The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) community invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (EVPAA). The University celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2026. In the five years leading to this milestone, UNI is thinking critically about its long-term future and laying a solid foundation to thrive into the next century. The University is seeking a forward-looking leader who can provide collaborative leadership in developing, supporting, and implementing the academic vision for UNI in pursuit of its mission and values.
UNI, located in Cedar Falls, is one of three state universities in Iowa and the only comprehensive institution. A member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the institution has been honored with two AASCU Excellence and Innovation Awards in the past five years. The first award, in the area of Student Success and College Completion, recognized UNI’s peer mentoring program and its focus on first-year students, making them feel at home and putting them on a path to success. The second award for Regional and Economic Development acknowledged the UNI Regional Entrepreneurship Project, reaching into 17 Iowa counties to develop a customized strategic plan in each area, thus assisting local leadership in success for their local economies. The University and its faculty, staff, and students are ranked consistently and recognized regionally and nationally for success.
Founded in 1876, the University’s enrollment is approximately 10,000 students in five colleges: the College of Education; College of Business; College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences; College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the Graduate College. UNI is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; there are many programs within the institution that have discipline-specific accreditation based on their high quality.
The Provost provides leadership for curriculum, assessment, institutional research, instructional technology, research and sponsored programs, and international programs. The Provost and EVPAA also has responsibility for the Academic Affairs division, which includes the colleges, library, continuing education and special programs, undergraduate studies, enrollment management, admissions, financial aid, registrar, and the Center for Urban Education.
UNI seeks an authentic, energetic individual with strong communication and team-building skills. With oversight for all aspects of teaching and learning, applicants must be able to speak to UNI's mission as a public regional comprehensive university – engaging students in high-quality, high-impact learning experiences, emphasizing excellence in teaching and scholarship, and working on behalf of students to realize their fullest potential. Further, the Provost will champion UNI's core values: academic freedom, access, accountability, collaboration, community, diversity, engagement, excellence, and sustainability. The Provost will promote and sustain a respectful, rigorous, compassionate, and learning-centered environment for UNI and work collaboratively with the entire UNI community to achieve a shared vision.
The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs will demonstrate an admirable work ethic, authenticity, and integrity. To assure best consideration, applications and nominations should be received by March 26, 2021. The new Provost will assume office by or before August 2021.
The application should include:
Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional important UNI information may be found at: https://provost-search.uni.edu/
The search is being assisted by:
James McCormick, Executive Search Consultant, email@example.com / (651) 238-5188
Janice Fitzgerald, Executive Search Consultant, firstname.lastname@example.org / (717) 580-0663