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Executive Vice President and Provost (4951)
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Nov. 10, 2023
Title Executive Vice President and Provost (4951)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Presidents Office
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Northern Illinois University (NIU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Vice President and Provost (EVPP). The EVPP reports directly to the president and is expected to lead the institution in the president’s absence. The NIU EVPP must understand the university’s vision and mission, and support our core values. In addition, the candidate of choice will embrace hard work and not shy away from challenges. They will possess the agility necessary to move ideas to action in a timely manner through shared leadership. They must be committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and freedom of expression across the institution. This includes unwavering support for academic freedom and individual expression. They must also demonstrate unimpeachable integrity and superb judgment exemplified by fairness, flexibility, empathy and responsiveness. Exceptional communications skills are required.

As the chief academic officer and with oversight for student affairs, the EVPP must be an experienced administrator with a demonstrated record of strategic leadership skills. The EVPP offers the right person an incredible opportunity to implement bold and positive new initiatives in partnership with President Lisa C. Freeman, collegial deans and vice presidents, a stimulating university community, supportive local community, and an enthusiastic and engaged alumni base. NIU is seeking a strong leader with a vision — one who is able to communicate effectively across stakeholders, who works well as a team member and who understands the importance of planning in a way that aligns resources with goals.

While the EVPP will work across senior leaders and is expected to collaborate on a variety of matters, the leadership necessary to do the following will be imperative for the success of the next EVPP: Collaborate with the vice president for Administration and Finance/chief financial officer to move forward an academically responsive and fiscally responsible budget; vice president for Research and Innovation Partnerships to align priorities, ensure synergy of the university’s academic research and innovation missions; vice president for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications to advance recruitment and retention initiatives; vice president for Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development on engagement initiatives; and the vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to align academic policies with NIU’s values of inclusion.

Northern Illinois University
NIU is a student-centered, nationally recognized public research university with expertise that benefits its region and spans the globe in a wide variety of fields. The university offers baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and law degrees across more than 40 academic departments and seven colleges: Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. NIU has a long, rich tradition of academic excellence with a breadth of programmatic offerings that support the academic aspirations of our students. Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty are not only dedicated to advancing their academic disciplines, but, in collaboration with NIU staff, are also focused on providing meaningful curricular and cocurricular experiences that prepare NIU students to be successful in achieving their future goals.

Proximal to Chicago, the third-largest U.S. city, NIU is in an area that is a vibrant center of culture and technology, yet the university is sufficiently out of the traffic and congestion to afford faculty and students a healthier environment in which to live and study. The NIU community is committed to positive change and is focused on enhancing student academic and career success. NIU serves a large, diverse, rural, suburban and urban population, including many first-generation college students. NIU’s fall 2023 enrollment of 15,504 students consisted of 11,358 undergraduate students, 3,832 graduate students, and 314 law students. The racial and ethnic diversity of our student body reflects that of the Chicagoland region and is 44% white; 21% Hispanic/Latino; 18% Black/African American; 6% Asian; and 7% international. About 4,100 students live on campus in five residence halls and an apartment complex.

The university is dedicated to making a college degree accessible, equitable and affordable. Recognizing that students’ hard work in high school is reflected in their grades, we became one of the nation’s first public universities to announce test-free admission and merit scholarship processes. Further, our Huskie Pledge program is helping to ensure that qualifying Illinois students from lower-income households can attend college and pay no tuition and fees out of pocket for their first year and potentially beyond.
Committed to sustainability and as a signatory to the Second Nature Carbon Commitment, NIU has cemented its pledge to climate action by setting in motion the process to incorporate sustainability into campus life, strategic planning and decision-making. The university this year drafted a sweeping Sustainability and Climate Action Plan that calls for NIU to “chart an ambitious path forward to become an innovator and leader in sustainability.”

