Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

The newly appointed President of Montclair State University, Dr. Jonathan Koppell, seeks to fill the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The Provost reports directly to the President and serves as the University’s chief academic officer. 

Montclair State University is an R2 research institution ranked in the top tier of national universities. Building on a distinguished history dating back to 1908, the University today has 10 colleges and schools that serve 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 252-acre suburban campus just 12 miles from New York City, Montclair State welcomes a very diverse population of students and delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive and sophisticated academic environment.

Over the past decade, Montclair State has established itself as one of the most dynamic universities in the region with enrollment more than doubling, degree offerings expanding and recognition as a research university coming at state and national levels. In recent years, the University has created a number of important research centers and institutes, as well as four new schools and colleges, while deepening its commitment to inclusion, student success and service to the community.  Montclair State University is poised to build on this period of growth with elevated aspirations for its future. The University has built considerable momentum in recent decades, and the new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will be expected to build on that momentum, achieving wide recognition for Montclair State University as a distinguished member of the nation’s public research universities differentiated by its commitment to student success and public service.


The Provost has the primary responsibility for overseeing the academic programs of the University, providing both intellectual and administrative leadership to the Division of Academic Affairs, which encompasses: the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Science and Mathematics; the College of Education and Human Services; the College of the Arts, including the School of Communication and Media and the John J. Cali School of Music; the Feliciano School of Business; the School of Nursing; University College; the Graduate School; and the University Library. The Provost oversees all areas of policy and programming related to undergraduate and graduate education, academic personnel, academic facilities, and academic support services for students, including student recruitment and retention. The Provost works with the Deans of the colleges and schools and with staff in the Provost’s Office to manage the effectiveness of existing academic operations and to identify and realize new academic opportunities for the University. The Provost oversees an annual operating budget of approximately $200 million.


A candidate should possess an earned doctorate and a record of distinguished academic achievement appropriate for appointment at the rank of full professor in an academic department of the University. 

In addition, the individual should possess:

  • a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, scholarship and the application of knowledge;
  • a record of successful administration at or above the level of dean in a doctoral-granting, research university;
  • demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in student programming, faculty and staff hiring and promotion, and management;
  • a broad understanding of current issues in higher education;
  • strong leadership qualities;
  • the ability to manage significant and ongoing institutional change and growth;
  • the ability to foster a collegial and collaborative academic environment;
  • a demonstrated record in the acquisition of external resources;
  • familiarity with a collective bargaining environment; and
  • excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively within and beyond the University community.


Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing how their background, skills and education match the needs of the University. When applying, please take a moment to carefully read and follow the steps in the application instructions.