Search for Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Texas Tech University (TTU) seeks an experienced and accomplished leader to join a dynamic administrative team as Provost and Senior Vice President. As the chief academic officer, the Provost is responsible for the overall academic mission of the university. This involves working with the president, deans, faculty, students and staff to promote academic excellence throughout the institution. Duties of the Provost include academic and budgetary planning, ensuring the quality of student learning by overseeing the curriculum and supporting educational initiatives; the development and enhancement of scholarship and research; the review of all faculty appointments, promotions, and tenure as well as compliance with institutional policies and external regulations, including accreditations. Office of the Provost
Questions or Concerns
David D. Perlmutter, Ph.D.
Search Committee Chair
Professor and Dean College of Media & Communication
Search Process & Timeline
Search Definition and Preliminary Planning
Key Constituencies Town Hall
Meeting for Search Committee and Search Firm
Creation, Approval, and Implementation of Search Documents
Sourcing of Regional, National, and International Candidate Audience
Evaluation of Prospective Candidates by Wheless Partners
Candidate Documentation Provided for Evaluation
Search Committee Meeting:
Discuss and Select Candidates for First-Round
Interviews or Decide to Continue Search Efforts
Candidate Initial/First-Round Interviews with Search Committee
Campus Visits of Finalists
Search Committee Finalizes Report
on Strengths & Weaknesses of Finalists
Week of March 13
Presidential Decision Process
March 11 until complete
As top academic officer of the University, the Provost holds responsibility for academic and budgetary planning, ensuring the quality of student learning by overseeing the curriculum and supporting educational initiatives, the development and enhancement of scholarship and research, the review of all faculty appointments, promotions, and tenure, and compliance with institutional policies and external regulations, including accreditations.
In addition to appreciating and advancing excellence in teaching as well as the comprehensive academic programs of Texas Tech, the Provost is expected to fully support and help bring to fruition the Board and Chancellor's long-term objectives for the TTU System – positioning Texas Tech University in the company of the best institutions of higher education in the United States as a peer of those in the Association of American Universities (AAU).
Required Provost Role Specifications
Background/experiences and skills/accomplishments that are key to the success of the Provost
- The Provost will possess an earned terminal degree from an accredited institution and a record of research/scholarly excellence meriting appointment as a full professor with tenure in a university academic department as well as an accomplished record of achievement in extramural funding.
- TTU seeks a Provost with a record of successful advocacy for the concerns and opportunities of the fields/disciplines of a large comprehensive public university including the arts & humanities, the social sciences, HSTEM and the professional programs, along with the commitment and ability to bring effective multidisciplinary collaboration to reach shared institutional goals.
- The Provost will possess a wide range of excellent communication skills to clearly and succinctly articulate the Texas Tech academic mission and vision to both internal and external constituencies.
- The Provost will show commitment to hiring and retaining a high quality, diverse faculty and staff and will encourage diversity at all levels of the institution.
- The Provost will demonstrate a commitment to the concept of a student-centered institution, with a strong student orientation and a dedication to preparing students for success in a global environment.
- The Provost will possess unquestioned integrity and demonstrated leadership accomplishments and administrative abilities.
- The Provost will ensure institutional accountability, fiscal responsibility, and the effective performance of all academic divisions in the University.
- The Provost will ensure excellence in academics throughout the institution while simultaneously fostering growth in enrollment, increasing research, creative and scholarly activity, and strengthening TTU’s current high academic standards for undergraduate and graduate students.
- The Provost will bring a strong understanding of the workings of a complex university system, to include knowledge and experience concerning current “best practices” in higher education, skillful resource allocation, and familiarity with the business operations of other successful large comprehensive organization.
Key points the organization believes will be strong attractors to top candidates
- This is an opportunity to serve as Chief Academic Officer to help position Texas Tech University among the nation’s preeminent universities as a nationally prominent, fiscally sound and ascending higher education institution.
- The Provost will discover an environment where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with optimal quality of life in the economic, education and healthcare hub of the thriving South Plains area, in a temperate climate that encourages year-round outdoor recreation within a tradition of relaxed hospitality.
Provost Search Committee Members
David D. Perlmutter, Ph.D.
CoMC Dean/Chair of Provost Search Committee
Gene Wilde, Ph.D.
Professor - Department of Biological Sciences
Robert Ricketts, Ph.D.
Frank M. Burke Chair in Taxation, Department Head - Rawls College of Business
Sindee Simon, Ph.D.
Whitacre Department Chair - Chemical Engineering
Phil Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor, Chairman and Charles Thompson Chair - Agricultural and Applied Economics
Tim Dodd, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Administration and Finance - Hospitality and Retail Management
Angela Lumpkin, Ph.D.
Professor & Department Chair - Kinesiology and Sport Management
Brandt Schneider, Ph.D.
Professor & Dean - TTUHSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Vice Chairwoman - TTU Board of Regents
President - Student Government Association
Staff Senate - National Wind Institute
Darryl James, Ph.D., P.E.
Vice Provost - Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Guy Loneragan, BVSc, Ph.D
Interim Vice President for Research - Office of the Vice President for Research
Noel A. Sloan, J.D., C.P.A.
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President - Administration and Finance
Fazle Hussain, Ph.D.
President's Distinguished Chair in Engineering and Science - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Jorge A. Ramírez, J.D.
Walter and Anne Huffman Professor of Law
Juan Muñoz, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President - Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement
Lori Ann Ortiz-Guerrero
Executive Administrative Associate - Office of the President
John Opperman, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs - System Office
Mark Charney, Ph.D.
Department Chair - Theatre and Dance
Susan Lang, Ph.D.
Professor of Technical Communication & Rhetoric
An EEO/Affirmative Action Institution
Texas Tech University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations and encourages applications from all qualified persons.