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Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Institution: Fairfield University
Location: Fairfield, Connecticut
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Posted: 10/20/2013
Application Due: Open until filled
Type: Fulltime

Fairfield University, a comprehensive university located one hour north of New York City, invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost/SVPAA). A member of the senior cabinet reporting to the President, the Provost/SVPAA is the chief academic officer and responsible for the overall academic leadership of the University.

Founded in 1942 as a Jesuit and Catholic institution, Fairfield's vision is to produce graduates whose lives reflect personal integration, competence in multicultural understanding, and a commitment to professional responsibility. In keeping with its Jesuit mission, Fairfield is an inclusive environment welcoming students and faculty of all beliefs and backgrounds. On 200 beautiful acres overlooking Long Island Sound, Fairfield's residential campus offers an ideal setting for living and learning in an environment committed to intellectual rigor and community engagement.

A highly competitive university, Fairfield is consistently recognized among the best comprehensive institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News and World Report and other guides and is a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Fellows among master's-granting universities. Fairfield offers academic programs in five schools: the College of Arts and Sciences; the Charles F. Dolan School of Business; the School of Engineering; the School of Nursing; and the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions. Fairfield offers majors in all the traditional fields and a wide array of interdisciplinary minors. Graduate programs are offered in education and allied professions, nursing, engineering, communication, creative writing, mathematics, American studies and in business, including the MBA and Masters of Science in Finance and Accounting. A Master of Public Administration program will begin in the coming year.

Fairfield engages its students in a community of scholars - preparing them for leadership; encouraging them to participate in service projects; and developing within them strong social concerns for the common good. The University enrolls approximately 5,000 students and employs approximately 240 full-time faculty, with an undergraduate student-faculty ratio of 12:1. Fairfield's students come from all regions of the United States and from 45 countries around the world.

The Academic Division houses a variety of educational components in addition to the five colleges and schools. Within the Academic Division are the Center for Faith and Public Life, the Center for Catholic Studies, the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, the Center for Academic Excellence, the University Honors Program, University Registrar, the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Office of International Programs, the Media Center, Office of Government Grants, the Bellarmine Museum of Art, the Program in Applied Ethics and all academic advising and support functions.

The successful candidate will lead the University with a broad vision that promotes excellence and inspires achievement among faculty, students and staff. Guided by Fairfield's mission and strategic plan, s/he will: work with faculty in a culture of shared governance to take innovative approaches to curriculum development, innovative pedagogy and research, including collaborative research with students and with community partners; be an effective spokesperson and advocate for the academic mission of the university; create new opportunities for partnerships across disciplinary and divisional boundaries; have a commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity; and partner with Advancement in garnering new resources for the University. The new Provost/SVPAA will be an exemplary scholar and qualify for appointment at the rank of full professor in one of the departments of the University.

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Fairfield has retained the services of Sage Search Partners. Please direct all inquiries and nominations in confidence to Patricia Herzog, Ph.D., pherzog@sagesearch.com; (617) 232-3113 (phone); (617) 232-6655 (fax). Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. For more information, please visit the University's website: www.fairfield.edu.

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