Associate Provost for Academic Innovation and Programs

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


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California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, California

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) seeks a creative leader who cares deeply about students to serve as its Associate Provost for Academic Innovation and Programs (Associate Provost). Reporting to the Senior Vice Provost, the Associate Provost will provide leadership, strategic planning, and administrative oversight for the units within Academic Affairs that support academic innovation and programs, including the Office of Academic Programs and Planning, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, International Education, University Honors Program, and the academic component of Service Learning. The Associate Provost will have the opportunity to build collaborative networks across the university in support of high-quality programming, assessment of student learning, degree completion, high-impact practices, general education, and the student academic experience. Guided by Cal Poly’s renowned Learn by Doing philosophy, the Associate Provost will drive initiatives that will advance Cal Poly’s commitment to innovation and inclusive excellence.

Founded in 1901 as one of 23 universities in the California State University (CSU) system, Cal Poly has consistently been recognized for its academic programs, educational excellence, and Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year, more than 20,000 top-tier students come to beautiful San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities, and the built environment. The university has continually been named the most innovative school in the West, and the best public masters-level university in the West by both U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) and Forbes Top Colleges. In addition, Money magazine gave Cal Poly a 5-star ranking, an honor that places Cal Poly among the top 34 universities nationwide. The Institute of International Education has regularly ranked Cal Poly among the top 10 campuses in the nation for students who engage in year-long study abroad programs, and based on their 2021-2022 annual survey, ranked the university as #1 for the second consecutive year. Cal Poly is also an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and plans to grow to 25,000 students by 2035.

This Associate Provost will join the Cal Poly community at an opportune time for new ideas and expansion as the institution advances student access and success efforts to meet institutional and California State University system goals. The university will simultaneously be experiencing many transitions as they plan for year-round operations and convert from a quarter to semester calendar starting in the 2026-2027 academic year. These initiatives, along with Cal Poly’s continued commitment to innovation for increased prominence, provide ample opportunity for assessing current programming and initiatives while also encouraging academic programming innovation, growth, and development. The Associate Provost will lead a strong team of highly committed faculty and staff within their unit who are eager to co-create a new vision and strategy, in close collaboration with university stakeholders, that promotes academic excellence and student success. The Associate Provost will leverage their expertise while fostering partnerships across the university to accomplish new, innovative objectives in support of Cal Poly’s mission and values.

The anticipated salary range for this position is $180,000-$200,000. Cal Poly has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, applications, and referrals, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: https://www.imsearch.com/open-searches/california-polytechnic-state-university-san-luis-obispo/associate-provost-academic. Full applications must include a CV, cover letter, and statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Lindsay Gold and Leslie Lemus
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111

At California Polytechnic State University, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. 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.

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