Sul Ross State University

Position Description


Official Title:  Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Job Code:  1200 

Salary Group:  Unclassified (14)


Function:  Chief academic and student affairs officer of the University.

Scope:  All areas pertaining to the academic and student affairs programs of the University


Academic Affairs Essential:  General supervision at the Alpine and Rio Grande College campuses for faculty recruiting, faculty hiring policies, tenure considerations and promotions, faculty salary administration, academic program development, curriculum review, sponsored programs and research, institutional effectiveness and research, graduate studies, learning resources, distance and on-line learning, and specified research or outreach institutes including the Wildenthal Memorial Library, the Museum of the Big Bend, and the Center for Big Bend Studies.  Oversight of University Catalog, Faculty Handbook and class schedules.  Coordination of budget preparation and oversight in all academic affairs areas. Establish and review short- and long-term general and overarching academic strategic goals; lead the establishment and implementation of academic policies and practices in collaboration with the academic and administrative deans, including the assessment of student learning outcomes and institutional effectiveness; and review and recommend academic programs for eliminating or merging based on low productivity.  Oversight of Commencement and Honors Convocation.  Other areas of responsibility include Educational and Cultural Resources, the University Registrar, and the Title V Grant. Responsible for personal safety and the safety of others, exercising due caution and practice safe work habits at all times.  Other duties as assigned by the President.

Student Affairs Essential:  Overall responsibility for providing leadership, management, and supervision to the Student Affairs Division which includes: Residential Living, Student Life, Counseling and Accessibility Services, Campus Activities, University Police Department, Recreation Sports, Student Support Services,  Compliance (non-Title IV), Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, Recruiting, and New Student Programs. Collaborate with counterparts in other relevant departments to develop extracurricular programming that broadens and enhances the undergraduate and graduate student experience in all modalities.

Non-Essential:  Attend various meetings as representative of Sul Ross State University


Received:  Reports to the President.

Given:  Oversees the Academic Deans, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Associate Vice President for Student Engagement, the Dean of Educational and Cultural Resources, the Dean of Sponsored Programs and Research, and Administrative Support Staff.


Required:  Terminal degree in field taught at Sul Ross State University or related field.


Required: At least ten years of experience in higher education. Strong leader, mentor, a relationship builder, a reliable colleague, and possess the ability to manage details of the student experiences while maintaining a clear sense of the broader institutional context.

Preferred: At least ten years of experience in higher education administration preferably with experience as an academic dean or with an executive leadership role within the provost’s division.


Required:  Strong administrative skills including experience with budgeting and supervision, word processing, university teaching; ability to work with individuals in diverse academic areas.

Working Conditions

Usual:  Eight hour work day, forty hours per week with some early or late hours weekly depending on workload.  Attendance at various University and community activities.  Exempt from overtime provisions.  Position is Security Sensitive.

Special: Weekend meetings as needed, regular attendance at University activities at night and on weekends.

Any qualifications to be considered in lieu of stated minimums require the prior approval of the Human Resources Director.

Date revised: May 2021