Loyola Marymount University seeks an Associate Provost for Research and Professional Development to provide leadership for faculty professional development and oversee administrative functions supporting faculty success. The Associate Provost supports initiatives around tenure and promotion procedures, external grant and contract funding opportunities and processes, and the planning and execution of events and programs related to faculty development and recognition. We seek a leader and colleague prepared to build on existing strengths and to join a collective effort to recruit and retain outstanding and diverse full- and part-time faculty. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, the Associate Provost serves as a key member of the Provost's leadership team.
The Associate Provost provides a variety of support for LMU's full- and part-time faculty, including professional development in teaching, tenure and promotion review processes, faculty-student research, undergraduate and graduate student research, and external grant and contract funding processes for faculty and staff projects. The units that fall under the Associate Provost's purview include the Center for Teaching Excellence, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, Institutional Review Board, Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Experience, and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The Associate Provost also leads full- and part-time New Faculty Orientation and the Rains Research Assistant Program. Working in collaboration with the academic deans, Faculty Senate, and committee on Rank and Tenure, the Associate Provost also leads a range of faculty recognition events and support programs, as well as their assessment.
The Associate Provost supports initiatives around tenure and promotion procedures, including faculty development leaves, sabbatical leaves, policy development and implementation, and merit review. She or he also participates in shared governance by leading committees and working groups such as the Faculty Awards Committee, New Faculty Orientation Committee, and Orientation for New Department Chairs. The Associate Provost also provides support, resources, and knowledge on external funding opportunities, developing mechanisms for faculty and staff to apply for sponsored research funding. In sum, the Associate Provost contributes to and executes a vision and strategy for faculty success, as articulated by the President, Provost, Vice Provost, academic deans, and faculty, working collegially to develop forward-thinking approaches to faculty success.
Qualifications and Application
The Associate Provost for Research and Professional Development will undertake a variety of managerial responsibilities including staff and budget oversight. By displaying a strong work ethic and an ability to inspire others, the Associate Provost will act in the best interests of LMU's faculty, students, the institution and its mission. Thus, collegiality and strong interpersonal skills are absolutely necessary to contribute to and lead in this important work. Highly developed organizational and leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse team of professionals are also essential for this role.
For this position, typically a Ph.D. or relevant terminal degree is required, as is a record of scholarship and teaching excellence commensurate with the rank of tenured, full professor at Loyola Marymount University. A record of successful grant writing for one's own research, interdisciplinary or collaborative projects, and/or institutional initiatives is preferred. Strong communication skills are also essential, including the ability to articulate the university's mission to students, faculty, parents/families, alumni, funding agencies, and donors. Broad knowledge of higher education issues is necessary, as well, including demonstrated understanding of contemporary issues related to tenure-track, full-time contingent, and part-time faculty, as well as students and staff. Familiarity with the legal environment of higher education is also a plus. Five or more years of administrative experience in higher education (at the department chair level or above) is strongly preferred, as is experience in staff and budget management.
For full consideration, applicants should submit the following items: 1) a current and comprehensive Curriculum Vitae, 2) a cover letter that outlines relevant qualifications and vision for the work, and 3) a one-page statement of leadership/management philosophy. Applications must be submitted electronically to https://jobs.lmu.edu (reference #0170650). A review of complete applications will begin February 19 and will continue until the position is filled. Semifinalists may be asked to submit additional application materials related to the responsibilities of the position.
The anticipated start date is between June 1 and August 1, 2018. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with background and experience.
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Marymount University, one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, serves 6,600 undergraduates and 3,300 graduate students in the Colleges/Schools of Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, Communication and Fine Arts, Film and Television, Education, Business Administration, and Law. LMU is one of the most diverse independent universities in the West: 55 percent of its students are from historically under-represented minority backgrounds. Located on the west side of Los Angeles, LMU is adjacent to the world's third largest tech hub, including corporate offices of many
Founded in 1911, LMU is a premier Catholic university rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. Our enrollment includes 5,962 undergraduate, 2,129 graduate and 1,278 law school students. Our 142-acre bluff-top campus is located in West Los Angeles and is among the nation's most beautiful and green campuses.