Search for UIC Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs

University of Illinois at Chicago


The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks an exceptional leader and scholar to serve as the next Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs. This is an internal search.

The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs (VPUA) works directly with the Provost (organizational structure) to provide academic leadership to the university in areas affecting undergraduate education and student success. The Office of the VPUA collaborates with the other vice provosts, vice chancellors, deans, and various faculty groups in areas related to teaching and learning, admissions, educational policy and curricula, and diversity. The VPUA works to foster innovative activities across administrative boundaries, to create stimulating learning experiences for all students, to pursue external funding opportunities, to enrich the undergraduate academic experience, to assure excellence in academic advising, and to facilitate retention and progress to graduation while maintaining UIC’s academic rigor. An important component of all of these activities is undergraduate student success, which includes maintaining the diversity of the student body and achieving parity in outcomes. The VPUA provides leadership on a number of cross-campus efforts, such as the Student Success Initiative, undergraduate research, transition coaching, and Summer College. Working closely with the deans and the provost, the VPUA advises on curricular issues related to undergraduate academic programs. The VPUA also participates in the assessment of student learning and of support program effectiveness. The VPUA collaborates with the vice provosts and others to write grants and other funding proposals for programming and resources to improve teaching and learning for undergraduates. This draws on the work of Academic Computing and Communications Center, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities, the Office of Campus Learning Environments and other resources at UIC. Within the university, the VPUA provides administrative liaison with the Committee of Assistant and Associate Deans, the University Administration and other bodies. Externally, the VPUA represents UIC to partner institutions including public school and community college systems, foundations, and consortia locally and nationally in matters of undergraduate curriculum, student support and student success. Units reporting to the VPUA include:

  • Center for Student Success Initiatives, which includes the 1) office of project management for the Student Success Initiative, 2) office of first-year initiatives that coordinates the transition coaching program, a student referral service, and more, 3) office of research on student success, 4) office of undergraduate research, 5) undergraduate advising resource center that supports professional development and training for campus advisors.
  • Office of Special Scholarship Programs, which assists current UIC undergraduate and professional school students in searching and applying for nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships and external scholarship awards. The office coordinates and tracks campus-wide scholarship activities.
  • Study Abroad Office, which establishes study abroad opportunities around the world, including individual faculty-led programs, and educates undergraduates about study abroad opportunities.
  • Army ROTC: VPUA is the civilian reporting line for this federal program aimed at training undergraduates to be officers in the U.S. Army.

Candidates for Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs must possess an outstanding record of scholarly and educational achievement and the commensurate appointment as a tenured associate professor, with full professor preferred, in a UIC department; at least three years of administrative experience, a minimum of five years’ experience and interest in issues related to undergraduate education; a demonstrated commitment to diversity, student learning, and shared faculty governance; strong interpersonal skills and experience in building collaborative teams; willingness to engage with potential donors and funding agencies; and the ability to participate in local, regional and national conferences.

Evaluation of applications and nominations will begin immediately. For fullest consideration, please complete an electronic application including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for a minimum of three references by Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 addressed to search committee chair Dr. Renée Taylor, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. Please direct nominations and questions or concerns regarding the search and/or application process to Faizan Abid: (312) 996-2706 |  



The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.