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Physical Address:
Administration Building
Room 105
Moscow, ID
83844-3152

Phone: 208-885-6448
Fax: 208-885-6558
provost@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr.
MS 3152
Moscow, ID
83844-3152

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Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives

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This stunning 60-second aerial highlights some of the Moscow campus of the University of Idaho in the early morning hours on a summer day.

Cradled in the Palouse hills of northern Idaho, Moscow is surrounded by pristine scenery — rolling farmland to the west and the spectacular Idaho wilderness to the east. This friendly and vibrant community is alive with spirit, festivals, museums, fairs, education and recreational opportunities.

The University of Idaho invites applications and nominations for the Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives.

As a key partner to the Provost and Executive Vice President, this position provides leadership for all aspects of university academic initiatives. This position provides broad support for academic programs in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President and is responsible for working in partnership with deans, department administrators, faculty, vice provost colleagues and external agencies related to the creation, initiation, approval, review and accreditation of academic programs. The Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives is responsible for the quality, relevance and effectiveness of our academic programs and is the primary point of contact with senior leadership and external partners, which includes state government, accreditation bodies, federal agencies and partner post-secondary institutions related to these efforts. The Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research, will assess current and proposed academic offerings and initiatives to assure the continued academic excellence at the University of Idaho.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Vice Provost of Academic Initiatives will provide important leadership with a focus on improvement and expansion our academic programs, identification and development of pathways that engage and retain students, investigation of new curricular structures, expansion of our Honors and Undergraduate Research programs, expansion and support of offerings via distance, online or dual enrollment platforms and oversight of general education at the University of Idaho.

The Vice Provost contributes to the university strategic plan and direction through the support of academic excellence and development which requires broad collaboration and facilitation.

The successful candidate will be a faculty member who seeks the opportunity to lead, foster, and support academic excellence. The ideal candidate will have a successful record as a faculty member and provide evidence of recognition of high-quality teaching, mentoring, scholarship and creative activity, and leadership. The candidate must have a demonstrated ability to work successfully with faculty, department administrators, deans and staff. This candidate must have knowledge of strategies to foster and support high quality teaching and learning, academic program assessment and improvement strategies, means to improve student learning outcomes, working with and in academic and personnel systems and a commitment to continuous improvement.

  • Serve as key advisor and university project lead for state-level initiatives from the Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE) and its committees (i.e., Council on Academic Affairs and Programs (CAAP) and the Instruction, Research and Student Affairs (IRSA) committee, etc.).
  • Supervise the directors of the General Education (including assessment and program evaluation), Honors and Dual Credit Enrollment programs.
  • Supervise annual program review, assessment and accreditation initiatives.
  • Provide leadership related to the development, implementation, and review of policies related to academic programming.
  • Serve on appropriate committees including the University Curriculum Committee, General Education Committee, Teaching and Advising Committee, Associate Deans Forum, Special Course/Lab Fees Committee and Academic Petitions.

Required Education

  • Terminal degree in disciplinary area from an accredited university

Required Experience

  • Three (3) years administrative experience in higher education and external relations
  • Eligible for academic appointment in a department at the University of Idaho, subject to normal internal vetting processes
  • Capacity to build strong relationships with and across multiple stakeholder groups (faculty, staff, and students; academic leaders at all levels, state and federal partners)
  • Understanding of requirements necessary to lead and manage complicated post-secondary processes that support student success and the student experience
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills

  • Eligible for tenure and the rank of Full Professor
  • Experience managing post-secondary curriculum processes
  • Experience facilitating program or institutional accreditation or accountability initiatives
  • Evidence of ability to negotiate and mediate with multiple stakeholders while preserving integrity of relationships
  • Experience solving challenging and complex issues with creativity and strategic thinking

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. The student population numbers more than 12,000, including first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars at locations in Moscow, Boise, Coeur d'Alene and Idaho Falls. As the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as “higher research activity,” University researchers expended over $109 million in expenditures last year.

Consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges in the United States by The Princeton Review, and a noted national leader in student-centered learning and interdisciplinary research that promotes public service, the University combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and a focus on helping students succeed and become leaders. Over 2,500 faculty and staff support and guide 120 Bachelor's, 83 Master's and 33 doctoral degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education, Health and Human Sciences; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences; Natural Resources and Science. Through an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism and community, the University of Idaho actively engages in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body.

The University is a dynamic and integral part of the fabric of Idaho and, as such, plays a key role in the state’s economic development. With extension offices in 42 counties, the University is committed to enhancing the scientific, economic, social, legal and cultural assets of the state and takes pride in a commitment to teaching, research, agriculture, outreach, extension and collaboration. The University provides access to publicly supported medical education through a multi-state partnership with University of Washington’s School of Medicine, and the U of I College of Law is among the nation’s best small state public law schools. Unique academic partnership opportunities are also afforded with other universities and colleges in Idaho, as well as Washington State University, located only 8 miles away in Pullman, Washington.

The residential campus located in Moscow is a place of transformation and lasting traditions. With more than 200 student groups and a vibrant culture, the University is home to the renowned Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, for which U of I became the first public university to receive the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest arts honor. Vandal athletic teams compete in 14 men's and women's NCAA Division I sports. Competing in the Big Sky Conference, the Vandals are reigning conference champions in women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s golf, women’s soccer and women’s tennis.

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Just minutes away from the forests, rivers, lakes and mountains of northern Idaho, Moscow is home to approximately 25,000 residents, and the urban amenities of the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane metropolitan area are within a 100-mile drive. In addition to art galleries, movie theaters and coffee shops, Moscow offers a large organic and natural foods co-op, Northwest-style pubs and many locally-owned restaurants.

Moscow is known as the “heart of the arts” for its consistent ranking among the top small arts towns in America. The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival brings some of the world’s best jazz artists, along with 20,000 visitors each year. The ARTWALK, Rendezvous in the Park concert series and the Prichard Art Gallery are a few examples of its dedication to the arts. The downtown Farmer’s Market, which runs late spring to early fall, is one of the nation’s longest running and thriving outdoor markets. In 2016 Moscow was named one of the top 50 ‘Best College Towns in America’ by College Rank for its access to outdoor recreation, vibrant downtown and cultural attractions. In 2019 Livability ranked Moscow as the number one city in the U.S. for raising a family for the second year in a row.

Moscow is surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, an area so picturesque it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Reflective of these surroundings, the University ranked in the top 30 in the nation as a “great university to hit the books and backcountry” by Outside magazine. Living and learning in Moscow is just minutes from opportunities for hiking, fishing, biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, camping and more.

Search Committee

  • Ben Hunter, Dean of University Libraries, committee chair
  • Mary Stout, Executive Assistant to the Provost/EVP, search coordinator
  • Russ Meeuf, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Media & Faculty Senate Chair
  • Lindsey Brown, University Registrar
  • Patricia Colberg, Associate Dean, College of Engineering & Professor of Civil Engineering
  • Jim Connors, Dept Chair and Professor, Agricultural Extension, Leadership & Communications & University Curriculum Committee Chair
  • Ann Abbot, Director of Introductory Mathematics & Senior Instructor Mathematics

Contact Us

Physical Address:
Administration Building
Room 105
Moscow, ID
83844-3152

Phone: 208-885-6448
Fax: 208-885-6558
provost@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr.
MS 3152
Moscow, ID
83844-3152

Directions