The University has retained Park Square Executive Search to assist in the search for the next Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for UM-Dearborn. Nominations, inquiries, and applications may be sent in confidence to:
Jonathan Fortescue, Managing Partner or Laurel Duggan, Senior Associate, 617-401-2824, UMDearborn@parksquare.com
The University of Michigan-Dearborn invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. We seek a colleague with a commitment to shared governance, an expansive view of the academy, and insights into all aspects of university operations. This includes a history of robust and productive administrative, enrollment management, student life, research/scholarship and teaching endeavors, with a strong focus on student experience and outcomes. As the chief academic officer, working with the faculty and senior leadership, the provost will articulate the intellectual construct of the institution, shape and support the goals and strategies of deans, faculty and staff, and facilitate research and innovative education through strategic enhancement and deployment of resources.
The University of Michigan (U-M) was originally founded in Detroit in 1817 and moved to Ann Arbor in 1837. In the middle of the 20th century, the University added two regional campuses: the University of Michigan-Flint and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. All three campuses are governed by the University of Michigan Board of Regents and are overseen by the University President. Chancellors of the regional campuses serve as both chief executive officers of their respective campuses and executive officers of the University as a whole and report directly to the President. The three U-M campuses work together in a synergistic, mutually beneficial fashion.
University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn) was founded in 1959 through a gift of land from the Ford Motor Company and a grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund. UM-Dearborn is located on 200 beautiful acres of the original estate of Henry and Clara Ford, bordering the Rouge River. Though only ten miles from downtown Detroit, the campus neighborhood includes some 70 acres of nature preserve. The city of Dearborn, known for its historical role in the automotive industry, has recently seen significant re- investment from local industries and is today noted for its cultural and ethnic diversity.
As part of the University of Michigan, the Dearborn campus enjoys the resources of a large research university while maintaining the advantages of a moderately-sized institution. Dearborn enrolls more than 9,400 students (approximately 7,200 undergraduates) and offers 600 beds of student housing available through a private-public partnership.
UM-Dearborn welcomes a substantial and growing non-traditional student population, with nearly 40 percent identifying as first-generation college attendees. On average, matriculating students are considered among the best prepared in the Midwest, ranking in the top 15 percent of their high school graduating classes; the most recent incoming class had an average GPA of 3.63 and an average SAT just under 1200. While the majority of Dearborn students live or work in the general region of Southeast Michigan, and some 96 percent are from the state at large, approximately 600 international students are also enrolled on campus. The University is home to well over 100 student organizations, across a broad spectrum of activities. Students generally regard their experience as positive; the Dearborn campus scores at least 5 percent higher than the national average in student satisfaction according to the latest Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey.
UM-Dearborn has a 2019-2020 operating budget of $179 million and comprises four major academic units: College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters; College of Engineering and Computer Science; College of Business; and College of Education, Health and Human Services. Approximately 545 faculty members (tenured, tenure-track, and lecturers) and 490 staff members support the work of the University. UM- Dearborn faculty consistently win honors, awards, and financial support for teaching and research excellence.
UM-Dearborn offers 74 Bachelor’s and 43 Master’s degree programs in engineering, education, health, business, social sciences, and the liberal arts. The University was recently ranked fifth among master’s level public universities in the Midwest and offers Ph.D. programs in engineering and an Ed.D. in education. All Ph.D. programs at UM-Dearborn are now affiliated with U-M’s Rackham Graduate School. A D.Eng. degree was also recently approved by the Board of Regents. The average class size is 26; 71 percent of classes have fewer than 30 students and the student to teacher ratio is 17:1. The University also offers continuing education programs to a diverse and talented student body, primarily from Southeast Michigan.
The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Accreditation has also been awarded to individual UM-Dearborn programs by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, among others. UM-Dearborn is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and in 2015, received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.
University of Michigan-Dearborn takes pride in being an inclusive, student-focused institution and campus offering a transformative education reflective of University of Michigan stature. It is deeply committed to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, as well as to ensuring access and affordability.
In 2018, the University recruited its current Chancellor, Domenico Grasso, an accomplished scholar, educator, and administrator and the former Provost at the University of Delaware. Since his arrival, Chancellor Grasso has initiated a comprehensive and inclusive strategic planning process whose goals are outlined in a recently released white paper: Confronting the Challenges of a New Era—A Call to Action. The white paper calls for all constituencies of the University to serve UM-Dearborn’s students and to shape the future of society while embracing core values that:
Promote the success of our students—on campus and throughout their personal and professional lives—by developing careers, character and global perspectives
Provide excellent, accessible and affordable educational programs
Support the professional growth and success of our faculty as scholars and teachers, and our staff in their professions
Create and sustain a culture of respect, inclusion and diversity
Encourage scholarship and generate and share knowledge that is consequential
The strategic planning process is expected to identify opportunities that are inspirational, aspirational, attainable, measurable, and sustainable. These opportunities will leverage UM-Dearborn’s strength, scope, potential and reputation as a member of the University of Michigan family, a world leader in education, research and service. Only recently started, the process is expected to result in:
A reconsidered innovative 21st-century curriculum, pedagogy and delivery system
Efficient, efficacious and creative organizational structures that are not constrained by traditional boundaries
Additional contemporary, well-informed and well-conceived programmatic offerings
Expanded engagement as a metropolitan/anchor university set within an exciting, dynamic and rapidly changing region
A more diverse, well-qualified student body
Sustaining UM-Dearborn’s proven ability to build a culture of design thinking, creativity and innovation throughout our community
The Provost reports to the Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Provost is the chief academic officer of the University and has a broad portfolio of responsibilities. Reporting directly to the Provost are the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management; the Dean of Students; the Associate Provost for Graduate, Global, and Digital Education; the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success; the Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters; the Dean of the College of Business; the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science; the Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services; the Chief of Staff; the Executive Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness; and the Executive Assistant to the Provost.
