Search for Interim Provost

Freeman Hrabowski, President, and John Jeffries, Dean, CAHSS and Chair of the Search Committee

UMBC is conducting an internal search for the position of Interim Provost, and we invite applications. As the chief academic officer of the University, the Provost reports directly to the President and is responsible for the quality, vitality, and delivery of the academic program, ensuring excellence in the faculty, student body, and academic affairs staff. As the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Provost oversees all academic activities involving faculty and students, including research, planning, and academic support services. Also, the Provost oversees the campus planning process, working with the other Vice Presidents, the Deans, and campus governance groups to coordinate planning and budgeting for the University; the Provost then presents recommendations to the President for final decision. The Deans of the colleges and schools report to the Provost. The Provost also works cooperatively with other University System of Maryland campus leaders, especially provosts and academic vice presidents. Supporting the President, the Provost represents UMBC to the University System, the State Legislature, and State and federal agencies.

Candidates for the position must be tenured full professors and should have substantial academic-administrative experience; a record of significant scholarly achievement; effective academic leadership and problem-solving skills; the ability to manage large budgets; a strong commitment to balancing and integrating research and teaching; demonstrated commitment to shared governance; the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with faculty members, senior administrators and staff members in all disciplines and at all levels across the campus; the ability to work effectively with external constituencies; a strong commitment to advancing underrepresented minorities and women; and a commitment to advancing disciplines across the University and to fostering cross-disciplinary enterprises.

Applications should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. The letter of interest should include a brief discussion (2-3 pages) of the candidate’s understanding of the responsibilities of, and the issues facing, the Interim Provost, and should describe the candidate’s approaches and priorities for addressing those responsibilities and issues. The search committee is chaired by Dr. John Jeffries, Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Applications should be submitted electronically to Ms. Tammy Brown ( in the Dean’s office by the close of business, Wednesday, May 25.

The appointment will be for one year and will begin on July 1, 2011.



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