Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness

Western Michigan University

Posted on: 2018-11-15 20:12:09

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Western Michigan University seeks an experienced and accomplished leader to serve as Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness. The associate provost leads and oversees academic and institutional data systems and reporting, provides guidance and support to assessment of student learning outcomes, supports the University’s and academic affairs strategic planning process, and provides leadership and oversight to the University’s accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. Because of the widely distributed nature of these responsibilities, the associate provost creates and maintains strategic partnerships with faculty, students, staff, deans, associate provosts and vice presidents and their divisions. The Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness will also provide advice and counsel to those seeking to develop or improve systems for evidence-based decision-making. The associate provost reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Major units and initiatives that report to the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness include the Office of Institutional Research and Data Management, University Strategic Plan implementation and assessment, Collaborative Risk/Opportunity Management (CRŌM), program review (academic, learner-centered, administrative) and institutional and specialized program accreditations.

Western Michigan University is a nationally recognized research university classified as high research by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. WMU offers nearly 270 academic programs to students pursuing degrees through the doctoral level. About 21 percent of its nearly 23,000 students are enrolled in graduate course work. The University’s vision is founded on three pillars and aspires to distinguish itself as learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged.

The successful candidate must possess an earned doctorate from an accredited institution of higher education. At least 5 years of experience in or working with higher education is required. Experience in institutional research, assessment, accreditation and strategic planning; evidence-based decision-making; supervision and budget management is required. A proven ability to build and maintain relationships with a diverse set of constituents, as well as a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with others in addition to a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion is required. Excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to manage time and projects efficiently and effectively are all required. Preferred qualifications include progressively responsible leadership in higher education administration, experience at a large public research university, experience as a peer-reviewer for HLC accreditation association and a record of completed research projects that demonstrate knowledge of institutional effectiveness methods and outcomes. For a more detailed description of the opportunity, please visit:

Applications and Nominations:

Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidate screening will begin immediately. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by December 3, 2018. An application will include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position and a curriculum vitae. In addition, names, titles, addresses (including email), and business telephone numbers of five references who can provide substantive knowledge of leadership and attest to professional academic and research qualifications must be included. All applications must be submitted through our website: Posting #0604775.

Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, telephone number and email address of the nominee to Christopher Cheatham, Associate Provost and chair of the search committee by sending an email to

For more information about the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, view our website at For more information on WMU and the Kalamazoo Community see and

WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.