Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs

The State University of New York at Oswego invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Provost is the chief academic officer with broad responsibilities for the planning, development, and administration of the full range of the college’s educational programs and services. Oswego seeks a provost with integrity and compassion; one who possesses a commitment to diversity, affirmative action, and multicultural education; and one who will be centrally engaged in further strengthening one of the Northeast’s finest educational institutions devoted to teaching, scholarship, and service.

Background and Position. Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public, comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, Kiplinger's “Best College Value” for 2015, and Princeton Review’s "Best Northeastern College" every year since its first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communication, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by: SUNY Oswego’s Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is a collegial and vibrant community, providing excellent opportunities with strengths such as: a forward-looking strategic plan; expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities; and extensive and growing state-of-the-art facilities.

The Provost will provide leadership for the academic division – its departments, programs and support services. As Vice President, the Provost also serves as chief administrative officer in the absence of the President.

The ideal candidate will be an exceptional individual, credentialed for a full professorship and possessing the following required qualifications:

  • an earned doctorate and record of scholarly achievement
  • substantial teaching experience
  • demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence
  • substantial experience in academic administration at the dean’s level or comparable responsibilities
  • demonstrated commitment to maintaining standards of excellence in areas such as academic programs, academic administration, and line and resource management
  • demonstrated commitment to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, and diversity; and expertise in working with diverse communities

Additionally, the desired attributes of the candidate we seek include the following:

  • demonstrated commitment to teamwork within senior administration
  • demonstrated commitment to shared governance
  • demonstrated commitment to faculty development
  • demonstrated ability to foster innovation in a dynamic comprehensive institution

Information for Candidates and Nominators. Review of candidates will begin January 10 and the search will continue until the position is filled. However, only complete applications received by February 24, 2017 can be assured full consideration. The anticipated start time is July 2017. SUNY Oswego is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. (ASI), and the search is being led by ASI President and Senior Consultant, Jessica Kozloff, with assistance from Associate Consultant, Lisa Rosenberg.

Applications, nominations, requests for information, and requests for confidential conversations with Jessica Kozloff should be sent to

Applications must include: (1) a complete and current curriculum vitae; (2) a cover letter of interest that indicates how the applicant’s qualifications relate to each of the required qualifications and preferred attributes; (3) a philosophical statement delineating the candidate’s vision of academics at a higher education institution; and (4) the names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references, which may include trustees, senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community leaders. Background checks, including official transcripts, will be required prior to an offer.

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at In addition, the State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time Management Confidential staff visit: or

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please click here to see our full non-discrimination policy.