Associate Provost for Engagement and Outreach
West Virginia University (WVU) seeks an Associate Provost (AP) for Engagement and Outreach to lead and coordinate the institution-wide Land-Grant outreach mission in accordance with the institution’s 2020 Strategic Plan (http://strategicplan.wvu.edu/ ). The AP will report directly to the Provost and be a member of the Provost’s Leadership Team. The AP will demonstrate strong commitment to the well-being of the people of West Virginia and the region and will develop working alliances with WVU academic, administrative and community leaders to support the following university priorities:
- economic development
- community engagement
- agriculture, natural resources, and sustainability
- youth engagement
- health and safety
- cross-cultural activity
- lifelong learning and professional development
- continuing education
and to establish a record of WVU engagement success. Related to the areas mentioned above, the AP will work closely with institutional leaders for health sciences, diversity, sustainability, global engagement, and wellness in promoting regional awareness and activity and will seek external resources to expand the university’s engagement both within the state and nationally. The Cooperative Extension Service (CES) at WVU, well-established with offices in all 55 counties and vibrant 4-H programming, is led by a Dean/Director, who will report to the AP. The AP will develop a roadmap for institutional engagement and will work with the CES Dean/Director to promote the CES as a gateway for information and opportunity between WVU and the state, as well as state and federal agencies, and to strengthen ties between extension agents and faculty on all WVU campuses. The AP will be responsible for maintaining WVU’s Carnegie Community Engagement Classification and will pursue additional national opportunities and rankings for engagement.
Applicants should have a doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, JD, etc.) earned from an accredited institution, with a demonstrated record of appropriate senior level academic or professional leadership and a deep understanding of multidisciplinary cooperation and community engagement in a public research university setting. West Virginia University is a comprehensive doctoral institution with an academic health sciences center, a combined student population of 33,000 with the main campus in Morgantown and two integrated divisions (Potomac State College and the West Virginia University Institute of Technology), 55 extension offices, seven farms, and an allied healthcare system with a statewide presence. West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. WVU is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes nominations and applications from all qualified individuals.
In addition, the ideal candidate will have:
- seven years of progressively responsible experience working with programs and/or units engaged in community engagement and outreach,
- a proven record of administrative and financial leadership and organizational skills at the middle and/or senior management level,
- demonstrated record of academic or professional leadership with progressive increase in responsibilities,
- demonstrated understanding of multidisciplinary cooperation and community engagement in a public research university setting
- demonstrated success securing external funding,
- willingness to travel statewide and to interact with rural communities and/or their representatives.
Interested individuals should submit an application consisting of a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references (including e-mail address). Review of applications will begin May 1, 2013 and continue until an appointment has been made. Applications should be sent electronically to the Office of the Provost at email@example.com. WVU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.