Associate Provost for Academic Programs, Mount Ida Campus

Associate Provost for Academic Programs, Mount Ida Campus

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Job Summary: 

The Associate Provost for Academic Programs for the Mount Ida Campus (MIC) provides leadership and direction for the academic function at the MIC, centering equity, accessibility, and inclusivity as core guiding principles. This includes the development and expansion of curricular offerings and experiential learning opportunities at MIC, leadership of student academic support, and management of faculty resources and support. While primarily located on the MIC, the Associate Provost will frequently visit the Amherst campus. This position reports to the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, with a dotted-line report to the Assistant Chancellor for Greater Boston Strategic Initiatives, and is a 12-month appointment for a term of three years (renewable). This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.

In the exercise of these responsibilities, the Associate Provost for Academic Programs for the Mount Ida Campus will:

Academic Program Development

  • In coordination with academic affairs leadership, develop and implement a strategic academic vision for the MIC
  • Research and benchmark degree programs with a high likelihood for success at the MIC (as determined by student matriculation, retention, and graduation) and with high employment prospects. For such programs, develop proposals consistent with the policies and procedures of UMass Amherst, working collaboratively with faculty and academic leadership on the Amherst campus.
  • Steward proposals through the academic approval process at UMass Amherst.
  • Partner with campus personnel to market all academic programs to meet enrollment goals for the MIC.
  • Ensure that programs at the MIC are leveraging course offerings from the Amherst campus where practical and appropriate. Expand offerings in partnership with the Amherst campus.
  • Pursue creative and innovative partnerships to further the MIC academic mission.
  • Participate in strategic conversations regarding fully maximizing the MIC, including options for cohort-based programs, such as Residential Academic Programs (RAPs), and other innovative enrollment strategies.
  • Collaborate with the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement around industrial partnerships that will strengthen academic programs, support research, and enable the diffusion of creativity, ideas, skills and people.

Student Support and Career Development

  • Collaborate with academic departments to establish semester-at-MIC academic programs and connect these programs with the Associate Provost for Career and Professional Development to establish opportunities for internships
  • Coordinate student academic resources and support, collaborating with colleagues on the Amherst campus, to connect students to services
  • Partner with Student Affairs and Campus Life to ensure the residential component of the MIC is safe and enriching.
  • Partner with the Office of Student Success to pursue innovative partnerships to enhance student support offerings at the MIC.

Faculty Resources and Support

  • Serve as a primary or secondary (after chair) point of contact for MIC faculty.
  • Oversee program and course tracking and reporting.
  • Oversee the assignment of faculty office space at the MIC.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Faculty Development, Center for Teaching and Learning, and Instructional Design, Engagement, and Support on a range of opportunities for professional development for MIC faculty.

Other Administrative Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain communication with Academic Affairs on the Amherst campus to promote efficiency, effectiveness, and alignment with strategic direction and priorities.
  • Communication with advisers regarding Mount Ida pathways and options
  • Establish academic policies and procedures in coordination with the Faculty Senate and specific to the MIC.

Required Qualifications

  • Tenure-track faculty with tenure and non-tenure-track faculty with continuing appointment at the rank of senior lecturer or above employed at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with academic program development.
  • Experience with industry or academic-industrial partnerships.
  • Experience with internships and other experiential learning opportunities.
  • A demonstrated commitment to furthering diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • A demonstrated commitment to student success.
  • Experience in using data-informed and evidence-based approaches to inform program development and expansion.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain successful collaborative relationships at all levels.

Application Instructions

Candidates should submit an application consisting of a CV, names of 3 references, and a cover letter detailing their experience related to leading initiatives, academic program development, experiential learning, community/industry partnerships, and efforts to support a diversity, equity, and inclusion to Karen White: krw@umass.edu

Review of applications will begin on May 30, 2023.