Provost Search Advisory Committee invites nominations for provost

Temple University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Provost, the chief academic officer of the University. The Provost will report directly to the incoming president, Dr. Neil Theobald. The Deans of the University’s schools and colleges report to the Provost as does the Dean of University Libraries, the Division of Student Affairs, International Programs, and members of the Provost’s Senior Staff. The Provost will work in partnership with President Theobald to define and implement the University’s academic strategic vision; work in partnership with the Deans and the faculty to shape the faculty and the academic programs for the future, building strength in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas; enhance the University’s scholarship, creative activities and research profile; enrich teaching and learning at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels; allocate and manage resources in support of the University’s academic goals; and provide leadership for development efforts.

The successful candidate will be a tenured professor in the University and will have academic credentials and accomplishments that earn the respect of the academic community. The Provost must have academic vision and leadership experience, combined with the ability to inspire faculty, students, staff, and the Board of Trustees with a sense of pride and purpose. As the University focuses on academic and research excellence for talented students, the Provost will need the ability to work with the President to develop strategic directions and to imagine new possibilities for the University.

Other important attributes include successful management experience in a complex institutional environment that includes budgetary responsibility, the ability to work closely with others on integrated academic and financial planning for Temple, the ability to recruit and retain an outstanding faculty, a collaborative management style, and a commitment to enhancing diversity in all areas of the University community.

Nominations and self-nominations should be sent to Students, faculty and staff may place names in nomination or self-nominate if they have attained the rank of professor with tenure. The deadline for consideration of applications is December 21, 2012 after which the nominees will be contacted by the committee chair and asked to submit materials. The search will be conducted with the highest respect for the confidentiality of candidates. Review of candidates will begin the week of January 7, with an appointment to be made by President Theobald in early 2013.

Temple University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity among its students, faculty, and staff.

Provost Search Advisory Committee
Therese A. Dolan, Chair