Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success #000313
Western Carolina University
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Internal Number: 18368
Western Carolina University seeks candidates for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success (AVCSS). Reporting to the Provost, this senior academic leadership position leads a dynamic, committed team of professionals in the Advising Center, the Retention Office, Student Transitions, the Office of Accessibility Resources, the Writing and Learning Commons, and the Math Tutoring Center.
The AVCSS, in collaboration with faculty, staff, and leadership across the university, is specifically responsible for:
· Leading the university in increasing retention and graduation rates at both strategic and operational levels.
· Championing and leading the development, implementation, and evaluation of student success programs.
· Leading in exploration, innovation, and adaptation of student success best practices.
· Creating and advocating for student success across the university in support of and to enhance diversity.
· Overseeing academic intervention programs for at-risk students.
· Integrating practices that have been successful with special populations to support all students.
· Mentoring and providing professional development for unit leaders and staff.
· Coordinating and supporting academic advising processes and programs.
· Partnering with Faculty Senate and with the Student Government Association on university-wide student success initiatives.
· Working closely with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and affiliated units to coordinate holistic student learning and support.
· Serving as the Academic Affairs lead on academic ceremonies such as convocation and commencement.
· Serving as a liaison with other state institutions and the University of North Carolina System Office on issues of student success, retention, and graduation.
About the University
Western Carolina University is a 12,000-student regional comprehensive university in the University of North Carolina system. As the westernmost institution in the UNC system, WCU attracts students from around the globe for its nationally ranked programs, affordability through NC Promise and exceptional student support. Recognized as a top adventure college and surrounded by the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, students can explore the region's vast natural diversity through unrivaled experiential learning and recreational activities.
WCU offers 120 undergraduate programs and more than 50 graduate programs. The main campus is located in the picturesque Cullowhee valley adjacent to the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, midway between Charlotte and Atlanta. WCU is 50 miles west of Asheville, NC, a city with vibrant art, entertainment, food, and culture scenes, and only 20 miles west of Waynesville, NC, the largest town in Western North Carolina. The entire region is noted for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.
Commitment to Diversity/Equity
All departments and colleges at Western Carolina University are committed to attracting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty and staff. We value our faculty and staff's unique identities and varied experiences. As a university community, we are dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive environment where ethical teaching and workplace practices are centered to build a more just workplace. Faculty and staff engage positivity-focused perspectives as allies and collaborators where potential for impactful change and movement toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusivity are goals.
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.
An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited university.
Successful leadership experience in higher education, especially in the areas of student success and retention.
Proven ability to collaborate with faculty and staff across the university on student success initiatives.
A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all members of the campus community.
Excellent oral and written communications skills
Administrative experience in a position related to student success at a regional comprehensive university, including: academic planning and supervision, supporting and enhancing student diversity, developing effective assessment strategies, and budgetary planning and management.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To be considered, you must apply online. Interested candidates should submit the following: A letter of interest, current curriculum vita and a list if three professional references with full contact information. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information please contact the Search Chair, Dr. Jill Granger at [email protected]
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.