Following Provost Gayle Davis' announcement that, after serving for 15 years she will retire next summer, President Thomas J. Haas has initiated the search for the next Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. The nationwide search is being co-chaired by Jon Jellema, recently retired Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor Emeritus of English; and Teri Losey, Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Executive Associate to the President.
Grand Valley State University, established in 1960, is a four-year public comprehensive university. It attracts more than 25,000 students with its high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Grand Valley offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs grounded in the tradition of liberal education in over 200 areas of student interest. There are campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Holland and regional centers in Detroit, Muskegon, and Traverse City. Grand Valley serves students from all 83 Michigan counties and dozens of other states and foreign countries. Responsive to the needs of the state and region, the university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and community partnerships. Grand Valley employs more than 3,000 people and is committed to providing a fair and equitable environment for the continued success of all.
The Academic and Student Affairs Division consists of ten academic units (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Seidman College of Business, College of Community and Public Service, College of Education, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, College of Health Professions, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Graduate School, and University Libraries) and Academic and Student support functions (Student Services, Vice Provost for Health, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence, and Art Gallery and Collections). Led by the Provost and supporting staff, the Division prides itself on having programs built upon the foundations of a liberal education tradition, and is widely recognized for its ability to develop necessary talent and leadership for the next generation and prepare all students to contribute productively to their professions and societies. The Division demonstrates its success in developing and supporting inclusivity and diversity, productivity, efficiency, and sustainability.
The Office of the Provost is committed to strategic planning, high impact learning experiences, effective teaching, innovative scholarship, and purposeful academic service to the community. The work encompasses faculty and staff personnel concerns, budgeting, resource development, and shared faculty governance. The role is to support teaching, scholarship, and public service through increasingly high quality, relevant curricula in a challenging, intellectual environment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The goal is to encourage and sustain an environment of creativity, rigor, support, and openness that aids faculty, students, and the wider community in our search for knowledge.
Grand Valley State University is committed to inclusion and equity. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.