Michigan State University seeks to fill the senior-level administrative position of Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development. The Associate Provost is responsible for leading the Academic Advancement Network (AAN) in envisioning and implementing its faculty and academic staff development mission. That mission focuses on supporting the professional development goals of individuals as well as the institutional processes and structures that promote inclusive excellence at MSU. MSU is committed to supporting individuals in ways appropriate for their career stage and their appointment context.
Faculty and academic staff development at MSU occurs in a complex, decentralized context in which university-level offices and academic units aim to provide aligned and complementary professional development support to faculty and academic staff. AAN is organized around a set of faculty leaders who help guide and support the work of those seeking to develop in areas of mentorship, leadership, and teaching and learning in inclusive, equitable, and diverse learning environments. AAN provides direct programmatic support to individuals but increasingly serves to support formal and informal collaborative learning experiences among academics. The Associate Provost leads the AAN staff and collaborates with college, departmental, and unit leaders to ensure a balanced and coordinated relationship between development experiences situated in colleges and departments and those provided centrally.
AAN must fulfill several specific functions that reflect the university’s de-centralized context:
Serving as a connector or hub to help campus initiatives, units, and individuals find ways to collaborate in support of the professional growth and learning of MSU academics;
Creating centralized campus-wide opportunities when needed to achieve consistent messaging, to nurture cross-institutional connections, and/or to ensure efficiencies (e.g., programming concerning orientation and preparation for promotion);
Supporting and scaffolding the professional development of leaders and aspiring leaders at all levels of the institution (e.g., departmental and college faculty leadership roles, program coordinators, department chairs, associate deans, deans, unit and division heads) to help them more fully understand and enact their responsibilities in relation to supporting the growth, work, and development of those for whom they are responsible.
Specific Responsibilities of the Associate Provost include:
Providing vision and strategy to build and further develop the mission and approach of the Academic Advancement Network in ways that advance MSU’s mission and enrich a collaborative, respectful, inclusive, and growth-oriented institutional culture;
Facilitating, coordinating, and supervising the work of the Academic Advancement Network and its staff in support of the AAN mission;
Mentoring members of the AAN staff as they fulfill the AAN mission (e.g., encouraging their continuous improvement and ongoing professional growth);
Engaging in regular interaction with the Provost and Associate Provost for Academic Human Resources to ensure that AAN’s work is aligned with institutional priorities;
Building, nurturing, and maintaining a robust network of relationships with leaders (e.g., Director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, the Associate Provosts of Graduate and Undergraduate Education, the Associate Provost of Outreach and Engagement, and the Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning and Technology), academics, and units across campus in support of the development of active collaborations to advance both unit-level and cross-institution initiatives that support the professional growth of faculty and academic staff;
Participating actively in and leading national conversations about progressive and impactful faculty development efforts in higher education.
A doctorate degree.
A record of accomplishments consistent with appointment as a full professor in the tenure stream.
Knowledge of and personal experience planning, implementing and assessing a range of faculty and academic staff development initiatives and programs.
A vision of ways to advance the AAN mission and expand the reach of AAN more widely throughout the university.
Demonstrated ability to lead, coordinate, and supervise the work of a diverse group of colleagues.
Knowledge of and experience with the organizational complexities of a major university, and demonstrated ability to work across unit lines.
Demonstrated ability to convene and foster collaboration among individuals representing different viewpoints, interests, positions, and locations across the university context.
Experience with planning, administration, and management of budgets and personnel.
Demonstrated commitment to advancing equity, inclusiveness, and cultural richness in the academic environment.
Knowledge of and participation in professional work in the area of faculty and academic staff development at the national level.
Knowledge of current research in the area of faculty and academic staff development.
Knowledge of Michigan State University or a similar institution in terms of culture, structure, and organizational processes.
Required Application Materials
Interested candidates should submit:
a letter of application
and names and contact information of three references.
Review of applications will begin August 30, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
Please see the AAN website for information about relevant programming and efforts.
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