NIU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral University/High Research Activity (R2) and Community Engaged University. NIU has also established a strong reputation for innovation and collaboration. Our research, artistry and engagement enterprises address complex, real-world challenges and help us to attract and retain students by providing them with robust learning opportunities, mentored research and artistry experiences, and connections to help launch their careers. In this context, our federal relations team has been a leading voice for equitable distribution of federal research funding. NIU’s research, service and engagement enterprises have surged in recent years. In Fiscal Year 2023, faculty and staff secured about 400 awards totaling $57 million in funding from outside sources, an increase of 34% over the previous year and a 60% increase since FY 2019. We’re particularly proud that a report assessing U.S. comprehensive research universities ranked NIU third nationally for “innovation impact productivity.” This ranking can be found in the report, “The Innovation Impact of U.S. Universities,
      Position Summary
The EVPP will be responsible for strengthening administrative processes and support systems, improving internal communications, establishing a synergistic and inclusive community, guiding faculty development and scholarship, setting budget policy, and fostering partnerships and engagement locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. They must possess a clear sense of the various challenges of a public research university with undergraduate, graduate and professional schools; demonstrate experience with, and commitment to, shared governance; and have the skills required to promote individual and mutual strengths within and among units.

The EVPP oversees the following:

      • Academic colleges.
      • Graduate School and International Affairs.
      • University Libraries.
      • Academic Affairs.
      • Faculty Affairs.
      • ADEI (dual report with the president).
      • Student Affairs.
      • Institutional Research and Analytics.
      • Title IX.
      • Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning.
      Essential Duties and Responsibilities
      • Oversees the vice provosts for faculty affairs, and undergraduate studies; the academic diversity (chief diversity officer, a co-report to the president); the associate vice president for student affairs (chief student affairs officer); the associate vice president responsible for international programs and graduate studies (the dean of the graduate school who also serves as senior international officer); the title IX coordinator; and the Associate Vice Provost, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning.
      • Leads the deans of the College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Visual and Performing Arts, and University Libraries.
      • Responsible for the university budget planning process in collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer.
      • Lead the institution in the president’s absence, and has budget oversight for the academic affairs division.
      • Perform other related duties as assigned.

    Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)
    • An earned doctorate, or appropriate terminal degree.
    • Faculty credentials that demonstrate teaching experience as well as research, scholarly and/or creative achievement consistent with appointment to the NIU faculty at the rank of tenured, full professor.
    • Experienced administrator in higher education with demonstrated leadership skills and a minimum of 10 years of experience in leadership roles.
    Additional Requirements (SPS)
    • A clear understanding of the various challenges facing student-centered, engaged, public research universities.
    • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging as a part of the university’s overall strategic vision.
    • Respect for shared leadership and shared governance, and documented ability to form strong working relationships with campus stakeholders.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with executive leadership to advance academic initiatives, including but not limited to those focused on student success and faculty development.
    • Administrative experience with budgeting and financial planning; well-developed understanding of the interface between financial planning and enrollment management; and willingness and ability to work within a multiyear, all-funds budget framework.
    Preferred Qualifications (SPS)
    • Appreciation for the importance of access, affordability, accountability and regional engagement to the mission of a nationally recognized, regionally relevant, public research university.
    • Experience working with collective bargaining units and an understanding of labor and management roles and responsibilities at an institution of higher education.
    • A record of accomplishment as an academic leader who confronts challenges and implements solutions using an approach characterized by collaboration, open communication, inclusive decision-making, respect for shared governance and collective bargaining, integrity, and courage of convictions.
    • Experience developing, implementing and/or launching innovative academic programs in ways that demonstrate respect for excellence, innovation and accountability in all aspects of the university’s mission.
    • Comprehensive and actionable understanding of current and emerging academic issues and higher education’s evolving operating environment, combined with a record of successful leadership during a period of change.
    • Successful experience with oversight of program development, implementation, assessment and accreditation with demonstrated commitment to continuous program improvement.
    • Documented ability to communicate and engage with external constituencies such as governing and coordinating boards, legislative bodies, public agencies, funding agencies, community partners, alumni and donors.
    • Appreciation for the value and importance of a well-rounded education that promotes integration of learning across the curriculum and co-curriculum, and develops the critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills essential for success at work, citizenship and life.

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