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Associate Provost & Dean of Faculty
Tarleton State University

Date Posted Oct. 23, 2020
Title Associate Provost & Dean of Faculty
University Tarleton State University
Stephenville, TX, United States
Department Administration
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
    Associate Provost/Chancellor
  • Academic Affairs
    Senior Administration
    University Administration
Tarleton State University
Associate Provost & Dean of Faculty

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Tarleton State University in their search for an Associate Provost & Dean of Faculty. 

Tarleton State University seeks a highly organized, detail and process oriented leader to serve in this critical role within this dynamic, growing institution. This is an ideal time to join this growing and successful institution experiencing year over year growth in both their undergraduate and graduate programs including the 2020 fall semester. The University enrolls over 13,000 students and employs over 870 faculty and 716 staff.

The Associate Provost & Dean of Faculty provides leadership within the academic division for actions related to academic programs, assessment and faculty affairs. The ideal candidate is astute with a meticulous eye for detail and skilled in balancing the many competing priorities of this role within a complex institution. Tarleton State University desires a team-minded leader with stellar written and verbal communication skills who delivers a hands-on approach to leadership, operations and problem solving and will work seamlessly with all levels of the institution including senior administration, faculty, staff and students as well as manage legal affairs alongside legal counsel and the A&M system office.

This position reports directly to the Provost and leads a team consisting of the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development, Dean of Libraries as well as administrative staff positions.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Oversees academic programs and their planning, development, external review, and curriculum
• Serves as liaison to TAMUS BOR and THECB.
• Submits reports to external entities for program review, low-producing program reports, and responds to internal audits 
• Oversees faculty hiring process including interview, credential verification, and appointment
• Coordinates processes related to faculty tenure and promotion and post tenure review
• Supervises activities of the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment and the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development and Dean of Libraries.  Serves as a Campus Security Authority (CSA).

Following is an approximate breakdown by area:

30% Faculty Affairs:
• Supervises activities of Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development.
• Serves as liaison to faculty senate leadership.
• Oversees and submits faculty communications to BOR and System (P&T, PTR, and awards).
• Review faculty credential and sets standards for recruitment and retention of faculty.
• Standardizes faculty processes to align with System rules and policies.
• Maintains faculty related handbook and SAPs.
• Oversees faculty awards processes. Oversees process for faculty grievances and appeals.
30% Curriculum, Academic Programs, and Libraries:
• Supervises activities of Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment.
• Oversees planning and development of new and modified academic programs.
• Finalizes proposals for external review .
• Assures the integrity of the curriculum process.
• Serves as liaison to the TAMUS BOR and staff and the THECB related to academic programs.
• Oversees catalog integrity.
• Oversees operations of the University Libraries and supervises Dean of Libraries.

30% Assessment, Assessment Services and Academic Planning:
• Performs/supervises activities related to Academic Program Review, Low-Producing Program Reports and other related reports.
• Submits reports to external entities such as TAMUS and THECB.
• Performs tasks related to system, state, and internal audits.
• Provides leadership for all activities related to learning outcomes assessment, strategic planning, and selecting assessment instruments for the Academic Division.
• Performs assessment related activities for the Division of Academic Affairs and maintains records of those activities.
• Oversees planning and implementation of Academic programs delivered to off-campus and extended learning sites.
• Serves as Institutional 504 Coordinator and supervises Director of Disability and Testing Services.

10% Division Leadership Responsibilities:
• Serves on Deans' Council, Provost's Council, and Academic Council. Chairs the University Curriculum Committee (or interacts with designated chair).
• Serves ex-officio on General Education Assessment Advisory Council, University Curriculum Committee, Graduate Council, and others as assigned.  
• Serves as a member of and primary academic liaison to University Planning Council and other committees or task forces as needed.
• Serves in the Delegation of Authority for the Office of the Provost and provides counsel and advice to the Provost on matters as needed.

Required Education and Experience:
• Earned doctorate from a regionally accredited university.
• Held a faculty role and earned the rank of associate or full professor with tenure.
• Ten years of successful teaching/administrative experience in higher education.
• Held a variety of administrative roles with increasing levels of responsibility.
• Experience dealing with legal implications and working closely with a legal support team and human resources.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of program development, assessment, curriculum development, and faculty processes and procedures
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
• Meticulous record keeping
• Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others
• Ability to prioritize
• Ability to lead large groups
• Record of scholarship or creative writing
• Demonstrated ability to work with constituents across campus
• Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:
• Full professor with tenure
• Experience working within a multicampus system

About Tarleton State University:
Founded in 1899 and part of The Texas A&M University System since 1917, Tarleton State University combines the resources of a major public institution, cutting-edge academic facilities, and faculty experts with its own brand of personal attention, history and community. It has become a first-choice destination for students across North Texas and beyond. Tarleton State University offers the value of a Texas A&M University System education with its own brand of personal attention, individual opportunities, history, tradition and community.

As the second largest institution within the Texas A&M System, Tarleton State University has four campuses, over 870 faculty and 716 staff serving over 13,000 students. The primary campus is in Stephenville, which consistently ranks as one of the best small towns in America. Additional locations are in Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and Bryan, complemented by a fully online Global Campus.

Tarleton is a vibrant learning community with nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a doctorate in education and criminal justice, within seven academic colleges including Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Business; Education; Graduate and Global Studies; Health Sciences and Human Services; Liberal and Fine Arts; and Science and Technology.

Tarleton has extended the reach of state-supported, affordable education by expanding online undergraduate and graduate programs and classes in Waco, Midlothian, and Fort Worth. Students come to Tarleton from around the world, representing some 30 countries and nearly every state in the U.S., and leave as moral, ethical thinkers with civility and integrity who contribute meaningfully to a global society.

Recent additions to the main Stephenville campus include a state of the art Nursing Building, and a new $25 million living and learning residence hall for 500 students. Tarleton’s research centers include the renowned Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research and the Southwest Regional Dairy Center.

Tarleton’s Vision
Tarleton State University will be the premier comprehensive regional university in the nation, dedicated to education, service and research. It is committed to being a university of opportunity for all students and believes it has a responsibility to drive regional innovation and job creation for all graduates.

Living in the Area:
Stephenville, with a population of over 20,000, is in Erath County and one of the best places to live in Texas. Stephenville's cost of living is 19.7% lower than the U.S including a lower than average sales tax and no income tax. The area also offers a lower than average unemployment and crime rate.

Uniquely located in rural Texas one-hour southwest of Dallas/Fort Worth for easy access to metropolitan amenities and a major airport, yet isolated from big city stress. Stephenville is an inviting, gracious community with a rich western heritage in a beautiful country setting along the Bosque River.

The area offers amenities for all interests including restaurants, shopping, museums, galleries, outdoor activities and parks and family attractions. 

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and CV. Please do not email applications. To be viewed by the firm, you must apply directly at:

Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner at Academic Career & Executive Search at

  • Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

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Contact Information

  • Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner
    Tarleton State UniveAcademic Career & Executive Search
    Stephenville, TX


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