As UM-Dearborn’s chief academic officer, the Provost is expected to ensure that the strategic priorities of the deans and faculty are aligned with the strategic objectives of the campus. The Provost will also articulate and advance the intellectual aspirations of the faculty and students, to facilitate the University’s research and teaching endeavors by strategic enhancement and deployment of resources, and to develop new opportunities to raise the level of excellence in the University’s schools, departments, institutes and centers.
Candidates for the position must possess a distinguished record as an administrator, a scholar and educator, excellent communication and collaboration skills, and personal qualities of vision, honesty and transparency, integrity, patience, dedication, strong work ethic, empathy, and a can-do attitude.
The successful candidate will be:
An academic leader who can identify opportunities and marshal the resources necessary to strengthen UM-Dearborn’s educational and research activities.
A strategic thinker with a growth mindset who, working as a partner with the Chancellor, will enable the University to identify its priorities, expand scholarship, support enrollment growth, and enhance student outcomes in a highly competitive environment.
A committed educator who seeks to assess and improve educational quality and effectiveness and judiciously bring to bear the educational potential of new pedagogies and technologies.
A champion of inclusive excellence which makes the diversity of our faculty, students and staff a core ingredient of our success.
A consensus builder who will inspire confidence, build trust and collaboration with the deans and faculty, and contribute to a vibrant environment in which students, faculty and staff are motivated to excel.
A decisive, versatile personality who will catalyze and sustain an inclusive campus-wide dialogue with the faculty and students while also prioritizing the multiple demands and aspirations of the UM-Dearborn community.
An effective administrator to continue UM-Dearborn’s mission to recognize, recruit, develop, reward and retain top talent, to uplift the standing of its academic units, and to address the complexities and the evolving role of the university in the 21st century.
A financial manager who will work with the chancellor and other senior officers to strategically develop and align University resources to maximize the effectiveness of UM-Dearborn’s human capital and increase the efficiency of its operations.
A compelling communicator and inclusive emissary for UM-Dearborn who will enthusiastically represent the University on the local, state, national and international stages.
A broad and holistic thinker whose ethos and mindset reflects the values of the institution.
Intellectual breadth: Candidates must value and appreciate all of UM-Dearborn’s academic and research domains. Their professional experience must exhibit intellectual rigor, curiosity, and creativity in developing new programs and initiatives that complement and leverage institutional and academic assets as well as increase consequential contributions to important research and education.
Engagement and Inclusive Excellence: Candidates must believe in a culture of diversity, accessibility, and inclusive excellence. They must have a record of engaging faculty, deans, administrators, and students on an academic and personal level as well as facilitating a substantive dialogue about strategic priorities and policies, budgets and faculty development, and opportunities for synergy and optimization across the schools and campus community. They must have demonstrated a commitment to the diversity of the academic community and support its role in achieving institutional success.
Ability to lead and execute: Candidates must demonstrate the ability to be decisive, flexible and effective in pursuing UM-Dearborn’s goals. They must be able to, with appropriate input, develop a shared context for major decisions, gain buy-in for decisions and communicate those decisions transparently. They must have demonstrated ability to build new endeavors within the academic enterprise, as well as to transition older endeavors in new directions. They must be able to create a culture of accountability where everyone is aware of their commitments, progress is tracked and the consequences of decisions are assessed and managed with empathy and efficiency. They must display a commitment to follow through, responsiveness, and processes and systems that create efficiency in institutional performance and decision-making.
Partnership and teamwork: Candidates must have a broad institutional perspective and demonstrate the ability to be inclusive, transparent, collaborative, and flexible. They must work as a valued and respected partner with UM-Dearborn’s Chancellor, senior leadership and community, generate and develop ideas that guide the strategic direction of the University, and make consequential contributions to major decisions that directly impact fulfillment of the University’s agenda. They must demonstrate the ability to build institutional partnerships and relationships that redound to UM-Dearborn’s academic enterprise and reputation.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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About University of Michigan - Dearborn
The University of Michigan-Dearborn is an interactive, student-centered institution committed to excellence in teaching and learning.We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to a diverse, highly motivated, and talented student body. Our programs are responsive to the changing needs of society; relevant to the goals of our students and community partners; rich in opportunities for independent and collaborative study, research, and practical application; and reflective of the traditions of excellence, innovation, and leadership that distinguish the University of Michigan.