The VPAA is responsible, with the collaboration and direction of the Provost, for leading the faculty, both full-time and adjunct and for the planning, development, evaluation, and administration of on- and off-campus academic programs including the graduate and adult/professional studies programs throughout the state, online programs and associated academic support services consistent with the University’s mission statement and strategic plan.
Assuring the visibility and centrality of an evangelical, Christ-centered focus in all academic affairs programs.
Ensuring the integration of faith and learning throughout the academic program of the institution.
Modeling good relationships and Christian spirit with colleagues.
Recruiting and hiring faculty and staff who can carry out effectively the academic curriculum.
Preparing agendas and presiding over the meetings of the faculty and the Academic Senate.
Recommending to the Provost, faculty promotions, tenure, honorary degrees, and sabbaticals.
Participating in Baccalaureate/Commencement services.
With the Provost and as directed, representing the University at professional meetings.
Planning and encouraging programs for faculty development.
Developing new programs and assisting in the ongoing updating of existing academic programs.
Supervising preparation of contracts and load maintenance for faculty and academic staff.
Providing as directed by the Provost support and information to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Recommending appropriate use of technology within the academic curriculum.
Assisting in connecting academic programs to appropriate outreach and service to community.
Managing student complaints concerning grades and other aspects of the academic program.
Encouraging and supporting faculty and student research efforts.
With the Provost overseeing development of strategic planning for the academic program of the University; overseeing implementation hereof.
Ensuring that expected academic documents and resources are prepared (catalog, Faculty Handbook, etc.).
Coordinating academic space usage.
Hiring and replacing academic leadership for the campus (deans, department chairs).
Ensuring ongoing assessment of student learning and periodic review of all academic programs.
Encouraging an emphasis on global education.
Cooperating with other areas in strengthening retention efforts and results.
Implementing evaluation processes for faculty and staff consistent with approved procedures.
Supporting University efforts in creating a diverse Christian community.
Working with Provost and the other vice presidents to carry out the mission, goals and strategic priorities of the institution.
Serves as member of the Leadership Team reporting directly to the Provost.
Supervises the deans, other academic administrators and support staff positions.
In coordination with and as directed by the Provost, is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the academic unit.
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
Terminal degree from accredited university required.
Five years’ experience in similar duties and responsibilities preferred.
Individual will exhibit a life and service that is in full accord with the Spring Arbor University Concept and Community Covenant.
Experience working in multicultural academic environments preferred and individuals from diverse populations are encouraged to apply.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
• Skill in University budgeting and planning • Ability to administer programs and direct people. • Must be able to balance responsibility for a well-organized operation • Maintain a sincere concern for effective customer service to employees, students, and the general public.