Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

Rochester, New York, United States
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Job description

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), a university defined by innovation and creativity, with programs spanning STEM to the fine arts, seeks an inaugural Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs (APFA). The APFA will be a creative and thoughtful individual who will partner with stakeholders across campus to create programs, policies, and a support structure to aid in the recruitment, retention, development, and promotion of faculty.

Founded in 1829, RIT was an early pioneer in practice-based and cooperative education. Today, RIT is a premier career-oriented doctoral university with strong programs in engineering and technology, computing and information sciences, the fine arts and design, the liberal arts, healthcare and the sciences, and business that prepares students for success in a globally integrated society. Over the past 10 years, RIT has seen advancement in every key institutional metric. Applications have increased 70 percent. Enrollment has grown 20 percent to nearly 19,000 students, with student quality and diversity simultaneously on the rise. Cooperative education, a pillar in the RIT educational philosophy, has thrived, both domestically and internationally, helping fuel the university’s exceptional post-graduation employment rate. Faculty have grown in number, diversity, and scholarly stature as RIT has increased its research productivity while remaining deeply student-focused. These hallmarks of the university will continue with the help of the largest gift in RIT’s history. Announced in December 2017, the $50 million gift includes $30 million to foster creativity and entrepreneurship and $20 million to advance RIT’s cybersecurity and artificial intelligence capabilities through facility expansion and endowments to recruit and retain exceptional faculty and graduate students.

Overseeing the Office of Faculty Affairs and reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the inaugural associate provost will be a champion for the training and advancement of faculty across the university, and where applicable, its global campuses, with the opportunity to broadly influence the direction of faculty and academic affairs, leading and coordinating university-wide practices and policies associated with faculty work. In addition to collaborating in the recruitment and retention of top-tier faculty, the associate provost will be responsible for the creation or revision of new faculty onboarding and orientation as well as mentorship and leadership training for current and future department chairs. The associate provost will also work closely with the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion to promote recruitment and retention of diverse faculty.

The APFA will be a trusted colleague in the provost’s cabinet and will work closely with deans to develop strategies to support faculty while serving them in an advisory role on faculty issues as needed. The associate provost will also work closely with the academic senate, taking an active role in policy formation and representing the provost in various university governance groups pertaining to faculty. The APFA will be a tenured faculty member who possesses a keen understanding of the wide-range of faculty issues and has demonstrated experience in helping faculty achieve professional success.

For further information about RIT, please visit http://www.rit.edu. For more details and updates regarding the search, please visit http://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/associate-provost-faculty-affairs.

How to apply

RIT has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the firm as directed below.

Greg Esposito, Managing Associate
Morgan Sharoff, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller
http://www.imsearch.com/6469
263 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 262-6500

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The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by RIT’s Human Resources.

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