Position Title:  Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA)

FTE:                   1.0

Department    Office of Academic Affairs

Reports To:      President

FLSA:                 Exempt


This position promotes and supports the learning experience of Marian University students by, providing leadership to all areas of Academic Affairs and enhancing a culture of student and institutional learning.  This position is a strategic partner in helping to collaboratively plan and achieve growth and success in all academic areas of the institution. The incumbent ensures that academic programs meet quality standards set by accreditation.  This role serves as a transformative leader, who encourages contemporary program and curriculum development, and the overall direction of the university’s academic programming.  The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining effective relationships, working collaboratively with administration, faculty, staff, students, the Board of Trustees, and the Marian and Fond du Lac communities.

Marian University is a Catholic applied liberal arts community that welcomes diverse spiritual traditions.  Sponsored by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, Marian University engages students in the education of the whole person.  We embrace justice and compassion and transform lives for professional service and leadership in the global community.  As a diverse community of educators and learners, Marian University values community, learning, service, social justice, and spiritual traditions. The University seeks a cultural leader and an advocate who understands, appreciates and aids in making decisions consistent with the university’s mission, vision, and core values.  To learn more about the mission, vision, and core values of the University, please visit www.marianuniversity.edu/about/mission-values/

Essential Functions:

  1. Provide strong administrative leadership, fostering professionalism, collaboration, mutual respect, and open lines of communication between all constituents of Marian.
  2. Support and embrace a shared governance model for academic policies and procedures.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to the general welfare and vitality of Marian University.
  4. Provide guidance to, and receives recommendations from the Faculty Senate and other campus constituents regarding the planning, implementation and review of academic programs, services, and related matters.
  5. Provide strategic guidance in continuous assessment of learning outcomes at all levels, facilitate comprehensive academic program review, and utilize data for continuous improvement.
  6. Promote the integration of learning inside and outside the classroom, balancing the needs of students, faculty, and staff.
  7. Oversee the adherence to recognized academic standards.
  8. Provide leadership and focus to the creation and maintenance of a timely and appropriately rigorous curriculum.
  9. Work cooperatively with enrollment management, student affairs, and faculty to maintain a balance between traditional, non-traditional, and graduate student populations and improve overall student retention.
  10. Lead and provide vision for all programs/departments reporting to the office of academic affairs including oversight of fiscal, budgetary, and personnel planning.
  11. Pursue and secure external funding in the form of grants for new academic initiatives, and cultivate articulations and community partnerships that enhance academic offerings.
  12. Serve as a member of the president’s cabinet.
  13. Participate in open sessions of the Board of Trustees and in closed sessions as needed.
  14. Serve as university accreditation liaison officer.
  15. Provide leadership for institutional and content area accreditations.

Other Responsibility:

  1. Performs other work-related duties as necessary or as assigned.

Education, Experience, and Skills Required:

  1. Terminal degree. At least five years in a Vice President of Academic Affairs position within a four-year institution of higher education, as well as a record of scholarly or creative achievement that would merit appointment as full professor.
  2. Willingness to support the mission, vision, and core values of the University.
  3. Extensive knowledge of policies and procedures related to functional area.
  4. Demonstrated advocacy for and addressing the needs of diverse students.
  5. A background in building effective relationships and working collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and all other constituents.
  6. Demonstrated ability in consensus-building.
  7. Facilitate ongoing development of innovative teaching.
  8. Strong coaching experience, mentoring a team with diverse levels of expertise.
  9. Entrepreneurial team player who can prioritize and meet deadlines.
  10. High standard of professional conduct, ability to maintain confidentiality, and the ability to establish credibility throughout the organization and with all stakeholders including the Board of Trustees, the President, Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni and members of the President’s Cabinet.
  11. Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills.

Education, Experience, and Skills Preferred:

  1. Experience with the development of new programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  2. Experience with higher education accreditation (including specialized areas of accreditation), strategic planning, budgeting and assessment, enrollment management, student persistence and graduation rates; oversight of programs that support student success and independent learning modalities, including face-to-face, virtual, on-line and blended education working with diverse groups.
  3. Demonstrated support of faculty and staff development.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

The Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as the Chief Academic Officer and has oversight of Academic Affairs, the College of Professions, the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL), the Library, the Center for Academic Support & Excellence (CASE), Career Services, Information Technology, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Office of the Registrar.

The VPAA Search Committee is led by the president and includes faculty, administration, board, and Cabinet level representation. The committee will begin reviewing applications as they are received and will continue until the appointment is made. To assure full consideration, applications should be received by Friday, February 19, 2021, and must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of five professional references with email and telephone numbers (references will not be contacted without prior notification of the applicant).  Applications and nominations should be sent electronically (MS Word or Adobe PDF) to muapplicants@marianuniversity.edu



Transforming lives through academic excellence, innovation and leadership. Marian University is a community committed to learning, dedicated to service and social justice, and joined together by spiritual traditions.

Any offer of employment will be contingent upon the receipt of criminal background and reference check information; and the determination that the candidate remains eligible and suitable for employment.