Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bemidji State University
Location: Bemidji, Minnesota
Internal Number: 1796
Location: Bemidji State University
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Employment Condition: At Will
Bemidji State University (BSU) invites applicants to join our team as the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVP AA). BSU's vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU's vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with Indigenous communities to become a destination university.
BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor culture. The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation. Major campus facilities are connected by all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel during the cold, winter months.
Enrolling more than 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU's Shared Fundamental Values include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship.
The Associate Provost and AVP AA is a Cabinet level position and provides procedural oversight, leadership, and implementation of academic curriculum, programs, and policies as designated by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, including faculty relations and student conflict resolution. The Associate Provost and AVP AA provides leadership for the Dean's Council and program directors, serves as the Provost's designee on academic and student affairs committees, collaborates with offices on campus to assess and develop effective academic policies, practices and procedures, acts for the Academic Affairs Office with day-to-day management of the Academic Affairs Division, and fulfills other duties as assigned.
Responsibilities of the Associate Provost and AVP AA include:
Overseeing and supervising the directors of the campus-wide academic units, programs, and offices as assigned by the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs (P&VPAA); leading Academic Deans' Council and participating in the President's Cabinet and Provost's Council; and serving as academic administrator on university committees as assigned by the P&VPAA. Percent of time: 25%
Serving as a critical Provost's Office liaison with faculty and ensuring appropriate management of issues; investigating complaints related to academic programs; and seeking resolution of contract grievances. Percent of time: 10%
Implementing and monitoring compliance with Minnesota State Board and University academic policies and collective bargaining agreements. Percent of time: 10%
Overseeing administrative responsibilities for curriculum and program approval processes, including management of Curriculum, Catalog and Minnesota State approval processes. Percent of time: 10%
Overseeing program level assessment and regional accreditation compliance. Convening the Assessment Committee and serving as the campus's HLC Accreditation Liaison Officer. Percent of time: 10%
Leading Academic Deans and Directors in the implementation of Academic Affairs policies, practices, and procedures. Managing budget and student worker allocations for the Academic Affairs Division. Percent of time: 10%
Collaborating with the P&VPAA regarding immediate and strategic issues related to the Academic Affairs unit, including the IFO Meet-and-Confer processes and agenda setting. Percent of time: 5%
Overseeing processes related to the appointment and evaluation of faculty. Percent of time: 5%
Representing BSU Academic Affairs in Minnesota State academic affairs meetings and initiatives as assigned by the P&VPAA. Percent of time: 5%
Managing responses to student concerns brought to the attention of the President and Provost; facilitating grade appeals and student complaints. Percent of time: 5%
Representing Academic Affairs at on-campus and external events when the Provost is unable to attend and determines that Academic Affairs should be represented. Percent of time: 5%
Minimum qualifications for this position include:
Doctoral degree from an accredited university.
Ten years of related experience, including a record of effectiveness in an academic leadership position.
Ability to appropriately develop, interpret and apply academic and student policies to support the mission of the institution.
Experience with program level assessment and regional accreditation.
Ability to lead initiatives and engage campus in a collaborative process of implementation of external and internal policies and procedures.
Ability to work with, support, and contribute to a diverse academic community.
Ability to resolve issues in a cooperative and collegial manner consistent with applicable policies.
Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
Preferred qualifications include:
Understanding of academic issues and emerging trends in U.S. higher education.
Experience with implementing academic and student policies, practices, and procedures in a collective bargaining environment.
Experience working in a multi-union collective bargaining environment.
To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your application and/or resume clearly demonstrate fulfillment of these required and preferred qualifications.
Must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States at the time of an offer of employment.
Official transcript(s) must be provided to Human Resources upon hire.
In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MinnState) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, faculty and staff driving on college/university business, who use a rental or state vehicle, shall be required to complete a vehicle Use Agreement form and conform to MinnState's vehicle use criteria and consent to a motor vehicle records check.
If you have general questions about this posting or submitting an application, contact Teresa Hanson at [email protected].
UNIVERSITY / COMMUNITY
Bemidji State University is nestled among the pines along the shores of Lake Bemidji, just blocks from a thriving downtown community. In this Northwoods setting, students, staff, and faculty have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens who always come out to cheer for the Beavers. While the city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung (nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than 15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than 100,000.
Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth, students at Bemidji State University have the opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history. Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet students as they drive in from the south along Lake Bemidji.
Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban conveniences upon which college students rely. Bemidji State is conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks and more. Small, locally owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores and restaurants.
The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji. The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows; restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits; and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.
For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12 miles north of campus — offers downhill skiing and BSU-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further, the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from Bemidji.
Bemidji State University is the place to be...bold, real, innovative, creative, global, aware, successful, and so much more! Through our signature themes, BSU and its nearly 5,000 students are committed to environmental stewardship, community service, and global understanding. You'll see that commitment in what we teach and in what we do. Located on the western shore of Lake Bemidji, our north woods campus environment reminds us daily of the need to be in tune with our world. Similarly, the American Indian culture of our region beckons us to begin our global journey by understanding our past as we prepare for the future. See for yourself by visiting us soon.