The College of St. Scholastica (CSS), a regional comprehensive institution situated in Duluth, Minnesota, seeks a visionary, inspiring, and transformational leader to serve as its next Vice President for Academic Affairs. The College has experienced growth over the past several years and requires an academic leader who brings a passion for and relentless pursuit of academic excellence that will shape CSS’s academic mission for the future.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) must be a seasoned scholar and administrator with experience in higher education who can build upon CSS’s recent momentum and successful growth while bringing from their past experience a passion for pursuit of academic excellence. As the College’s Chief Academic Officer, they will bring a track record of teaching and scholarship to lead CSS’s highly talented and passionate faculty in ensuring academic affairs is central to the College and serving students.
While the VPAA’s academic focus can be in any discipline within the College’s curriculum, it will be critical that this new leader have an appreciation for and experience with supporting diverse academic programs encompassed in CSS’s schools. A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the liberal arts tradition and the connectivity between programs and the interdisciplinary opportunities within and across the schools will be key to the VPAA’s role in supporting implementation of the Strategic Plan.
Reporting directly to the President and serving as a member of the Cabinet, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will oversee the following areas:
Center for Instructional Design
Center for Teaching and Learning
Duties and Responsibilities
As partner to the President, lead the academic mission, programs, and faculty strategically and in concert with fiscal objectives, while adhering fully to CSS’s mission, vision, and Benedictine values.
Be a beacon for academic and inclusive excellence for the faculty and students, demonstrating a transformative vision that will serve both a traditional and non-traditional, diverse student body.
Advocate for faculty and student success. This includes thinking creatively about and being receptive to ideas for new academic programs, lobbying for resources appropriately, and representing the academic mission and needs of faculty to the President and Cabinet through shared governance.
Promote and assess scholarship and teaching across academic disciplines, including recruiting, retaining, evaluating, developing, and supporting an outstanding, diverse faculty.
Promote reflection and assessment of inclusive practices on our campuses while supporting accountability measures that further promote diversity and inclusion on campus.
Build an evidence-based culture of leadership and decision-making.
An earned terminal degree.
A record of excellence in teaching and scholarship requisite for tenure among the CSS faculty.
Commitment to Catholic Benedictine identity, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin in March, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by March 10, 2020. Additional information and application instructions are available in the Search Profile at http://www.css.edu/vpaa-search
Equal Opportunity Statement
The College of St. Scholastica values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law. AA/EOE
About The College of St. Scholastica - Duluth, MN
The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) is a thriving independent private college with its main campus overlooking Lake Superior in Duluth, extended campuses throughout Minnesota and vibrant online programs that attract learners from around the world. Since 1912, The College of St. Scholastica has been preparing students for responsible living and meaningful work by emphasizing the Catholic Benedictine values upon which it was founded: Community, Hospitality, Respect, Stewardship and Love of Learning. At CSS, equity and inclusion are viewed as key ingredients to academic excellence and student success.
Duluth is a beautiful and vibrant city of 86,000 set on the shore of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake by surface area in the world. For outdoor enthusiasts, Duluth offers four seasons of first-rate opportunities: beaches, bike paths, jogging trails, ski resorts, cross-country skiing trails, boating and fishing sites, and rinks for skating, curling, and hockey. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is an easy drive. Outside magazine has recently named Duluth as the number one “Outside City” in the US. The magazine also named Duluth as a runner-up fo...r the “best adventure hub” in a worldwide survey of destinations for outdoor activities. The College was also pleased to learn that the nonprofit American Institute for Economics ranked Duluth as one of America’s best small metropolitan areas for college students. Similarly, the travel site DreamPlanGo named Duluth in the Top Ten of America’s Most Scenic College Towns. Duluth’s public schools are Minnesota’s most highly ranked, the cost of living is considered reasonable, and the city has more acres of municipal public parks than any other city in the country. The arts scene is booming with galleries, music venues, and a lively theater and dance community.