June 10, 2023

Interim Provost Job Announcement

A message from the Office of the President.

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the pending retirement of Dr. Nina Mikhalevsky, Provost, I want to make you aware of the following opportunity:

Interim Provost Job Announcement

The University of Mary Washington is conducting an internal search for an interim Provost for the next two academic years, to begin on July 1, 2021. The individual chosen to serve in this role will lead the university through the next SACS-COC reaffirmation process scheduled to conclude in 2023.

The Provost is a key member of the President’s cabinet and is the chief academic officer reporting directly to the President. As the chief academic officer, the Provost is responsible for adapting and implementing an evolving vision for the university and for developing strategies to accomplish that vision.

The Deans of the College of Arts & Science, the College of Business and the College of Education report to the Provost. The Provost also oversees the offices of Academic Engagement and Student Success, Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment, Continuing and Professional Studies, University Museums, and University Library. Other key areas under the Provost’s supervision include the Office of Disability Resources, Academic Services, Office of the Registrar, Career and Professional Development, International Education and Study Abroad, the University Teaching Center and Digital Learning Support.

The Provost must be able to work collaboratively with faculty and staff effectively within the confines of shared governance. Toward that end, the Provost conducts oversight of all academic programs, curriculum, academic planning and budgets, and works closely with the Deans and the faculty to provide leadership of major university initiatives in teaching, research and creative activities. Working closely with faculty and staff, the Provost also has the responsibility of reviewing, improving, and enforcing all University educational and academic policies.

Reaffirming the university’s accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) is a top priority at this time, so this individual must have extensive experience with SACS and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Due to demographic shifts and changes in higher education accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, this individual must have experience with budget and resource management at the university level.

Enrollment and student success continue to be a top priority for the university, so this individual must understand effective strategies to both recruit and retain students. These efforts include making academic programs resonate with prospective students and an understanding of the university’s collaboration with EAB in the development of an education data hub.

A successful candidate must have experience in institutional planning, management, accreditation, and program development.

This individual must have a demonstrated commitment to the university’s public liberal arts mission, strategic vision including diversity initiative (especially as it relates to faculty and staff recruitment and curriculum development), and community values (ASPIRE).

This person must have a terminal degree and demonstrate a record of academic accomplishment and scholarship that merits tenure and advanced Associate Professor or Full Professor rank.

To be considered, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three references to the President’s Office, Attention Dr. Jeffrey McClurken, Chief of Staff, jmcclurk@umw.edu by February 8, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact me at tpaino@umw.edu.



Troy Paino