The associate provost for graduate studies and research assists the provost in providing oversight for university graduate programs and research efforts, including the Graduate School, the Graduate Council, compliance, curriculum, academic misconduct and graduate program review. This position will help ensure academic integrity for all graduate programs – both on-ground and online; provide professional development for all graduate faculty; offer oversight for research activities; and advocate for the andragogical and research efforts at Lindenwood.
Essential Job Functions and Performance Indicators
The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and level of responsibility that will be required of positions given this title. This job description shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
Teaching and Learning
Oversees graduate faculty development in curricular and research agendas
Collaborates with the Graduate Council and other administrative offices to ensure effective implementation of new graduate recruiting, admission, and retention processes and ongoing improvement of established procedures
Administers academic integrity policy and processes for all graduate programs
Promotes strategic collaboration and innovation of academic support units for graduate education and research
Manages and promotes the academic honesty program for graduate students, and collaborates with the Graduate Council to address student grade disputes
Leadership and Strategic Thinking
Proposes and implements policy changes that promote the university mission, with emphasis on academic excellence and matters of diversity, equity and inclusion
Develops and implements orientation and training programs for new faculty in graduate instruction and research development
Ensures availability of grant writing, scholarship and andragogy continuing education opportunities for faculty
Collaborates with other divisions to improve policies and procedures affecting multiple stakeholders
Represents Academic Affairs on university committees as necessary, including on the Executive Academic Strategies Team and the Deans’ Council (non-voting member)
Human Resources Management
Monitors and promotes graduate faculty engagement
Models, supports and holds others accountable to the university’s values – integrity, dedication, excellence, creativity and teamwork
Recruits, interviews, recommends, welcomes, observes and monitors performance of new employees
Sets clear performance expectations and holds employees accountable for actions
Conducts thorough and timely performance evaluations based on evidence, observation and feedback
Guides the Graduate Council in administering various Graduate School components, including admissions and academic honesty policies; selection of graduate faculty; and curriculum and program review
Collaborates with the Library in strategic planning and resource management
Collaborates with the Office of Research and Compliance in faculty development in research activities and grant award activities and planning
Fosters compliance and rectifies potential compliance issues
Communication and Collaboration
Supports the mission of the university and serves as an ambassador of the Q2 culture of service excellence
Investigates graduate academic policy issues as requested by the president, provost, academic deans or other administrators
Analyzes and summarizes relevant data and makes recommendations
Provides strategic communications guidance and support to the provost and other academic administrators as necessary
Communicates graduate academic policies and procedures to all stakeholders
Subject Matter Expertise and Scholarship
Demonstrates command of area of specialization, as well as desire for continued growth
Maintains professional relationships with colleagues and engages in professional development activities to augment existing skills or develop new ones
Job may require other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications – An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. Additional requirements may be designated by position.
Previous experience both as a faculty member and in academic administration
Prior work experience with academic policies and procedures in a university setting
Demonstrable and successful scholarship activity
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all inclusive, of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform this job competently.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
Strong administrative skills, with excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work both independently as well as collaboratively with faculty, students and staff
Leadership, creativity and initiative
Highly developed analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of this job’s functions.
General office setting
Physical Abilities – The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform this job’s essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function
Ability to work effectively at a computer for extended periods
Equal Opportunity Employer
Lindenwood University is an Equal Opportunity employer. The University complies with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and provides equal employment opportunities and access to educational programs without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status to all qualified applicants and employees. Lindenwood University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and dedicated to providing a positive discrimination-free educational work environment.
Lindenwood University, often referred to as Lindenwood or LU, is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university located in St. Charles, Missouri. Founded in 1827 by George Sibley and Mary Easton Sibley, it is the second oldest higher-education institution west of the Mississippi River and since 1990 the fastest growing university in the Midwest. The University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 16,000 students a year through values-centered programs that lead to development of the whole person. Lindenwood is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.