Provost - Academic Affairs
The Position: George Fox University invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost. The Provost is the chief academic officer of the institution, reporting directly to the President of the university and responsible for academic affairs and associated staff and resources.
The Institution: George Fox University is an evangelical Christ-centered university with extensive undergraduate and graduate programs rooted in the Friend’s tradition. Its mission is to prepare students “spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion.”
George Fox University offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors , bachelor’s degree-completion programs for working adults, seminary programs, and more than a dozen master’s and doctoral degrees. In all, more than 3500 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, at its Portland and Redmond centers, and at other teaching sites in Oregon.
The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics and experience relative to theological commitment, position responsibilities and qualifications:
Theological and Faith Commitment:
- Demonstrate Christian character and commitment to Jesus Christ
- Embrace core evangelical convictions
- Be committed to the local church, as evidenced by membership and regular attendance
- Understand and support the university’s Friend’s heritage and ethos
- Understand and support the university’s theological diversity
- Demonstrate the ability to assess reality and create effective change in a higher education academic environment
- Understand and manage effectively and efficiently the details of a complex multi-site institution from a systems perspective, including intercultural and international programs
- Communicate effectively with faculty members and administrators and listen open-mindedly to the viewpoints of others in a collaborative process
- Construct effective strategies for the continuing improvement of retention and graduation rates, for high standards of academic excellence, and for various learning delivery methods
- Demonstrate an understanding of assessment and outcomes-oriented learning for effective career and job placement opportunities for undergraduates and graduates
- Articulate an understanding of the present and changing landscape of accreditation processes and have an ability to work effectively with the institution's primary and secondary accrediting agencies
- Manage all related processes associated with faculty development and the obtaining of faculty grants
- Understand the dynamics of faculty life in general and the distinctive differences between undergraduate and graduate programs (particularly the diverse academic and professional foci of the latter)
- Embrace and support a broad conception of “excellent scholarship” befitting an institution with a multiplicity of disciplinary interests and constituent peer groups
- Collaborate with relevant campus offices and programs to ensure appropriate integration between the curricular and co-curricular aspects of the undergrad student experience
- Be a strong proponent for Christian liberal arts education as the core of the undergraduate experience while also building and strengthening professional preparation opportunities for all students.
- Advocate for the university’s shared priorities regarding teaching, scholarship, and service and for the university’s mission and strategic aims
- Have an earned doctorate from an accredited institution
- Have broad experience with both undergraduate and graduate programs
- Have a teaching record that merits appointment as a full professor in an academic department
- Have administrative experience that includes, at minimum, service at the level of dean or its equivalent.
Application Process: Send a cover letter detailing your experience as it matches the position criteria above and a current vita to Provost Search Committee, Attention Missy Terry, George Fox University, 414 N. Meridian Street, Newberg, OR 97132. Alternatively, one may email these documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of nominations should be directed to President Robin Baker. Deadline for accepting applications is October 1, 2013.