Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of West Florida

The University of West Florida seeks a bold leader to serve as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (#100270). The division includes UWF’s five academic colleges, the Center for Cybersecurity, and a wide range of other programs on the main UWF campus in Pensacola, on the UWF Emerald Coast Campus, and via UWF’s Global Online Campus.

The Provost serves as the university’s chief academic officer. Primary responsibilities include establishing the strategic vision for UWF’s academic programs, implementing the university’s strategic planning objectives, fostering a culture of innovative teaching and research, managing budgets, maintaining university accreditation, promoting collaboration across units, and ensuring efficient and equitable administration of the division. The Provost is responsible for carrying out the regulations of the Florida Board of Governors, the UWF Board of Trustees, and the policies of the University, as well as specific directives of the President.

UWF has earned distinction among public universities in Florida for its high rankings in the Board of Governors Performance-Based Funding Metrics. The Provost will develop and implement strategies to maintain the university’s high level of overall achievement while addressing the workforce and research needs of the region and the state.  We invite applicants with extensive experience in promoting student success, particularly in the areas of retention and progress-to-degree, and fostering a common sense of purpose across large institutions to achieve collective goals. The position also requires proven expertise in enrollment management.

As the university’s chief academic officer, the Provost will champion quality academic programs, shared governance, high standards for teaching, research and creative activity, institutional equity and inclusiveness, and the adoption of new technologies and modalities of instruction. Central to these efforts will be managing a team of motivated deans, administrators, faculty, and professional staff focused on institutional effectiveness and overall student success.

UWF is a regional comprehensive university serving nearly 14,000 students located in Pensacola on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Opened in 1967, the university proudly attracts students from the surrounding region, state, nation, and more than 90 countries worldwide. UWF is known for its commitment to student success, individualized attention to students’ needs, and a strong focus on high-impact learning, including undergraduate research.  The university offers more than 70 undergraduate programs across 5 colleges, 35 master’s degrees, a Specialist in Education degree, and doctoral degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional and Performance Technology, and Intelligent Systems and Robotics. The university also boasts an NCAA Division II National Championship football team and other nationally recognized athletic teams. In July of 2022, the UWF Board of Trustees approved a new Strategic Plan that will guide the university through 2027. UWF is currently accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Pensacola is one of Florida’s fastest-growing metro areas known for its relaxed quality of life, inclusive community, sugary white beaches, emerald green coastline, award-winning restaurants, and a vibrant downtown that attracts visitors from all over the world. Residents enjoy a vibrant arts and culture scene thanks to many arts organizations including the Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola Opera, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Little Theatre, Ballet Pensacola, Pensacola Children’s Chorus, and much more. Our local Minor League Baseball team, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, and our Southern Professional Hockey League championship team, the Pensacola Ice Flyers, offer year-round opportunities for sports enthusiasts. Pensacola is known for its role in pioneering naval aviation and is home to the National Naval Aviation Museum, a world-class facility located at Naval Air Station Pensacola, and the world-renowned U. S. Navy Blue Angels. History buffs make Pensacola a destination city in order to explore our Historic Downtown, Fort Pickens, and numerous archaeological sites, including the Luna Settlement, the oldest European settlement in the country, discovered by UWF faculty and students.


  1. Earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Tenure and promotion in rank in the field of the earned doctorate or terminal degree.
  3. Record of outstanding teaching, research, and university service commensurate with the rank of Professor.
  4. Record of extensive experience in higher education administration including faculty supervision, budget management, assessment, and strategic planning.
  5. Commitment to shared governance, civic responsibility, inclusiveness, equity, and academic freedom.
  6. Familiarity with the needs, challenges, and opportunities particular to regional comprehensive universities.
  7. Success in achieving performance-based educational outcomes in areas such as student retention, access, graduation rate, cost of attendance, and post-graduation student employment.

Candidates must apply online through the University of West Florida website: Applicants are required to submit the documents listed below. An opportunity to upload these documents will be provided during the application process.

  • A curriculum vita.
  • Letter of application detailing overall preparedness for academic leadership at the level of Provost. 
  • Statement of no more than 600 words detailing specific professional experience and accomplishments related to enhancing student success and effectively managing enrollments. 
  • Statement of no more than 600 words detailing the applicant’s academic vision and values.
  • Names and contact information for four references who would be willing to write letters of recommendation upon request of the search committee.  

For assistance, please contact Human Resources at 850.474.2694 or email

Preferred Response Date: Friday, September 23, 2022

The University of West Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Disabled/Veteran employer. Any individual requiring special accommodation to apply is requested to advise UWF by contacting UWF Human Resources at 850.474.2694 (voice) or 850.857.6158 (TTY).  A criminal background check is required for successful candidates. E-Verify is required for employment. All applications for employment at the University are subject to the Florida Public Records Law.