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Augustana University - Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Sioux Falls, SD

Job Description

Augustana University, a selective, comprehensive university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations for the outstanding leadership opportunity of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (SVP).

Located in the growing and vibrant community of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Augustana University has, for more than 150 years, provided a strong student-centric education based on its five core values: Christian faith, liberal arts, excellence, community, and service. The University is committed to its vision of becoming one of America’s premier church-related universities. In recent years, the institution has expanded its pre-professional and graduate offerings, becoming a comprehensive university in the liberal arts tradition. Guided by its ambitious strategic plan, “Horizons 2019,” Augustana seeks to grow its student body from its current approximate 2,100 members to 2,500 by 2019. In pursuit of that plan, the University saw its largest incoming class since 1978 in fall 2017.

The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as the chief academic officer and will have an extraordinary opportunity to help shape and enhance the strategic direction of the University under the leadership of a dynamic new president, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, the first woman to be named to the position in the University’s 157-year history. The Senior Vice President provides leadership to an innovative community of scholars to ensure the delivery of an exceptional academic experience.

The Senior Vice President leads the University’s efforts to achieve excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and service within the University’s mission. Responsibilities include advising the President on strategy, policies, and operations; working collaboratively with the faculty, division chairs and other administrators on academic priorities and building and overseeing the academic budget. The Senior Vice President oversees all aspects of the professional and academic accreditation of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, faculty development, academic personnel, and academic strategic planning. The successful candidate will possess an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree; senior-level academic and administrative leadership experience; strong academic credentials in teaching, scholarship, and service; a track record in fostering collaborative relationships; and a commitment to diversity.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a CV, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available below, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via email to Augustana University’s consultants Ann Yates, Melissa Fincher and Katy Young at


Augustana University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Title IX Employer. Augustana University is committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.
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