The University of Southern Indiana (USI) invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost. USI is a modern, forward-looking institution with a distinct energy, momentum, and clarity of purpose that make the position of Provost at USI a unique opportunity. Working with faculty and staff noted for dedication, collegiality, and receptiveness to change, the new provost will have the opportunity to build upon a record of innovation and lead USI to even higher levels of excellence in teaching, student learning and success, scholarly achievements, community service, and national recognition.


Set on a beautiful 1,400-acre campus, USI is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged University located in Evansville, Indiana, supported by the local business community and a vibrant arts and entertainment culture. USI enrolls over 9,100 undergraduate, graduate, and dual credit students in more than 130 areas of study with an average grade point average of 3.5 for entering freshman. A public higher education institution, USI boasts competitive and renowned programs through the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the Romain College of Business, the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education, the College of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies. The University is home to rapidly growing graduate programs with online offerings and provides study-abroad opportunities in more than 60 countries, as well as hosting international students from around the globe. USI offers continuing education and special programs to more than 15,000 participants annually. The University’s Outreach and Engagement programs include its Center for Applied Research, College Achievement Program, Community Engagement (including Historic New Harmony, Historic Southern Indiana, and the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art), Corporate Partnerships and Customized Training, training at Westgate Academy serving the Crane Naval Base members, Lifelong Learning Noncredit Courses and Certifications, Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), Safety Training, Service Learning, Southern Indiana Japanese School, USI @ Innovation Pointe, and the Veteran, Military, and Family Resource Center. In cooperation with the University of Evansville and Indiana University School of Medicine, USI is a partner in the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences which is located in downtown Evansville. USI serves as an authorizer for two charter schools, Indiana Agriculture and Technology School and Springville Community Academy. Indiana Agriculture and Technology School is a tuition-free charter school currently the educational home to 253 students in grades 7-12. Springville Community Academy located in Springville Indiana opened in 2022 and is home to over 165 K-8 students. 


USI started the transition to Division I athletics in fall 2022 as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. The USI Men’s Soccer and Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving are members of the Summit League while Men’s Tennis is a member of an OVC/Horizon League partnership. The University currently sponsors 19 varsity intercollegiate sports. Student athletes have consistently maintained an overall grade point average of 3.28 and consistently boast nearly 200 Academic All-Conference awards annually. USI has been nationally ranked by USA Today and the NCAA for student athlete graduation rate and is proud to offer scholarship opportunities in each varsity sport. Prior to the transition to Division I, USI Screaming Eagles Athletics was a competitive member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference and boasts numerous regional and national championships during that time.


The Provost is the chief academic officer of the University and reports to the University President. In addition to the academic areas of the University, the Provost has responsibility and oversight for the departments of Outreach and Engagement, Career Services and Internships, David L. Rice Library, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Center for International Programs, Intensive English Program, Institutional Analytics Office, Sponsored Projects and Research, Registrar’s Office, Disability Resources, and Honors Program, and Online Learning.


The next Provost must be a strategic thinker who can plan and execute a future vision for USI while building upon its existing strategic plan. The Provost must be a transparent and collaborative leader, an articulate and inspiring communicator, and an experienced, responsible financial manager. A Ph.D. or other terminal degree that would qualify the candidate for an appointment as a full professor with tenure in one of the University’s academic departments is required. A successful history of administrative experience (five years preferred) in senior academic leadership roles at an accredited institution of higher education also is required. Candidates should have a strong record of intellectual, scholarly, and administrative accomplishments; a broad understanding of liberal arts education and professional programs; and a keen appreciation for the values and traditions of the University of Southern Indiana.


The review of credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For highest consideration, please submit materials by April 16, 2023. Application materials should be submitted via the USI Human Resources website at: Applications must include: letter of interest, current curriculum vitae and at least five references with full contact information, including email addresses. (References will not be contacted without consent from the applicant.)


Nominations, questions, and accommodation requests should be directed to Sarah Will: All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.


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