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Vice Provost for Academic Programs
Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Date Posted 05/11/2020
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Number: 115280

Requisition Number: F532

Department: University Provost

University Expectations

MTSU seeks candidates who are committed to innovative teaching, robust research/creative activity and meaningful service. We also seek to attract a culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with a diverse student body.

Job Description

Middle Tennessee State University seeks a dynamic and innovate candidate for the position of Vice Provost for Academic Programs (#115280). Must be eligible for appointment at Associate or Professor level in an academic discipline offered by the university. Expedited tenure will be considered at time of appointment. The start date for this 12-month appointment is August 1, 2020.

The Vice Provost for Academic Programs (VPAP) provides leadership for academic program management; academic program planning, development, and approval; academic policy development and implementation; and curricular initiatives. Reporting to the University Provost, the VPAP is responsible for academic program and curricular innovation and excellence. MTSU's Academic Master Plan calls for educational programs of high quality and value at all levels in established and emerging fields. The VPAP facilitates development and management of academic programs; develops and provides oversight for implementation of academic and curricular policy and procedures; initiates and provides oversight for the creation of innovative, interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate academic programs; represents new programs to and secures their approval by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission; coordinates the University's participation in the Academic Common Market, and provides leadership and oversight for the University's General Education program.

The candidate is expected to have a strong record of instructional and scholarship success, implementation of best practices in curriculum development, approval, and management, a commitment to curricular and instructional excellence; knowledge of trends in higher education, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; effectiveness in establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with diverse constituencies; the ability to resolve problems and issues, and provide effective supervisory skills.

Required Education

Earned terminal degree from an accredited institution.

Required Related Experience

Three years full-time administrative experience in higher education at the chair level or above OR three years academic program administrative experience at a higher education agency.

Other Desirable

Candidates with experience in academic policy development, implementation, and oversight at undergraduate and/or graduate levels will receive special consideration.

Salary and Benefits

Rank and salary commensurate with education and experience. Additionally, MTSU provides its employees with a comprehensive benefits package that includes the following:

  • Health, dental, vision and life insurance as well as several other optional benefit plans

  • Retirement savings programs that include your choice of two plans as well as three deferred compensation savings plans; mandatory 5% employee contribution

  • An Employee Assistance Program

  • Educational Assistance Programs

  • Sick leave

Job Open Date: 02/03/2020

Special Instructions to Applicants

In order to successfully apply, applicants are required to include a Cover Letter and their Curriculum Vitae at the time of online application submittal.

PLEASE REVIEW your application/document attachments closely as you certify and submit your application to the posting. Applicants who do not successfully attach all required documentation cannot be considered. Edits to application/documents already submitted are allowed PRIOR to the Job Review Date for Optimal Consideration but not beyond.

If you need assistance in applying or editing application/documents already submitted, please contact Faculty Recruitment Specialist at 615-898-5128.

Application/documents received by the review date will receive full consideration; however, the posting remains open and applications MAY BE submitted/considered until the position is filled.

If you have position specific questions, please contact Dr. Cheryl Torsney, Search Committee Chair at

Additional Information

If selected for an on-campus interview, applicants should then request official transcripts (not issued to student) of all college degrees be sent directly to the academic department prior to the interview. In order to complete an employment agreement, official transcripts from each degree-granting institution must be provided. If transcripts are from a non-U.S. institution, it is the responsibility of the prospective faculty member to have the transcripts both translated into English and evaluated by an approved credential evaluation organization. Please use one of the organizations found on the list at this link when obtaining new credential evaluations:

Likewise, you will be required to provide names and contact information for three PROFESSIONAL recommendations (external to MTSU) during your application to the posting. If you are approved for the candidate pool, our online hiring system will then automatically generate solicitation for these letters using contact information you provided. The letters of recommendation must be professional (not personal) recommendations and should be returned via the link provided in the solicitation email. Letters must be current and specific to the job posting and may not be provided from a general dossier.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Pre-Employment Information

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

Job Type: Full Time

Accept Recommendations

Last Day a Recommendation Provider Can Submit Reference

Special Instructions to Recommendation Provider

Letters of professional recommendation (not personal) must be submitted via the uniquely assigned link and per the instructions included in the solicitation letter automatically generated if/when the recommendations are required. Generic letters stored on a third party site will not be accepted.

Letters may be addressed to the attention of:

Dr. Mark Byrnes, Provost

Middle Tennessee State University

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