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Higher Ed Administrative Careers - Provosts/Vice Presidents
Bethel University seeks to fill the position of Vice President for Academic Services.
Bethel is an intentionally faith-centered institution and requires leaders to have a passionate desire to deepen and promote Christian higher education. The Vice President for Academic Services (VPAS) will hold a pivotal role in the University's commitment to transforming communities through Christ-centered graduates and will have a faith maturity that is evident in past work in higher education
The VPAS will act as the chief academic officer of the institution and provide vision and supervision for all Deans, Executive Directors and Directors of academic services programs, Registrar, faculty and standing faculty committees. The VPAS serves as the accreditation liaison and in addition, will give general administrative oversight to all academic programs, policies, curriculum, and budgets.
The Vice President for Academic Services will contribute as an integral part of the President's Cabinet and will expected to contribute to the overall management and strategic vision of the University. This is an administrative, year-round, non-tenure track position.
Provides Direct Supervision and Direction to the Following:
Three Deans; (Nursing, Arts and Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences);
Executive Director of Bethel University Extension programs;
Executive Director of Adult and Graduate Studies;
Director of Online Education;
Director of the Center for Academic Support;
Director of Institutional Research;
Director of Library Services;
Director of Global Engagement and Career Services
Full-time and Adjunct Faculty;
Act as chief academic officer of the institution;
Report to Board of Trustees on academic issues and academic affairs committee;
Give general administrative oversight to all academic programming, policies, curriculum and faculty;
Lead accreditation work;
Administer the academic budget;
Supervise and direct all other academic functions;
Coordinate academic planning and change, evaluation and academic quality improvement with faculty;
Support the University's strategic planning initiatives;
Coordinate faculty development activities including orientation for new faculty;
Recruit and hire full time faculty;
Recommend change in rank and tenure;
Promote cultural, ethnic and gender diversity in all employment decisions supporting the institution's Diversity and Inclusion commitments;
Complete performance evaluations of direct reports and ensure that evaluations of all faculty are completed;
Propose the creation and elimination of academic programs and sources of revenues;
Supervise all research activities.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:
A passionate and vibrant personal faith;
An ability to embrace and emulate the mission and ethos of Bethel University;
The ability to articulate a faith-based approach to academics and a commitment to Christ-centered liberal arts education;
A commitment to pedagogical excellence in teaching;
Minimum of five years of increasing university level administrative experience;
An earned terminal degree and successful higher education teaching experience;
Successful experience with accrediting agencies;
An understanding of and vision for traditional, graduate, non-traditional, and online learning;
A vision for scholarship and research at a primarily teaching institution;
An ability to adapt organizational structures, programs and curriculum to rapidly changing demographics and technological developments;
A heart for people utilizing a collegial and pastoral approach. One who can unify, listen well, and implement well.
Interested Candidates should submit:
Statement of Faith
Cover Letter expressing their desire and fit to serve at a small Christian Liberal Arts University.
About Bethel University
The mission of Bethel University, affiliated with the Missionary Church denomination, is to be a community of learners building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and world. Bethel's liberating academic programs challenge the mind, enlarge the vision, and equip the whole person for lifelong service.
Launched in 1947, Bethel is urban-situated in the northern Indiana region hosting 250,000 residents, seven colleges (including Notre Dame), the 2nd largest shopping district in the state of Indiana, 15,000 businesses, 50 parks, and beautiful riverwalk developments in South Bend and Mishawaka. Resort venues on Lake Michigan are 45 minutes away. The university community is composed of about 1,500 traditional and adult/graduate students from 35 states, 90 students born outside the United States, and 225 full-time employees. Bethel also hosts more than 8,000 guests annually to arts productions, 25,000 annually in conference services, and many thousands of community members in support of 40 national athletic championships.
