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Provost & Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

Job no: 500476
Work type: Full-time
Location: Oshkosh, Fox Cities, and Fond du Lac Campuses
Categories: Administration, Faculty
Department:Chancellor's Office

Official Title: Vice Chancellor
Business Title: Provost & Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
Employment Class: Limited Appointment
FTE: 1.0
Compensation: Competitive
FLSA Status: Exempt
Terms of Employment: Limited Appointment
Position Summary:

The Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs fulfills two distinct roles at the University. At the institutional level, the individual serves as Provost with responsibilities and authorities designated by the Chancellor. At the divisional level, the individual serves as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. When requested by the Chancellor, the Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs also serves as the ranking executive officer of the University. The administrative units directly reporting to the Provost & Vice Chancellor include the Colleges of Business, Education and Human Services, Letters and Science, and Nursing; Online and Continuing Education; Innovation and Graduate Studies; the University Studies Program (general education); Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL); UWO Libraries; Sponsored Programs and Faculty Development; University Honors College; Testing Center, Office of International Education; Undergraduate Advising Resource Center; and Center for Academic Resources.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is a four-year, research-enhanced comprehensive university of 13,500 students within the University of Wisconsin System. UWO is comprised of two-year campuses in the Fox Cities and Fond du Lac and the four-year residential student campus in Oshkosh, forming one academic and administrative unit.

UWO seeks an energetic, creative, equity-minded individual who is committed to the success of students, faculty, and staff, capable of maintaining strong relationships with our communities, and able to provide visionary leadership.

UW Oshkosh provides a competitive benefits package for all benefit-eligible positions. Click here for more details.


Provost: The Provost is responsible for overseeing the internal operations of the University.

  • Leads the development and implementation of the university strategic plan and new initiatives.
  • Leads institutional relationship with the Higher Learning Commission and issues of accreditation.
  • Works collaboratively with the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration, leads the strategic resource allocation process for the university and ensures it is aligned with the University’s mission and strategic priorities.
  • Contributes to university policy development, adoption, and implementation.
  • Leads efforts in monitoring and developing strategies related to the State of Wisconsin’s statutory performance-based funding process, in coordination with the University of Wisconsin System (UW System).
  • Demonstrates a commitment to and leads efforts to diversify the workforce of the University.
  • Demonstrates a commitment and an ability to lead efforts to create an inclusive campus culture for all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Demonstrates a respect for and a commitment to shared governance and open communication to the university.
  • Assists in efforts to fundraise for the institution and serves with the Chancellor as University liaison while new external academic partnership opportunities are identified and developed.
  • Represents University interests and the Chancellor in participation and interaction with UW System colleagues, elected officials, and external constituencies.
  • Works closely and collaboratively with the other vice chancellors and members of the Chancellor’s Cabinet to achieve the mission of the institution.

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs: The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is designated by the Chancellor as the chief academic officer (Chapter 36.03) responsible for the academic integrity of the institution.

  • Provides dynamic and visionary leadership for the Division of Academic Affairs.
  • Leads the development and administration of all aspects of academic programs including educational policy and academic program development, academic program review, academic professional development, and major university initiatives in teaching, research and creative activities, and service.
  • Leads efforts in student success (retention, progression, and graduation).
  • Oversees the development, implementation, and measurement of learning outcomes and student success.
  • Recommends allocation of personnel, funds, and other resources for programs and instructional support.
  • Manages academic program array balancing regional needs, quality, and financial considerations.
  • Provides leadership and direction in the development of a robust extramural grants and contracts program.
  • Oversees academic personnel decisions and makes recommendations to the Chancellor on faculty and academic staff hires, promotions, tenure, and salary administration.
  • Develops and implements the academic budget for the division.

A distinguished record of leadership, accomplishment, and managerial acumen from the candidate’s chosen profession.


Academic Credentials:

  • Earned doctorate or other terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Distinguished record of performance as a faculty member including teaching and scholarship records that are appropriate for an appointment as a tenured full professor in one of the university’s academic departments.

Leadership and Administrative Experience:

  • Successful record of significant and progressive academic leadership experience, including extensive experience with budget and personnel matters.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing equity-minded and sustainability-driven initiatives.

Academic Oversight Experience:

  • Evidence of academic planning, curricular development, implementation, and assessment of programs.
  • Evidence of experience in promoting high-impact teaching, and research practices.
  • Experience with recruitment, retention and development of faculty and staff.

Student-Centered Leadership:

  • Demonstrated leadership in and commitment to student learning in areas such as general education, international education, undergraduate/graduate research, and graduate/professional education.
  • Experience in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in terms of access, retention, and student success.

Collaborative Communicator:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse constituency.
  • Accessible, collegial and transparent leadership style.
  • Ability to foster relationships that maximize and expand resources to support the academic mission.
  • Respect for shared governance.
  • Commitment to our mission as a public, research-enhanced comprehensive university with a culture of shared governance.
To Apply:

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. Professional references are not requested at this time.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 20, 2023. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., and Lauren Bruce-Stets at

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by February 20, 2023 are ensured full consideration.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 20, 2023. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWO provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 920-424-1166. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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