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University of Idaho
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Posted: 03/3/2017
Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives

University of Idaho

Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives

The University of Idaho seeks a dynamic and collaborative Vice Provost to partner with the Provost and Executive Vice President to inspire a culture of academic excellence and provide leadership for current and emerging academic initiatives.

The Position:

As a key partner to the Provost and Executive Vice President, this newly established position will harness a diversity of thoughts, ideas, strengths, and resources to develop a culture of academic excellence throughout the University and provide leadership for current and emerging academic programs. Working in partnership with the deans, department administrators, faculty, and senior leadership, the Vice Provost is responsible for the overall quality, relevance, and effectiveness of the academic programs; as well as an organizational unit to include the Honors Program, Undergraduate Research, and General Education.

The Qualifications:

Required qualifications include an earned terminal degree and knowledge of strategies to foster and support high quality teaching and learning, academic program assessment and improvement methodologies, means to improve student learning outcomes, and academic and personnel systems. A commitment to continuous improvement; superior interpersonal and communication skills; and the ability to work successfully with faculty, department administrators, deans, and staff are also vital. The ideal candidate’s qualifications will include eligibility for tenure and the rank of Full Professor, a successful record as a faculty member, and the ability to be eligible for academic appointment within in a department, subject to normal internal vetting

The University

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 11,000, 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 attract research grants and contract over $100 million in expenditures each year. Consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges in the United States by The Princeton Review, 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 130 Bachelor's, 88 Master's, and 32 doctoral degree options. Competing in the Big Sky Conference, Vandal athletic teams are reigning conference champions in women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s golf, women’s soccer, and women’s tennis.

The Location

Just minutes away from the forests, rivers, lakes, and mountains of northern Idaho, 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. 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. The area is surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, an area so picturesque it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Moscow is home to more than 21,000 residents and the urban amenities of the Coeur d'Alene-Spokane metropolitan area are all within a 100-mile drive.

The Invitation for Application, Confidential Conversation, or Nomination

The University of Idaho is pleased to partner with the search firm Strategic Search Advantage. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit -

Please submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of application. The letter should summarize your professional qualifications and the accomplishments that reflect the skills, background, and experience to be successful in this key position. Successful applicants will provide specific examples of past work experience as it relates to the position responsibilities and qualities. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, March 17, 2017.

To arrange a day and time for a confidential conversation, simply email the address below.

If a colleague comes to mind you feel might have an interest, I would welcome your nomination. Please forward your nomination to the email address below or contact me by phone.

Thank you for your consideration,

Gary R. Rhoads, Search Consultant

Strategic Search Advantage


The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the regents that equal opportunity be afforded in education and employment to qualified persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. It is also the policy of the University of Idaho to not discriminate based on sexual orientation.