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Tuskegee University is an independent and state-related institution of higher education.  Its programs serve a student body that is coeducational as well as racially, ethnically and religiously diverse.


Posting Date:             July 1, 2014

Position:                       Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Posting End Date:       Open Until Filled

The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs is appointed by, and responsible to, the President of the University for curricular, instructional and faculty personnel matters. This person is the chief academic officer of the University, under the President.  Under the direction of the President, and in conjunction with the deans, this officer allocates budgets, faculty positions and instructional resources for all academic areas, including graduate and summer school programs. 

Working with the President, deans and faculty, the Provost has the responsibility for continuously improving the quality of University-wide undergraduate, graduate and professional educational programs.  This officer is also expected to encourage innovation and to be sensitive to factors such as opportunities for faculty research, teaching loads, sabbatical leaves and adequate instructional budgets which are necessary for the University to maintain excellent programs and an appropriate learning environment.   Additionally, the Provost is expected to provide the leadership to promote a student-centered University.

Special Qualifications

In keeping with the President’s commitment to Tuskegee University becoming an “Outcomes-Oriented University,” the ideal Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will possess administrative capabilities and experiences both within and beyond the traditional trajectory and pathway from professor, chair and dean. This position will play a vital role in the on-going and continuous development of the institution’s 2013-2023 strategic plan, 2018 SACSCOC reaffirmation of accreditation, Campus Master Plan, new Academic master plan and deferred maintenance plan. Moreover, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will be instrumental in the development of online academic programming and development of non-STEM related academic programming for strengthening student recruitment, retention and persistence. CLICK HERE to see President Johnson’s remarks.  

With a unique opportunity to work with only the 7th President in the institution’s history, Tuskegee University’s new Provost/Vice President for academic affairs will need to be a 21st Century academic administrator possessing a vibrant intellectual acumen as well as a practical managerial “outcomes-oriented” administrative philosophy able to respond to both the needs of traditional internal constituents as well as external constituents—including but not limited to—local, state and federal entities, public and private relations for advancement and development, accrediting bodies and pronounced academic and program development in non-STEM-related fields, as well as, being intimately familiar with new faculty and new administrative recruitment for a strong, robust and thriving academic enterprise.


  • Earned doctorate from an accredited institution of higher education and the qualifications necessary to hold a tenured position with the academic rank of professor in an appropriate department of the University.
  • Significant, relevant and successful experience in a comparable administrative leadership position(s), preferably in higher education.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • The ability to build sound relationships with and among diverse stakeholders, including board members, donors, faculty, students, alumni, the public and government entities.
  • Strong personal integrity and enthusiasm.

Essential Duties

  • Assist the institution in concert with members of the Executive Council with its on-going development of the Strategic Plan, Campus Master Plan, Academic Master Plan and Deferred Maintenance Plan
  • Assist the institution with the development of online academic programming for student recruitment, retention and persistence.
  • Assist the institution with the development of non-STEM related academic programming for student recruitment, retention and persistence.
  • Assist the institution with maintaining both its regional accreditation with SACSCOC and the accreditation bodies for academic programs.
  • Review and evaluate existing academic policies in concert with Faculty Senate in view of a “Outcomes-Centered Organization” including “Post-Tenure Review.”
  • Advise the President, regularly, through conferences and reports, on the status of the academic program and personnel, educational goals, accreditation, etc., and on broad University policy, particularly as it relates to academic areas.
  • Administer policies and major procedures relating to the development, revision and adjustment of curricula.
  • Supervise the administration of academic regulations for the University-wide instructional program.
  • Administer general provisions for faculty ranking, promotion and leave of absence and tenure, as provided in the Faculty Handbook and other published materials.
  • Encourage research efforts throughout the University, in cooperation with academic deans and the Dean of Graduate Programs and Research.
  • Coordinate and administer programs for faculty development, approve teaching loads, and other aspects of faculty service.
  • Set up mechanisms for the appropriate evaluation of faculty and for the continuous improvement of instruction.
  • Administer academic records and reports of the University.
  • Publish the University’s academic calendar in consultation with the faculty and the President’s Cabinet.
  • Assist with the recruitment of major academic officers and senior faculty for the University.
  • Provide information, services, counsel and general supervision that will enable college deans to develop and administer effectively the programs to which they give primary leadership.  
  • Develop academic policies, standards of instruction, scholarship and academic excellence, particularly by reviewing and formulating policy on curricula, faculty service, and general measures for the continuous improvement of instruction, all of which require legislative action by the Faculty Senate or its Committees.
  • Serve as staff to the Educational Policies Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Serve as Chair of the Council of Deans, as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Executive Council and the Budget and Planning Committee.
  • Work with deans on the preparation of budget recommendations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the President.


Commensurate with experience and training, as well as the University Compensation Plan

NOTE:  The statements contained in this job description reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility.  It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.

Application:  Review of nominations and application materials will begin immediately.  A nomination letter should include the nominee’s name, position of interest, address, telephone number and email address. An application should include:  a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements; a resume or curriculum vitae; and the names of five professional references with titles, addresses, telephone number, and email addresses. All material should be submitted electronically via MS Word or PDF attachments (email) to bjohnson@mytu.tuskegee.edu; Please include a cc copy to Nikita Payne, interim Human Resources Director, npayne@mytu.tuskegee.edu . All paper-based materials should be mailed to:


Tuskegee University

ATTN: President’s Office/Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Search

Kresge Administration Building

Tuskegee, AL 36088



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