Vice President, Academic Affairs

Company: Philander Smith College

Updated: 6/20/2013


The Vice President for Academic Affairs reports to the President and serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the College. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President for Academic Affairs works collaboratively with the executive team to advance the College mission, vision and strategic plan. The Vice President for Academic Affairs must successfully motivate a college-wide team at all levels, to develop an understanding of core values at PSC, and to demonstrate appropriate responsiveness to the needs and concerns of students, faculty, and staff. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Earned doctorate in an academic discipline from an accredited institution. • Academic record commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor. • Demonstrated successful experience in higher education administration as Vice President for Academic Affairs, college dean or comparable position. • Demonstrated strategic fiscal planning and budget management experience. • Demonstrated record of effective leadership and successful work with colleagues across divisions. • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and ability to work towards the implementation of a diversity plan. • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills. • Broad experience in developing an academic vision and creating effective planning and implementation processes linked to that vision. • Strong commitment to collegial, consultative processes and to shared governance. • Deep understanding of and commitment to PSC Social Justice Mission. • Record of accomplishment in developing effective strategies to build and support academic initiatives. • Track record in supporting internationalization, diversity, interdisciplinary collaboration, co-curricular learning opportunities, and the use of technology to complement instruction and learning. • Experience with institutional or academic unit level accreditation processes. • Commitment to the values of public service and community outreach. Vice President for Academic Affairs Philander Smith College EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Provides academic and executive level leadership and supervision for all academic and non-academic student service programs. • Supports faculty in developing assessment mechanisms that will document increases in learning. • Demonstrate commitment to an environment that encourages faculty to create positive and innovative learning environment. • Advises the President on all matters relating to the academic functions of the college. • Works collaboratively with faculty, administrators, and staff to provide a supportive and rigorous teaching and learning environment from the classroom to an effective array of student support services. • Oversees the development and maintenance of quality in education and student services. programs and operations consistent with the objectives of the College. • Oversees the activities and programs of the College’s five divisions (Business & Economics, Education; Humanities; Social Sciences; and Natural & Physical Sciences). • Coordinates and manages strategic fiscal planning and budgeting. • Ensures that the institutional academic programs and plans are aligned with the institutional mission in consultation with others through the principles of shared governance. • Analyzes a variety of data sources to project and accomplish strategic outcomes. • Promotes excellence in teaching, research, creative endeavors and service. • Establishes and maintains an effective divisional resource procurement plan that supports the recruitment and retention of highly qualified faculty, staff and students. • Identifies new sources of revenue to support existing programs, as well as the creation of new programs, which foster the mission of the college. • Sets high standards for assessing the quality of programs, teaching and learning. • Administers the promotion and tenure process; reviews all faculty evaluations and files presented for decisions on faculty reappointment, promotion, tenure or dismissal. • Reviews and approves changes in departmental bylaws. Vice President for Academic Affairs Philander Smith College HOW TO APPLY Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, curricula vitae, copies of transcripts and three letters of professional recommendations to: Email subject line should include the full name of the position for which you are applying and documents should be in Word format. You may also mail your information to: Philander Smith College Attn: Office of Human Resources 900 Daisy Bates Drive Little Rock, AR 72202 Philander Smith College is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on age, race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status or religion. Philander Smith College is a smoke-free and drug-free work environment. Philander Smith College participates in E-Verify. ABOUT PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE Philander Smith College is a private, historically Black, four-year liberal arts institution nestled near the progressive epicenter of downtown Little Rock which encompasses the thriving cultural and business River Market District and the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. Affiliated with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, the college holds the distinction as the only United Negro College Fund (UNCF) member institution in the state of Arkansas. Philander Smith College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, Association for Collegiate and Business Schools and Programs, and the Council on Social Work Education and currently offers four degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, and the Bachelor of Social Work. Philander Smith College has as its mission “to graduate academically accomplished students, grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to change the world for the better”. Our mission statement specifically calls for the College to prepare its graduates for more than a lucrative career, but for a sense of calling to better their communities.