Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement Search

Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement Search

A major research institution with an operating budget of more than $2 billion, Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina, with research and educational programs that reach across the globe. In order to promote a superior educational environment, advance the frontiers of knowledge within and across disciplinary boundaries, and contribute to the international community of scholarship, Duke employs more than 3,400 tenure track and regular rank faculty across its ten schools. To support the excellence and development of its faculty, Duke invites nominations and applications for a significant academic leadership position as the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement.

The Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement provides intellectual leadership, guidance, and oversight of University-wide strategies and programs to enhance faculty excellence. Because diversity and inclusion are essential aspects of faculty excellence, a core component of the Vice Provost’s responsibilities is to promote diversity and inclusion in the faculty. To enhance Duke’s efforts to attract and retain preeminent scholars and educators, the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement works with the Provost, Deans, faculty, and administrative offices to ensure that high standards and fair practices are employed in faculty recruitment, appointment, promotion and career advancement. In collaboration with units across the University, the Vice Provost develops and monitors programs to sustain faculty excellence and to enhance faculty success and satisfaction. To fulfill these responsibilities, the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement will oversee the development and implementation of a University-wide strategic plan for faculty advancement, diversity, and inclusion. The Vice Provost will also create, staff, and supervise the Office for Faculty Advancement, Diversity and Inclusion, the goals of which are to:

  • Serve as a central resource for faculty throughout their careers (e.g., orientation of new faculty; mentorship; leadership development);
  • Develop mechanisms to achieve greater faculty access to institutional support structures and programs;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of existing faculty support programs and identify new initiatives that may be required;
  • Collect and interpret data relating to faculty appointments, diversity, satisfaction, and other metrics, in collaboration with the Provost’s Office of Institutional Research;
  • Work with the Provost to establish hiring guidelines, policies and procedures to increase faculty diversity;
  • Assist Duke schools and units to develop, implement, and assess their faculty diversity and inclusion plans and promote collaboration across the University;
  • Initiate programs to foster campus-wide awareness of and commitment to faculty diversity goals;
  • Serve as a resource for faculty with concerns about bias, discrimination, and harassment; collect and interpret data to identify sources of problems; work with faculty, chairs, deans and the Provost to address problems; partner with University entities to facilitate their efforts to ensure that Duke’s legal reporting and compliance obligations are met.

The Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement reports directly to the Provost, and collaborates closely with other members of the Provost’s senior leadership. The Vice Provost should be an intellectual leader among the faculty, a strong advocate for faculty development and mentoring, as well as faculty diversity and inclusion, and an energetic and effective administrator. Duke University aspires to move beyond a limited understanding of diversity and seeks applicants equipped to lead substantive dialogue directed at transformative growth. Applicants and nominees for this position must be faculty members, and should be eligible for tenured faculty appointment within one of Duke’s academic units.

Applications and nominations should be sent electronically (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files preferred) to: DukeVPFacultyAdvance@spencerstuart.com.  Applications should include a letter of interest that includes a statement of the applicant’s vision for faculty advancement, diversity and inclusion at Duke (two page maximum), and CV. Nominations should include the candidate’s CV and a brief description of why the individual should be considered for the position.  Applications and nominations should be submitted by December 9, 2016 to ensure full consideration.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability.

Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement Search Committee

Grainne Fitzsimons, Fuqua School of Business – Chair

Ed Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies

Sherilynn Black, Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity

Guy-Uriel Charles, School of Law

Aaron Kay, Psychology & Neuroscience

Paul Magwene, Department of Biology

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, School of Medicine