Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Success, and Academic Innovation

Montclair State University

Montclair State University (Montclair) seeks a student-centric and innovative senior-level administrative leader to serve as the inaugural Vice Provost (VP) for Undergraduate Education, Success, and Academic Innovation.

Montclair State University is a nationally recognized Doctoral Research University that empowers students, faculty, and researchers to exceed expectations and drive innovation. Montclair State University delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated, and diverse academic environment. Building on 114 years of distinguished history, today Montclair has ten colleges and schools that serve more than 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 200 doctoral, master’s, and baccalaureate degree programs. On July 1, 2023, Bloomfield College officially became part of Montclair State University as Bloomfield College of Montclair State University, providing an affordable, high-quality, and transformative liberal arts educational experience in a small, supportive setting with the resources of a doctoral research university.

Montclair ranks among the top 10 universities nationally for social mobility and is noted among the top 12 for its exceptional student outcomes that far exceed experts’ predictions. Montclair is a designated R2 Doctoral Research Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) – one of only two in New Jersey, the largest HSI in the state, and the largest HSI north of Florida and east of Chicago. Situated just 12 miles from New York City on a beautiful 252-acre suburban campus, the University welcomes a diverse population of students representing 42 U.S. states and territories and 113 countries. As an HSI, Montclair State University is majority-minority serving. More than 40% of incoming freshman are the first in their family to pursue higher education and nearly 44% are Pell eligible. Montclair also ranks in the top 13% of 4,500 postsecondary institutions in the U.S. for return on investment.

The Vice Provost (VP) for Undergraduate Education, Success, and Academic Innovation is a new senior leadership position responsible for advancing undergraduate education, student success initiatives, and academic innovation strategies at Montclair State University while also supporting university-wide efforts to increase student sense of belonging. Directly reporting to the Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Junius J. Gonzales, M.D., M.B.A., the VP will design, develop, and lead in this newly created position as the University engages in innovative approaches to undergraduate education, student success, academic innovation, and data-driven decision-making.

The VP will lead a team of approximately six direct reports, overseeing the areas of Undergraduate Education and Academic Policy; Educational Opportunity and Equity Programs; Academic Success and Tutoring; and Experiential Education and Career Connections while building the new Center for Teaching and Academic Innovation and the Assessment and Evaluation unit from the ground up.

Montclair State University’s inaugural Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Success, and Academic Innovation will be a student-centric team leader with experience in the areas of undergraduate academic programs, student retention and persistence, innovation for teaching and learning, initiatives to support positive post-degree outcomes, and leading and managing positive change for diverse student bodies. A doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution is required along with a record of progressive leadership responsibilities and substantive administrative experience in an area related to academic innovation and student success in higher education.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. WittKieffer is assisting Montclair State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 18, 2024.

Nominations, inquiries, and application materials can be directed to: Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., and Lauren Bruce-Stets at

Montclair State University is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse campus community that is representative of the State of New Jersey through inclusive excellence and equal opportunity. Montclair State University’s commitment to access and equity is designed to prepare each graduate to thrive as a global citizen. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution we are working to support a campus-wide agenda to foster a community that both values and promotes the varied voices of our students, faculty, and staff. The University encourages candidates to apply who will contribute to the cultural tapestry of Montclair State University.

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