Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Provost provides leadership to achieve excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and service. The office of the provost also guides policy development and resource allocation to support the university’s diverse colleges, campuses, and student populations, ensuring their collaborative and distinctive contributions. 

Founded in 1964, FAU is an ethnically diverse and dynamic public research university located in southeast Florida; the gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America. FAU serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students on six campuses and sites along more than 100 miles of Florida’s east coast. The university is currently undergoing considerable change as it implements its Strategic Plan for the Race to Excellence, 2015-2025. An exciting, dynamic, emerging research university, FAU is among the fastest growing universities in the United States. With one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies, FAU was recently federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution and is consistently recognized nationally as Military Friendly and Best for Vets. Additionally, FAU is committed to mutually beneficial partnerships and is in pursuit of the Carnegie classification for Community Engagement. The university is actively expanding its unique honors education opportunities and its novel, nationally recognized undergraduate research program. Similarly, the institution has added accelerated pathways to graduate studies, as well as direct admission to the university’s medical school pipelines for outstanding high school students. Federal research expenditures have nearly tripled over the past three years, from $21 million to $57 million. Florida Atlantic University aspires to pursue, with unbridled ambition, its intention of becoming the country’s fastest-improving public research university. More information about the university can be found at

The provost is responsible for the leadership and oversight of the university’s Division of Academic Affairs. The Division comprises FAU’s ten colleges and multiple research institutes whose approximately 1,000 faculty deliver more than 170 degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, including the M.D. at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. A particular focus will be guiding the next development phase of the honors STEM / life sciences campus in Jupiter, which is co-located with world-renowned research partners Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and The Scripps Research Institute/Scripps Florida. The University recently developed the world’s first Max Planck Honors Program with the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. Related areas, such as the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the University Registrar, the University Libraries, the Office of Information Technology and the Lifelong Learning Society, also come under the division’s umbrella. Required qualifications include: 

  • Earned doctorate with credentials that merit appointment as full professor in an academic department at FAU
  • Distinguished academic record in research, scholarship and teaching
  • Proven record of broad, progressive and substantive administrative leadership at the level of Dean, Associate Provost or Provost for at least five years
  • Experience and/or deep understanding of a diverse and engaged public university with multiple campuses
  • Creative and novel approaches to program development, partnerships and revenue streams in support of academic mission and university initiatives
  • Experience in, and commitment to, a shared governance environment
  • A record of successful leadership of initiatives that support recruitment and retention of a diverse community of highly talented faculty and students

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Applications consisting of a curriculum vitae and cover letter should be submitted electronically by April 6, 2018, to Inquiries may be addressed to the Witt/Kieffer consultants supporting this search, Lucy Leske and Katy Young at 630-575-6122.

Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans status or other protected status. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057.

FAU is committed to the principles of engaged teaching, research and service. All persons aspiring to achieve excellence in the practice of these principles are encouraged to apply.