About U of M Crookston
A proven leader in online programming delivery for more than 25 years, the University of Minnesota's Crookston campus offers a distinctive learning environment providing personal attention and mentorship to develop leaders, lifelong learners, and engaged citizens. Our Crookston campus has received national recognition for the value of its education, retaining its #1 status as a public Midwest Regional College in U.S. News and World Report’s 2022-2023 rankings. As one of five campuses in the University of Minnesota system, Crookston cultivates curiosity with hands-on learning in a supportive, close-knit community. With approximately 1,500 students from 40 states and 20 countries, 37 majors, 19 online majors, and NSIC Division II athletics, Crookston offers a world-class degree and experience. For more information, visit crk.umn.edu.
About the City of Crookston
Located in the heart of northwest Minnesota, Crookston is known for its rich history and hospitality. The community of nearly 8,000 prides itself on its recreation, amenities, and ever-growing calendar of events. Crookston is host to a critical access hospital, nine-hole golf course, sports center with three sheets of ice, indoor community swimming pool, outdoor splash park, and a variety of city parks with baseball, softball, basketball, pickleball, tennis, and soccer fields/courts. Among its distinctive stores and businesses, downtown Crookston boasts Widman’s Candy Shop, which has been voted the best candy store in Minnesota, and the Grand Theatre, which may be the longest continuously running movie theater in the United States. For music and theater lovers, there are annual productions by the Crookston Community Theatre, a concert series by the Civic Music League, live music during the town’s annual festival, Ox Cart Days, and various indoor and outdoor concerts and performances.
Grand Forks, North Dakota, located only 25 miles west of Crookston, features an international airport and additional opportunities for shopping and activities. Roughly 70 miles south of Crookston is the larger metro area of Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota. The culturally diverse city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is located approximately three hours north and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota lies four and a half hours to the southeast.
Minnesota itself is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” and our summers can’t be beat. Local and regional recreational activities abound near Crookston, with several state parks within a short driving distance including Itasca State Park, the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Hiking, biking, fishing, boating, hunting, cross-country skiing, bird watching, and snowmobiling are among the many outdoor activities available in the area surrounding Crookston.
The selected candidate will be a visionary and experienced academic leader with excellent judgment and diplomacy, personal and professional integrity, and a reputation for working collegially with internal and external constituencies. Ideally, the selected person would have the ability to act as a catalyst for campus creativity, innovation, and progress that will build on the legacy of U of M Crookston in providing an innovative, technology-rich, and experiential educational experience for students. With our updated mission, vision, and values, in concert with the University of Minnesota’s MPact 2025 System Wide Strategic Plan, the next senior vice chancellor will have the opportunity to advance the academic mission of excellence by developing new academic programs (both on-campus and online), expand partnerships, and advance the integration of academic technologies and technology-based learning modalities.
At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.
The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
- Competitive wages, 11 paid holidays, and generous time off
- Faculty Retirement Plan (5.5% employee contribution, 10% employer contribution)
- Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
- Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
- Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
- University HSA contributions
- Disability and employer-paid life insurance
- Employee wellbeing program
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
- Financial counseling services
- Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.
Position & Responsiblilities
The full-time, 12-month position will begin July 1, 2023, or as soon as possible after that, with the possibility of a sooner start. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
- Lead and manage academic affairs at the Crookston campus, serving as a leader for educational excellence with particular attention to academic planning, program review and development, faculty development, accreditation and assessment, diversity initiatives, academic student success and retention, policy development/governance, developing and administering academic budgets and resources, and overall coordination of academic affairs
- Coordinate faculty personnel actions including recruitment, re-appointment, promotion and tenure, and new faculty onboarding
- Serve as the primary negotiator for administration during faculty collective bargaining
- Oversee articulation agreements and off-campus academic programs
- Serve on the campus Strategic Planning Leadership Team and Chancellor’s Cabinet
- Strengthen liaison relationships within the University of Minnesota system administration, especially academic affairs and systemwide strategic enrollment management, and relationships with other higher education institutions in the region
- Engage the campus in strategic visioning to develop quality on-campus and online experiences
- Promote professional opportunities for faculty and students, and lead efforts to enhance the curriculum; and fosters synergistic relationships among academic departments and other campus units
- Consult with campus community on decisions as needed
Direct reports to the SVC include:
- Director of Library Services
- Director of the Honors Program
- Assistant to the SVC
- Director of Student Success/Advising
- Two division heads who oversee the department chairs
- Indirectly supervise department chairs of the four academic departments:
- Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Liberal Arts and Education
- Math, Science, and Technology
- Earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree from an accredited institution in an academic discipline with the qualifications meriting appointment at the rank of full professor in a discipline or similar discipline offered by the university
- Five or more years of appropriate university administrative experience
- A passion for teaching and learning excellence
- Commitment to the land grant mission of a public university
- Commitment to collegial, consultative processes and decision making, and shared governance
- Record of accomplishment in developing effective strategies to build and support academic and student success initiatives
- Record of leadership and proven ability to think strategically and prioritize effectively; demonstrated success in leading and managing change
- Ability to articulate a long-range vision and strategic plan to guide the development of academic affairs and evidence-based program assessment
- Demonstrated accomplishments in teaching and learning, scholarship, and service
- Demonstrated leadership in academic planning, program development, faculty development, and assessment; a record of promoting a diverse campus culture, experience with regional accreditation; commitment to student achievement, fostering a positive campus climate for a diverse student body, faculty, staff, and administration; experience developing and administering academic budgets and resources; experience with learning technologies; excellent oral and written communications skills, strong interpersonal skills, and a high level of professional integrity; strategic vision for on-campus and online education; and commitment to international education
- Experience with land-grant and public institutions, shared governance and faculty collective bargaining, and online learning
- Experience working with The Higher Learning Commission or similar governing body
- Experience with rural and/or regional campuses, and working with foundations, corporations, and/or governmental agencies
- Experience in leading, negotiating and managing with a diverse contract faculty
- Ability to inspire and collaborate with faculty and other academic leaders
- Ability to enhance the reputation of the campus and the system regionally, statewide, nationally, and internationally
- Ability to enhance the university’s intellectual climate
- Ability to strengthen instruction and scholarship
- Ability to foster curricular innovation and globalization
- Ability to build excellent academic programs and enhance the use of technology
- Ability to identify new support opportunities for faculty scholarship, creative activity, and funded research, and build and cultivate consensus
How to Apply
For full consideration, applicants should submit their material electronically by December 2, 2022. Please include a letter of interest, and a curriculum vitae. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. First round interviews will be held in February 2023, and finalists will be notified by late February 2023 for an on-campus interview in early March.
If you would like to nominate a candidate, letters should include the nominee’s name, position, email address, and phone number. Please submit them using this link.
All nominations and applications will be handled in strict confidence.
Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Jennifer Erickson, Talent Acquisition manager, by email ([email protected]) or cell phone (651-968-6640) to discuss this opportunity.
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