Applications Being Accepted for Interim SR. VP For Academic Affairs

Applications Being Accepted for Interim SR. VP For Academic Affairs

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The provost and vice president for Academic Affairs is accepting applications and nominations for the position of interim senior vice provost (SVPAA), to serve from Aug. 2013 through June, 2014, while a national search is conducted in the upcoming academic year. 

The senior vice provost has oversight and coordination responsibility for a wide range of academic curricula and policies, and for academic strategic initiatives, such as eUNH, and the development of the University of Choice initiative.  In particular, the SVPAA oversees the undergraduate curriculum and university-wide programs including the Discovery Program, Honors Program, Writing Program, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, the Fellowships Office, and ROTC. 

The SVPAA oversees the university’s international initiatives, including the Center for International Education, the Office of International Students and Scholars, and the UNH- Navitas partnership. Key responsibilities include undergraduate academic program development, program review, accreditation, articulation agreements, serving as liaison to associate deans, deans, and members of the President’s Cabinet, and working with the Academic Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate.  The senior vice provost reports to the provost and is a member of the provost’s senior staff as well as the deans’ council. 

Nominees and applicants must be tenured members of the UNH faculty (including UNH Manchester) with demonstrated abilities in academic leadership, program development, curriculum, and the processes of teaching and learning.  The interim senior vice provost is expected to be familiar with the UNH academic plan and the strategic plan, and able to implement its goals, particularly but not exclusively with regards to the undergraduate experience.  He or she should understand and be willing to exercise the principles and practices of shared governance at UNH and be able to work effectively with various governance bodies concerned with the academic mission of the university.  Ideally, he or she would bring a background in and understanding of STEM research, curricula, and pedagogy.

Confidential nominations and applications should be emailed to Helen Brewster, Office of the Provost, Thompson Hall (, with three documents attached: 1) cover letter, 2) CV, and 3) contact information for three references. Nominations should outline how the nominee meets the criteria for the position. Qualified nominees will be invited to apply. References will not be contacted without prior notification.

A screening committee consisting of faculty and staff will review applications beginning on July 15, with interviews tentatively scheduled for the week of July 22.  Recommendations will be delivered to Provost Lisa MacFarlane before Aug. 1.

Nominations and applications are encouraged from all members of the UNH tenured faculty, especially from those individuals from groups which have been traditionally underrepresented in academic leadership roles at UNH.