Provost and Senior Vice President



Position Description

The University of Oregon seeks to appoint the next provost of the university who will make a transformational mark on a growing, nimble campus within a community hungry for innovation and collaboration. The Office of the Provost (OTP) upholds, provides leadership on, and carries out the academic mission of the University. In service to this mission, the office: promotes and sustains the highest standards in teaching, research, and service; advances work to enhance our students’ experience and ensure their success fosters and advocates for faculty; promotes a respectful work environment, equity and inclusion, and a family-friendly workplace; supports and coordinates matters that pertain to faculty and academics, including hiring, retention, promotion, and tenure processes; and advances university outreach to the community and internationalization.

The Position

The Provost and Senior Vice President (Provost) is the chief academic and operating officer of the University of Oregon. The Provost works with the president and the president’s executive leadership team to execute on university priorities and provides leadership for setting priorities and developing policies affecting all academic and service components of the university. The Provost oversees allocation of funds to all academic units and programs and approves faculty appointments, promotions, and tenure decisions. The Provost reports directly to the president and serves as the university's chief executive officer in the absence of the president. The Provost supervises the upper academic executive-level positions within the university including deans and vice provosts.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the University of Oregon faculty, students, and staff to foster and advance academic excellence and student success on campus.
  • Manage the academic budget model which distributes funding to all the schools and colleges as well as oversee and allocate OTP resources to advance the university’s strategic objectives.
  • Design and oversee the implementation of goals and strategies that support university priorities to support teaching effectiveness and advance scholarly and creative pursuits among faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-docs.
  • Direct efforts to recruit and retain distinguished, diverse professors and researchers as part of priorities to expand the prominence and global reach of the faculty at the university.
  • Expand and create new opportunities while nurturing ongoing efforts to advance inclusion, equity, and diversity among all university constituencies.
  • Develop and implement strategies to enrich student success, including improving time to degree, and enhancing students’ classroom, research, and experiential learning experiences and career preparation at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Promote interdisciplinary and cross-college activities, across both the university’s Eugene and Portland campuses, that build on areas of existing strength.
  • Collaborate closely with the president, other vice presidents and deans to execute on university priorities and goals as established by institutional strategic planning processes. Engage with University Senate and labor group leadership as appropriate.
  • Partner with and support the deans in developing unit-specific priorities and plans and facilitate their successful execution.
  • Encourage and lead administrators and faculty to launch and grow innovative academic programs, both traditional and online, with the potential to increase student enrollment.
  • Provide state-level leadership on the Council of Provosts and in interactions with legislators.
  • Appoint, manage, support, and review direct reports, including deans, chief of staff, and vice provosts.
  • Provide proper direction to the Provost’s leadership team to advance OTP priorities and execute strategies.

Professional Competencies

  • Demonstrated successful leadership and sound judgment in setting priorities and developing policies in academic, fiscal and personnel areas; evidence of collaborative and mobilizing abilities important in providing guidance and facilitating change in challenging times.
  • Strong planning, organizational, interpersonal and advocacy skills, including excellent ability to articulate university values and issues to internal and external groups.
  • Demonstrated understanding and appreciation of the roles of faculty governance and academic freedom in a comprehensive research university.
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in advancing the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action, and abilities to work with a diverse university community.
  • A commitment to enhancing the quality-of-life factors that make the University of Oregon experience distinct for faculty, students, staff, and alumni.


The Search Committee encourages those who have demonstrated a track record on the issues outlined above to apply to be the next Provost at the University of Oregon.

Required Qualifications include:

  • A terminal degree and scholarly accomplishments and strong teaching credentials that both qualify for the tenured full professor rank in a department, school, or college, and serve as examples to the academic community.
  • Demonstrated success, expertise and commitment to promoting equity and inclusion.

Other preferred qualifications include:

  • A commitment to effective, inclusive, and collaborative leadership.
  • The capacity to formulate and articulate a shared vision, to persuade a wide range of audiences of its value, and to engage others in its implementation.
  • An appreciation of the value of all disciplines at a higher education institute and an ability to ascertain and recognize excellence in each.
  • Demonstrated success in advancing inclusion and equity in the university community, and promotion of cultural humility among all members of the university.
  • An ability to recruit outstanding new faculty as well as retain and promote the university’s strongest faculty.
  • A commitment to student success.
  • A commitment to advancing the internationalization of the university.
  • A deep understanding and appreciation of shared governance between faculty and administration.
  • Capacity to motivate and inspire others to strive continuously for excellence.
  • Strong interdisciplinary ethic.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and understanding of research-to-innovation pathways.
  • An ability to set priorities, plan to achieve them, and communicate effectively with multiple constituencies to implement said plans.
  • Evidence of operational leadership characterized by excellence, growth, and financial effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing a complex organization including people, resources, and an operating budget.
  • Familiarity with the promotion and tenure process for different types of university faculty members.

Land Acknowledgement

The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. Following treaties between 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya people were dispossessed of their indigenous homeland by the United States government and forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon. Today, descendants are citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, and continue to make important contributions in their communities, at UO, and across the land we now refer to as Oregon.

We express our respect for all federally recognized Tribal Nations of Oregon. This includes the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and the Klamath Tribes. We also express our respect for all other displaced Indigenous peoples who call Oregon home. We seek to lead in curricular, pedagogical, research, and public scholarship innovations and interventions that redress inequitable, oppressive, and violent histories and provide generative futures for all students, families, faculty, staff, and communities.

Search Team and Contact Information

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, full curriculum vitae or resume, and the names and contact information of five or more references) or expressions of interest to be forwarded to the search firm assisting The University of Oregon (electronic submissions preferred). Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All nominations and applications should be submitted to the search firm prior to January 29, 2024.

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Parker Executive Search
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