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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Provost Search Purpose

Florida Southern College seeks a dynamic leader to serve as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Provost is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of all academic programs and reports directly to the President.


The Candidate

The Provost will lead the college as it progresses toward achieving the academic goals and targets articulated in the college’s Strategic Plan. These goals are designed to promote educational excellence throughout the curriculum and across the four schools of the college. The Provost will lead initiatives to further the institution’s focus on an outcomes-based curriculum, promote teaching excellence at all levels and academic programs, recruit an exceptional faculty, pursue the integration and development of innovative pedagogies that support Florida Southern’s growing national reputation as a leader in engaged learning, implement the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan, and manage effective academic program budgeting in alignment with strategic planning. All academic departments report to the Provost.


The ideal candidate will have an earned doctorate, successful experience as an academic administrator, significant teaching experience, appropriate scholarly accomplishments, and a comprehensive knowledge of and appreciation for liberal arts, pre-professional, and professional degree programs. A collaborative style in working with all campus constituencies, and adherence to the highest ethical standards are expected.


  • Proven senior leadership in higher education
  • History in pursing or successfully maintaining program accreditation
  • Curricular development and enhancement
  • Academic budgeting principles and practices
  • Recruitment of exceptional faculty
  • Oversight of the faculty tenure and promotion process
  • Leadership in faculty professional development
  • High level commitment to engaged learning
  • Understanding of and commitment to outcomes-based education
  • Assessment of all academic programs

Range of Skills

  • Understanding 21st Century students and how they utilize technology as a tool for education
  • Skills in consensus development and collaboration
  • Leadership in development of innovative pedagogies and engaged learning
  • Experience and success in strategic planning

To Apply

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To request more information or nominate a candidate, inquiries may be sent to Dr. Sara Fletcher Harding, Search Committee Chair, at Application materials include a current resume or academic vita, a list of five references with contact information, and a letter of interest that addresses the qualifications. Requested documents may be uploaded with the online application form and/or sent to

Review of prospective candidates will begin in November 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Florida Southern College is an equal opportunity employer. The College recruits, hires, trains, transfers, promotes and compensates individuals and makes all personnel decisions without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, marital status, veteran status, or physical or mental disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform the job, in accordance with applicable law.

Florida Southern is the oldest private College in the state. The mission of Florida Southern College is to prepare students through dynamic engaged learning to make a positive and consequential impact on society.

About Florida Southern College

The Institution

Florida Southern is the oldest private College in the state. The mission of Florida Southern College is to prepare students through dynamic engaged learning to make a positive and consequential impact on society.

Within the School of Arts and Sciences, the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise, the School of Education, and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences are more than 55 undergraduate academic majors. Degrees offered include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education. Graduate and doctoral offerings include the MBA, MAT, MEd, MSN, MAcc, and EdD and will soon include the Doctor of Physical Therapy (starting fall 2019) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (starting fall 2019). Evening programs include undergraduate degrees in education, communication, business administration, accounting, and nursing (RN to BSN).

Florida Southern prides itself on being a collegial community of teacher-scholars who embrace the opportunity for intellectual interaction with students and with each other. Innovative approaches to research and learning encourage students to become active participants in their education and include the option of a self-designed major.

Accreditations include:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

Other recognitions include the 2019 Princeton Review – The Best 384 Colleges list; US News and World Report – Best Colleges list for Best Value (2018), and Fiske Guide to Colleges – Best Buy School list (2018).

The Campus

The Florida Southern campus contains the world’s largest single site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Part of the college mission is to preserve these world-renowned structures. The College is consistently ranked high on The Princeton Review’s “Most Beautiful Campus” list and was voted number one for two years in a row. The 100-acre campus faces Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland and is located in the heart of Florida between Tampa and Orlando.

There are more than 145 full-time faculty, with 87% holding terminal degrees. The student-faculty ratio is 15:1. The student population of 2,723 undergraduate students and 432 graduate students come from 46 states and 48 foreign countries.

Florida Southern has a national reputation for engaged learning and the integration of curricular and co-curricular experiences. The college is nationally recognized for its committed implementation of High-Impact Educational Practices, earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction for the 12th consecutive year and garnering the institution the William M. Burke Award for Excellence in Experiential Education from the National Society for Experiential Education.

One of the nation’s best residential learning colleges.

Florida Southern College is highly ranked by the most prestigious news outlets and has a national reputation for engaged learning and the integration of curricular and co-curricular experiences.

2018 U.S. news and world report best colleges pick for best value in regional universities
2018 fiske guide to colleges pick for best buy school
featured by the princeton review in their 384 best colleges of 2019 guide
chosen as a college of distinction for 2017-2018