Vice President for Academic Affairs

Start Date

July 2024

Listed On

June 18, 2024

Position Type




Job Summary

The Vice President for Academic Affairs will provide academic leadership for the University, faculty, staff and students. This executive is responsible for all academic programs, assessment of student learning and outcomes. The executive will establish and maintain quality student learning experiences and student success. The executive will provide administration and leadership for the areas of Student Life, Residential Life, Faculty Housing.


  • Provide educational leadership for the University and faculty, ensuring that the University’s mission is served, its goals are pursued, and its values are reflected in all of the University’s educational endeavors.
  • Maintain a culture of high academic standards, intellectual inquiry, and student success by providing leadership in the development of effective and innovative strategies, methodologies, and practices.
  • Develop programs that foster student engagement, leadership opportunities, and success, student development outcomes, and program assessment.
  • Serve as Chief Academic Officer, responsible for the planning, development, supervision, and evaluation of three major instructional divisions plus other academic departments and centers; ensuring that the educational offerings effectively respond to the current and anticipated needs and interests of the University.
  • Must have a commitment to maintaining academic rigor, standards, and honesty to further promote the reputation of the University.
  • Administer University policies and procedures and manage human, physical, and fiscal resources to support the instructional programs of the University.
  • Oversee operating and capital budgets for Academic Affairs in communication with the appropriate staff.
  • Assist in maintaining a complete and accurate Faculty Handbook.
  • Prepare reports for internal and external constituencies as required.
  • Provide guidance and oversight for all work and programs pertaining to educational partnerships.
  • Ensure compliance with state, federal, and other reporting regulations.
  • Provide information and develop required reports for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and other external and internal departments/agencies.
  • Serve as the liaison between the faculty and the president and his or her administrative officers, particularly in academic matters.
  • Implement hiring, training, and the faculty/staff development and evaluation.
  • Plan/implement professional development opportunities for faculty and academic staff, including in-services prior to fall and spring semesters.
  • Represent OPSU on the Council of Instruction at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and at other professional groups as necessary.
  • Coordinate scheduling on-campus and off-campus courses.
  • Must have a strong work ethic and lead by example.
  • Must be a professional, credible and respected representative of the institution internally and in the community
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to act ethically and socially responsible
  • Must be able to lift more than 25-lb. objects; frequent bending, stooping, and walking.
  • Ability to communicate in a courteous manner
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the President.
  • Can be exposed to a variety of weather conditions for periods of time.


  • QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of curriculum development and planning. Knowledge of the integration of technology into instruction. Ability to effectively manage staff including planning, organizing, supervising, and evaluation of personnel and program objectives. Ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing. Demonstrate excellent critical thinking skills. Ability to meet deadlines and perform a variety of tasks under pressure.
  • Must be self-motivated, be self-directed, and work independently. Excellent organization and coordination abilities, including the ability to plan, organize and supervise a variety of activities and events. Demonstrate an understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, and disability backgrounds of university students. Adhere to principles of trust, teamwork, and collaboration. Possess strong management and interpersonal skills. Demonstrate history of professionalism and ethical behavior.

About Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU): OPSU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is the first public Hispanic Serving Institution in Oklahoma. The university is a baccalaureate degree granting institution located in Goodwell, Oklahoma. Rooted in “Progress through Knowledge,” OPSU is committed to promoting excellence in the preparation of students for success in a global community. Our university achieved multiple rankings by the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings: #3 Best Value Regional Colleges West; #8 Top Public Colleges for the Western Region; and #17 Best Regional Colleges West. U.S New and World Report also recognized OPSU as one of the top ten universities in Oklahoma, standing out of our affordable tuition rates.