Associate Provost for Student Success
Application deadline: October 16, 2023
Senior Consultant: Cynthia Patterson
Senior Consultant: Maria Thompson
Associate Consultant: Penny Gibbons
California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), a distinguished public undergraduate and master’s level institution located in San Luis Obispo, California, seeks a new Associate Provost for Student Success (APSS). Reporting directly to the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, the APSS is responsible for fostering and leading collaboration and partnership within Academic Affairs, as well as providing creative and visionary leadership in the development, prioritization, review, and improvement of Academic Affairs-focused student success programs and initiatives. In this role, the APSS leads student success efforts within Academic Affairs while establishing and maintaining strong collaborations across the university in support of student success initiatives and priorities, with a particular emphasis on creating and maintaining partnerships with the division of Student Affairs. The APSS collaborates with all members of the Office of the Provost leadership team, as well Academic Affairs constituents including, but not limited to, associate/assistant vice provosts, deans, program directors, department chairs, faculty, and staff. The preferred start date is Winter/Spring 2024.
As one of the top 25 public and private universities in the West (U.S. News & World Report), Cal Poly is home to an engaged community of students, staff, and faculty committed to robust teaching, research, scholarship, and creative activities, as well as service in a “Learn by Doing” environment that produces Ready Day One graduates. Cal Poly prepares students to think critically, communicate effectively, contribute positively to society, and be lifelong learners. With an outstanding student body and a highly dedicated and talented faculty and staff, the university aspires to be the nation’s premier comprehensive polytechnic university, developing and inspiring whole system thinkers through teaching, scholarship, and the cocurricular experience to become the future leaders and innovators in California and the world. With “Learn by Doing” as a key philosophy combined with a commitment to the teacher-scholar model, diversity, equity and inclusion, the success of student, faculty, and staff, and emerging and evolving initiatives supportive of being a transfer friendly institution, the APSS will be joining Cal Poly at an exciting and transformative time.
The APSS provides continuity, connection, and communication for a holistic, seamless, diverse, equitable, and inclusive student experience, with strong partnerships within Academic Affairs and across divisions to facilitate student development. This position will facilitate the convening and work of a cross-divisional effort to continue the design, implementation, and assessment of a sustainable and dynamic university-wide strategy to continually support student success. The APSS will assist the Office of the Provost in building and sustaining collaborative networks within Academic Affairs and across the university to support and enhance student retention, persistence, progress to degree and graduation rates; promote inclusion; and advance student success and degree completion. In particular, the APSS will be responsible for ensuring the creation and implementation of a coordinated, comprehensive strategy to address equity gaps across all student groups (e.g., historically underrepresented, First-Gen, Pell, transfer, gender, veteran, returning, and out of state students), with an emphasis on Cal Poly Scholars.
Academic Search is assisting California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo in this work. For more information about the position, institution, qualifications, leadership agenda, and application process, please download the full position profile from the Academic Search website. Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential conversation about this opportunity with one the senior consultants leading the search:
- Cynthia M. Patterson, Cynthia.Patterson@academicsearch.org
- Maria Thompson, Maria.Thompson@academicsearch.org
To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications (PDF preferred) should be submitted electronically and in confidence, to APSS-SLO@academicsearch.org. Priority consideration will be given to materials received by Monday, October 16, 2023. When submitting a nomination, please include the nominee’s full name, title, position, and email address.
At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees, and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.