Provost Opens Search for Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

September 18, 2012

John Simon, executive vice president and provost at the University of Virginia, today opened the search for a vice provost for academic affairs to replace J. Milton Adams.

Earlier this month, Adams was named to a newly created senior vice provost position, charged with overseeing U.Va.’s strategic planning efforts.

Simon named an eight-member search committee for the academic affairs position, chaired by Jeff Legro, vice provost for global affairs. The other committee members are Patricia Lampkin, vice president and chief student affairs officer; James Hilton, vice president and chief information officer; David Breneman, University Professor, Professor of Education and Public Policy and senior associate dean of academic affairs at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; Dorothy Fontaine, dean of the School of Nursing; John Miller, Arthur F. and Marian W. Stocker Professor of Classics and chair of the Department of Classics in the College of Arts & Sciences; Roseanne Ford, Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professor and chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science; and Dr. Marcus Martin, vice president and chief officer for diversity and equity.

Simon and the committee issued the following job description:

The Executive Vice President and Provost invites applications/nominations for the position of Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, reporting directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost. The individual serves as the provost's chief advisor and representative in academic matters related to curriculum and the general health and welfare of the academic units. Responsibilities include academic program review, oversight of academic enhancement programs for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, providing support to the Educational Policy Committee of the Board of Visitors, and working closely on academic issues with the vice provost for global affairs and the senior vice provost for strategic planning. The vice provost for academic affairs oversees the Teaching Resource Center, the Jefferson Public Citizens program, and all aspects of accreditation by the Southern Association of College and Schools.

The vice provost will be expected to be an active participant in the provost's senior leadership team. The position is envisioned as a 75 percent appointment, in order to allow the vice provost to remain an active faculty member. The appointment will be for five years, and is renewable upon mutual written agreement following customary performance reviews.

The successful candidate must be a tenured full professor of the faculty at the University of Virginia and have a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and service. The candidate should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, experience dealing with the academic community, demonstrated ability to work with faculty from varied disciplines and backgrounds, and academic administrative experience at the department or school level.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Application review will begin October 18 and continue until the position is filled.

Contact Jeff Legro, Chair of the Search Committee at with any questions.

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