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Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Clarke University

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ID: 27616

Posted On 01/20/2023

Job Overview

At Clarke University, we look for individuals who lead from the heart and embrace our values of education, charity, justice, and freedom. By creating a community focused on care, we empower everyone at Clarke to do and be their best. We offer meaningful work, a safe and friendly work environment, and an outstanding benefits package including tuition remission, paid holidays vacation and sick time, and extensive professional development opportunities. So, if you're looking for a place you can make a positive impact, we hope you'll consider our One Clarke, One Community.

Clarke University invites applications for the position of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA). As a Catholic liberal arts and sciences institution that also professional and graduate programs, we seek an innovative, ambitious, and empathic AVPAA who champions academic excellence, our values, and our mission.

Reporting directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), the AVPAA is responsible for the academic activities of the College, including curricula, assessment, supervision of Department Chairs, and support of University strategic planning. The AVPAA should have a strong understanding of the role of the arts and sciences and professional and graduate studies in holistic education and career preparation of students as well as an appreciation of the challenges faced by institutions of higher education in the United States. Clarke’s next AVPAA will help assure high-quality, flexible, and innovative academic programs that are mission-focused, market-responsive, and attuned to the distinctive needs of all learners. Primary responsibilities include:

  • overseeing undergraduate and graduate curriculum
  • ensuring that academic policies are implemented fairly and in a manner consistent with their intent; reviewing and acting upon requests for exceptions to academic policies and regulations
  • overseeing academic scheduling in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Chair of Compass (general education), and the Registrar
  • serving on a number of committees, including Curriculum and Assessment, Assessment and Program Review, Academic Advising, Academic Innovation, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Compass Advisory, and Student Concerns and Support
  • managing budgetary expenses
  • supervising Department Chairs

Expected Qualifications & Experience

  • Terminal degree in an appropriate academic discipline
  • Three or more years of experience in higher education leadership
  • Clear alignment with the values of Catholic higher education, which at Clarke are rooted in the Core Values of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Record of developing and implementing innovative educational programming
  • Broad knowledge of academic disciplines and the ability to foster collaboration across content areas
  • Experience with the operational management of academic programs, curriculum development, and program assessment and review
  • Ability to interpret market research and trends and assist academic programs
  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others with strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance
  • Strong communication skills with a wide variety of internal and external audiences
  • Ability to make effective decisions, take independent action, and be responsible
  • Ability to think critically, organize complex tasks, solve problems, and understand and interpret university policies for diverse constituents inside and outside the university
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the senior leadership team in Academic Affairs

To apply for this position, please submit a current CV/resume, a letter of application, and contact information for three references at All documents should be uploaded in the resume section of the application. Applications will be reviewed effective immediately with an anticipated start of Spring 2023.

Clarke University is committed to fostering a welcoming campus community that celebrates the unique contributions of each person and promotes an inclusive learning environment. Clarke University does not discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

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Clarke University is a leading independent, coeducational, Catholic university with majors in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.   Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Maryin Dubuque, Iowa, Clarke University is an intimate learning community that lives practically by four Core Values: Education, Charity, Justice, and Freedom. These values emanate from its founder, Mary Frances Clarke, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and those who follow their example to provide learning experiences that are relevant and forward looking. The Clarke Compass, designed for undergraduate students, integrates the liberal arts, experiential learning, major courses of study, cocurricular offerings and the Core Values to produce career-and life-ready graduates who service the Common Good, defined as that which all members of society need in order to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Clarke University is committed to fostering a welcoming campus community that celebrates the unique contributions of each person and promotes an inclusive learning environment. To this end, we strive to respect diversity, practice inclusion and seek equity.

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