Georgia State University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs (APFA).  The APFA leads the Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) and university efforts to recruit, appoint, retain, and support faculty in achieving their full potential at Georgia State University. This position reports directly to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

The Position

Georgia State is a highly diverse R-1 research university that sits in the heart of downtown Atlanta.  We are well known nationally as a key leader in student success for graduating students at the same rate without regard to race, gender, or socioeconomic status.  We are highly entrepreneurial in our approach, ranking as the second most innovative university in the country by U.S. News & World Report for the last two years.  We now wish to apply our success in removing institutional barriers for students to an equally challenging problem: faculty diversity.    

Seeking to become a national leader in this area, Georgia State recently completed a two-year, faculty-led process identifying recommendations for building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all faculty. A high priority for the APFA in the coming years will be to provide leadership and direction in support of implementing these recommendations, which touch on recruitment, retention, community building, and the development of a pipeline of diverse graduate students.  The APFA will work closely with the Provost and a faculty implementation committee to identify priorities and provide thought leadership in this important initiative.

The APFA will also be responsible for creating, implementing and championing a variety of faculty development programs to support and strengthen faculty in teaching and research, as well as leadership programming for department chairs and other administrators.  In addition, this role will develop and implement faculty policies and procedures, manage university awards and recognition events for faculty, and assist with the promotion and tenure process.  The APFA supervises faculty and staff in the OFA, as well as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

This position is open to faculty at the rank of full professor with eligibility for tenure on hire in one of the academic units at Georgia State. Candidates must have strong communication and interpersonal skills, excellent judgment, and strategic vision.  Experience with the professional development of faculty, preferably at higher education institutions of similar size and complexity, is strongly preferred, as is familiarity with processes related to faculty hiring, evaluation, promotion and tenure at an R-1 research university.  A record of leadership in the area of diversity, inclusion, and equity is a must, as well as administrative experience at the chair level or above. 

About Georgia State University

Georgia State University is an enterprising urban public research institution in Atlanta, the leading cultural and economic center of the Southeast. With six campuses throughout metro Atlanta, the university provides its world-class faculty and more than 53,000 students with unsurpassed connections to the opportunities available in one of the 21st century’s great global cities. A national leader in graduating students from diverse backgrounds, Georgia State provides a rich experience with award-winning housing, hundreds of student clubs and organizations, and one of the most diverse student bodies in the country. Students, faculty and alumni enjoy a unique campus personality and culture based on ambition, hard work, dedication and perseverance.

Nomination and Application Process

Parker Executive Search is assisting Georgia State University in the search for the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, full resume/CV, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to January 31, 2020. Please submit applications through the Parker Executive Search website. For additional information, please contact:

Laurie Wilder, President
Porsha Williams, Vice President
Grant Higgison, Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
770-804-1996 ext.: 118 ||

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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