Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Position Overview

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The University of North Dakota Office of the Provost invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. The VPFA will begin service between as early as January 2023 but not later than July 2023.

The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (VPFA) provides leadership and vision for all aspects of the faculty experience at the University of North Dakota (UND), and works to build an ecosystem of faculty excellence, opportunity, achievement, shared governance, inclusion, and support at the institution. The VPFA oversees all aspects of faculty life at UND, including faculty hiring and onboarding, tenure and promotion policy and processes, post-tenure review processes and policy, faculty professional development, administrative coaching and leadership training, policy development and implementation related to faculty affairs initiatives, and all issues related to academic personnel, including managing the faculty grievance processes and working to resolve faculty issues as they arise.

The VPFA also provides leadership and administrative oversight, in collaboration with Human Resources, to faculty award and recognition initiatives at the university level, to retirement, Voluntary Separation Incentive Program (VSIP), and Leave of Absence (LOA) efforts, and to faculty recruiting, orientation, and onboarding initiatives, including providing vision and leadership for junior faculty mentoring initiatives in cooperation with the membership of the Dean’s Council and the Vice Provost for Strategic Programming and Special Initiatives (VPSPI). The VPFA, under the direction of the provost and in collaboration with Human Resources, provides administrative support to endowed chair and executive leadership searches, as well as leads the Chairs Council and establishes onboarding, training, and ongoing professional development for new academic administrators at UND, in partnership with the VPSPI. The VPFA works to build a dynamic, diverse, and accomplished faculty at the university, and in so doing works directly to enhance and grow the reputation and standing of the University of North Dakota within the state, the region, and the nation.

Founded in 1883, six years before the state itself was established, the University of North Dakota gave North Dakota its name when the former Dakota territories separated into two distinct states. Today, UND is a busy 521-acre campus, the state’s largest, which has emerged as a leader in engineering, medicine, aviation, space, and unmanned aircraft systems. Located in Grand Forks, ND, a vibrant college town of 62,000 residents, UND has a student enrollment of 13,772 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Its Carnegie classification is RU H (Research Universities—High Activity).

Nominations and Applications

The UND VPFA Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. For full consideration, application materials should be received by August 19, 2022.  Candidates are encouraged to review the search profile, which can be accessed above.

Applications must include:

  • A letter of interest that addresses the Duties, Position Requirements, and Preferred Qualifications as described in this Position Profile;
  • A statement describing commitment to and experience with diversity, equity, and/or inclusion in higher education;
  • A curriculum vitae or resume, and
  • Five professional references with email addresses, telephone numbers, and your professional relationship to each. As this will be a confidential search until candidates interviewing on campus are announced publicly, references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.

Application materials should be sent electronically (PDF format or Microsoft Word) to:

All applications and nominations will be handled in complete confidence.

Candidates are encouraged to reach out to the consultants through an initial email contact to discuss this opportunity.

Sally Mason, Executive Search Consultant, / (765) 414-0299

Garry W. Owens, Executive Search Consultant, / (806) 239-3049

Anyone needing assistance or accommodations during any part of the application or interview process should contact:

Michele Carroll, Executive Assistant to the Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs Search Committee, / (701) 777-3046

UND is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status during the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veterans Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and, if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the past 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. Prospective employees are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at A paper copy of the report may also be requested from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND 58202.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified three or more finalists who will be invited to campus. Successful completion of a criminal history background check on the finalist is required. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.