Outside organizations recognize Bethel's quality: it is ranked as a Top Tier Midwestern College for 15 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report; r...anked No. 7 in the Midwest on the Washington Monthly "Best Bang for the Buck Colleges" list; No. 1 on Christian Universities Online 2016 list of "Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations." Bethel has also been named to Money Magazine's "Best Colleges for Your Money 2018" list.
Bethel's 20,000 alumni occupy 49 states and 64 world areas, and enjoy a medical school acceptance rate double the national average, 100% job placement rate in Nursing whose program was ranked No. 7 in the United States, a Top 4% finish nationally in competitive math performance tests, and 100% pass rate every year on the national performance standard for a unique academic major in American Sign Language.
Alumni professional achievements include the No. 1 rated School Superintendent in Indiana, the No. 1 rated School Principal in Indiana, a Top 1% pediatric surgeon in North America, the former Executive Director of the largest Youth for Christ district in the nation, the Chaplain of former President Barack Obama's childhood school, the lead in "South Pacific" off Broadway in Chicago, a laboratory director in sustainable energy, MLB All-Star Team representatives (Cleveland Indians Justin Masterson; MLB pitcher for the San Diego Padres Eric Stults), a senior Midwest manager for Blue Cross / Blue Shield, and among others the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Midwest Region, Don Clark.
Faculty accomplishments from Bethel include: an average of more than 100 scholarly presentations and performances each of the last five years, reaching every corner of the United States (California, Oregon, New York, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Texas, etc.) and across the globe (e.g. Kenya, Greece, Israel, Jamaica, France, etc.), including elite sites such as Oxford, Cambridge, Aberdeen, and Carnegie Hall. Academic disciplines are deepened by Bethel projects on suffering, shame, the logic of forgiveness, Islam, mentoring, culture shock, health care among the Amish, eating disorders, home births, monotone mathematical triangles, top predator conservation, adolescent readers, capitalism, gene segregation, Great Lakes fisheries, social-linguistic patterns among the LGBT deaf, deviance in American political allies, ecological imagination in American fiction, Russian education, Latino values and education, theater sound and stage design, leadership pressure, the ethics of a Library Bill of Rights, non-violent resistance, simulation learning in Nursing, Shakespeare, depression in cancer patients, race-based tension, art exhibits in every medium, choral and instrumental productions of great variety, and more.
In recent years, Bethel saw the strongest series of financial ratios in 25 years (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education), increased admissions visits by 60% and applications by 20%, doubled the number of fully online students and saw surges in programs like Math-Engineering (+24%), Christian Ministries (+53%), Biology (+118%), Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy/Sport Management (+177%), and total Graduate Program increases of +47%. Students of color moved from 19% to 28% of the total population, with increases in retention and graduation rates.
Traditional college-age students now rank mentoring as one of the most prominent traits of the environment, seen in part by a shift from 5 in 10 to 7 in 10 residential students voluntarily engaged in small group or one-on-one coaching by faculty-staff, and through alumni surveys showing very high faith-integration retention after their Bethel years (e.g. understanding Biblical texts, feeling equipped for the essential questions of life, strong critical thinking skills, etc.).
Also during this time, $12M was applied to endowment, scholarships, and facility upgrades such as Academic Support Services Center, School of Nursing Simulation Lab, renewal of the largest lecture hall named for Brian & Paqui Kelly (Notre Dame head football coach), new entrances for the East campus and Athletic Park with three additional intramural fields, a new Softball stadium, and refreshed Weight Room, added a Kindergarten Lab School, refreshed Art Gallery, Acorn restaurant, Wi-Fi network and phone systems, and more.
Work culture at Bethel also thrives, now meeting or exceeding industry average scores on 47 of 55 variables annually tracked by Best Christian Workplaces, who surveys 15,000 workers in Christian organizations annually. The employee experience at Bethel now leads national norms, to a statistically significant difference, in commitment to excellence, an environment for creativity and innovation, solving problems through supervision, the habit of receiving and using input, and demonstrating spiritual gifts throughout the workplace.