The University of Mount Union invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), who will report to Gregory L. King, 14th president of the University.
A private institution founded in 1846, Mount Union oﬀers a variety of rigorous and relevant academic programs that are grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Mount Union's nearly 2,100 students can select from 45 broad-based and career-speciﬁc undergraduate majors, including recent additions in engineering, nursing, and data science. In addition, eight graduate programs are oﬀered in fields such as physician assistant studies, physical therapy, education, and business, with additions in nursing and occupational therapy slated to begin in 2025 and 2026 respectively.
Known for its academic excellence and personal approach, the institution boasts a 13:1 student- faculty ratio and an average class size of 16. Mount Union's robust curriculum is delivered in-person and online by dedicated faculty members, 91% of whom hold terminal degrees in their ﬁelds. Of our 126 full-time faculty members, 58% are tenured, and 21% are on tenure track.
Mount Union and its programs have been recognized regionally and nationally for quality and value. Our undergraduate nursing (Nurse.org, 2023) and sport business (Bachelor's Degree Center, 2023) programs have been ranked #1 in Ohio. Among graduate programs, Mount Union was tied for the top spot in a listing of the Best Private Institutions for Online Master of Education programs and tied for 2nd in a ranking of the Best Physician Assistant Program in Ohio (both by US News, 2023). Athletically, Mount Union has been ranked as the top Ohio Athletic Conference School and 20th in all of Division III in the 2022-2023 LEARFIELD Director's Cup Standings. As an institution, the University is ranked #18 for Best Value and #30 overall in the Midwest Regional Universities category (US News, 2022-2023) and was named the Best Small Employer in Ohio (Forbes, 2023).
Over the past two decades, Mount Union has invested more than $200 million in the construction and renovation of modern facilities, including a natural sciences building, recreation center, apartment-style housing, a health and medical sciences facility, a performing arts center, a business and engineering building, a football coaching center, and an esports and golf facility. The institution's commitment to diversity has resulted in a newly-constructed center for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and the appointment of a dedicated chief diversity officer.
The University features a student-centered approach and an exceptional educational experience, offering an array of activities for cultural, civic, and social development. Students experience outstanding opportunities for success after graduation, both in the workforce and in graduate study.
A strong commitment to financial stewardship has resulted in 68 consecutive years of balanced financial operations on campus. The University's endowment is in excess of $165 million.
The Ideal Candidate
The VPAA serves as a key pillar in the University's structure, ensuring the support and facilitation that underlies delivery of forward-thinking, high-quality academic programming. This approach enriches the learning experience for undergraduate and graduate students.
The VPAA also serves as the chief academic officer of the University and thus assumes responsibility for Mount Union's educational mission and academic program. In fulfilling this role, the VPAA serves as the leader and advocate for Mount Union's academic programs and faculty. This individual is also a key member of the President's Council and the chief liaison officer to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. In addition to overseeing all academic programs, the VPAA oversees key administrative areas, including the Library; the Office of Institutional Effectiveness; the Office of the University Registrar, including digital learning and design; the Digital, Written, and Oral Communication Center; the Center for Faculty Development; the Spectrum Education Center; the Center for Global Education; and the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center.
The VPAA position invites a candidate whose education, experience, and accomplishments have prepared them for contemporary institutional leadership challenges and opportunities. These include the following attributes:
Roles and Responsibilities
The ideal VPAA candidate will:
The Process of Candidacy
(1) a letter of interest that directly addresses the leadership opportunities outlined in the profile above,
(2) a curriculum vita or resume, and
(3) the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of five references. References will not be contacted without first securing the permission of the candidate.
A review of candidates will begin on October 16, 2023.
Additional information about the University of Mount Union may be found on the Mount Union website.
The University of Mount Union prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, marital or parental status, pregnancy, disability, or genetic information, in student admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or employment as now, or may hereafter be, required by university policy and federal or state law. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the Office of Human Resources, Beeghly Hall, (330) 829-6560.
Co-Chairs of the VPAA Search Committee: Marci Craig, Director of Human Resources, and Sheryl Holt, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of the PT Program