested candidates should submit only a cover letter and resume/CV to RPA Inc. at MSUNProvost@rpainc.org. Please do not submit references at this stage, as they will not be retained. For a confidential discussion or to make a nomination, please call Dawn Schon or Dana John Cohick, Search Managers, at 800-992-9277. The first review of candidates will begin on June 23, 2017, and interviews will commence thereafter. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.