Provost and Vice President for Learning
1. Core Responsibilities: Prioritize tasks and responsibilities and summarize them below. Please
provide percentages of time allotted to each particular task or responsibility, making sure that the
total percentage equals 100%. Please give specific duties and avoid using generalizations or “other
duties as assigned.”
Reporting to the College President and serving on the President's Cabinet, the Provost and Vice President serves as the Chief Learning Officer. The Provost provides strategic leadership to the Division of Learning, which includes the Schools of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Liberal Arts, Professional and Technical Studies, and Science and Health as well as all academic operational and support areas, to ensure that they reflect the mission of the college. The Provost serves as an advocate for all educational programs, providing leadership to faculty, staff, and administrators to ensure consistent high-quality standards in curricula and programs that meet the needs of students and the region. The Provost oversees the academic integrity of the college and provides leadership in long-range planning, budgeting, curriculum, program development, and faculty support. The Provost ensures compliance with various accrediting bodies as well as with Maryland and federal regulations.
The Provost and Vice President for Learning is complex position and has a broad range of duties:
Provides Leadership for the Division of Learning- 70%
- Fosters a culture that embraces innovation, promotes educational equity and is focused on students
- Embodies the mission, vision and values of the college and exemplifies behaviors and approaches that engage all members of the college community in supporting the broader needs of students
- Further strengthens the educational experience for all students to reach their full potential
- Ensures that processes and policies reinforce the strategic priorities of the college and are not obstacles for students
- Strengthens a culture of evidence and data-driven decision-making to improve student learning
- Provides visionary leadership for the academic operations of the college
- Enables innovative teaching and learning and encourages transformational practices that promote student success and engagement
- Ensures seamless alignment among credit and noncredit workforce programs
- Provides leadership for all learning programs and policies to facilitate appropriate program development and to meet the standards of accrediting bodies
- Coordinates accreditation efforts and the preparation of reports to various accrediting bodies
- Ensures educational excellence while leading people and managing the effective allocation of resources
- Ensures systematic review of programs to ensure quality and current course content
- Coordinates with the Deans and the Associate Vice President for Continuing Education and Workforce Development and approves the hiring, support, development, and evaluation of faculty, staff, and administrators of instructional programs and services
- Works with direct reports to plan, develop, and administer the annual budget for the instructional division of the college
- Identifies new sources of revenue to support existing programs and provides leadership for the creation and funding of new programs, which foster the mission of the college
- Recruits, develops, and retains outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and fosters mutual respect and understanding
- Maintains an effective plan that supports the recruitment and retention of highly qualified diverse faculty and instructional staff
- Embraces collaboration and ensures communication with faculty by working closely with the Faculty Senate and college-wide participatory governance
Participates in College-wide activities- 25%
- Serves as an important member of the President's cabinet and the college's senior leadership team
- Provides counsel to the President on all matters pertaining to the instructional operations of the college
- Builds relationships between the Division of Learning and the Division of Student Equity and Success to ensure seamless and equitable services to students that promote and enable student success
Represents the College in the Community- 5%
- Participates in statewide higher education efforts to improve instruction and its delivery to all students and promotes these activities at the division level.
- Represents the College in community organizations such as Chamber of Commerce, nonprofit boards, and other related organizations.
- Ensures the development and active participation of advisory committees for instructional programs.
- Assumes such other duties as assigned by the President, including representing the President at college, community, and professional events.
2. Education/Knowledge Required: Specify required degrees, experience, special skills and abilities necessary for satisfactory performance.
- Minimum of an earned doctorate.
- Successful teaching experience, preferably full-time within community colleges
- Significant academic administrative experience, preferably within community colleges.
- Must be capable of leading faculty, be sensitive to student’s needs and interests, demonstrate commitment to fostering excellence in teaching and learning, be able to work with faculty to demonstrate excellent student outcomes, in transfer and career programs, be able to envision and advocate quality in general education and effectiveness in developmental education.
- Must be capable of working with technically able people, be able to envision and advocate the importance of technical education and education in applied technologies for development of a world-class workforce.
- Excellent communication and human relations skills required.
- Experience in accreditation activities, learning outcomes assessment, and global education preferred.
3. Supervision: List all position titles reporting directly to this position, full-time or part-time. Include student assistants, temporary, permanent, and part-time faculty supervised in a typical semester or year.
- Executive Assistant
- Associate Vice President for Continuing Education and Workforce Development
- Dean, Learning and Technology Resources
- Dean, Science and Health
- Dean, Liberal Arts
- Dean, Professional and Technical Studies
- Director, Operations
- Director, Academic Planning and Assessment
4. Internal & External Contacts: Identify contacts required within and outside the college, and purpose of contacts. (Example: Contacts vendors for supplies and materials; or meets with tri-county public and private employers to determine training needs)
- Internal: Students, faculty, staff, and other entities of the college. Close supervisory contact and professional guidance of administrators, faculty and staff assigned to the division.
- External: Personnel from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Maryland Association of Community Colleges, local public-school systems, Maryland colleges and universities, advisory committee members, community groups, and other agencies of the public and private sectors.
5. Guidelines/Procedures/Regulations: Identify guidelines, procedures, instructions, regulations, and laws within which the position functions. Be specific.
- The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
- State Laws and regulations pertaining to minimum academic requirements, transfer, etc.
- Federal and state regulations applicable to grants and contracts assigned to the division.
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education policies and guidelines.
- College policies and procedures.
6. Communications: Please describe the written and verbal skills required for the position.
Excellent, complex oral and written communication skills required to varied audiences.
7. Role Complexity:
The position requires complex long- and short-term planning to ensure the viability of the college.
Every day brings different challenges—there is little routine. The incumbent must be able to multi-
task regularly. As the primary educational leader, the Provost and Vice President must be aware of and respond to internal and external forces. There is considerable environmental uncertainty which makes decision-making difficult.
8. Creativity & Innovation:
The Provost and Vice President must motivate and encourage faculty to innovate and grow. They set the tone and determine the direction of the academic division and developed policies and procedures that guide the division. Creativity is an important skill-set of this position and is an expectation by the President.
This position impacts the entire academic division of the college. They oversee over 400
instructors and an academic program composed of hundreds of courses and scores of
academic programs. Although the Provost and Vice President does not directly work with students, their activities have a major impact.
10. Fiscal Responsibility: Describe the fiscal responsibility. Include total dollars that the position directly controls.
The Provost and Vice President administers a budget in excess of $30 million dollars.
11. Physical Working Environment: Describe the physical working environment and list any hazardous and toxic substances used in the performance of duties.
Working beyond a normal 9-5 schedule is routine and includes early morning meetings, evening
meetings and occasional weekend meetings. Travel between CSM’s campuses and to other colleges is expected.
Apply online at www.paulygroup.com and click the "Apply Now" for College of Southern Maryland
Attach (1) a cover letter that addresses the minimum qualifications and preferred
characteristics; (2) a current resumé; and (3) reference names and contact information.
Please direct all confidential inquiries and nominations to the College’s search
Dr. Angela Provart
Pauly Group Inc.
3901 Wood Duck Dr. Suite E. Springfield, IL 62711
Phone 217-241-5400 Fax 217-241-5401
The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications will be
accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted by
Monday, March 29, 2021 receiving priority consideration. All applications are
confidential and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization
of the applicant.
The College of Southern Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer