Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost invites nominations and applications for the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (SVPFA). Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, the SVPFA serves as the primary advisor to the Executive Vice President and Provost on faculty affairs. Working with deans, associate deans, department chairs, directors, Faculty Council, and others, the SVPFA provides leadership to campus on faculty recruitment and retention, professional development, performance management, and the employment climate for faculty. The SVPFA ensures that policies and procedures affecting faculty are fairly and consistently applied across campus. The SVPFA is a 100 percent A&P appointment.

Essential functions of the position include:

  • Faculty Development: Develop and administer faculty development programming, including the annual Academic Leadership Symposium, New Academic Leaders Workshop, Executive Management and Leadership Program, department chair programming, promotion and tenure guidance, and retirement planning resources. Administer the Harrington Faculty Fellowship Program.
  • Performance Management: Oversee policies and procedures related to performance management, including promotion and tenure, annual evaluation, mid-probationary review, and comprehensive periodic review. Working closely with academic units, develop and promote evidence-based culture around faculty performance management. Coordinate decanal six-year review process. Supervise the Vice Provost for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and Faculty Ombuds.
  • Recruitment and Retention: Oversee policies and procedures related to faculty recruitment and retention. Through Academic Personnel Services (APS), review and approve faculty personnel actions, including tenured hire recommendations, retention packages, spousal/partner hiring proposals, phased-retirement contracts, and emeritus recommendations. Working with the Vice Provost for Diversity, ensure a coordinated institutional approach to enhancing faculty diversity and inclusion. Coordinate decanal recruitment process.
  • Faculty Employment Climate: Develop and maintain policies, resources, and programming that encourage a competitive, family-friendly, and inclusive employment climate for faculty. Monitor internal and national trends for significant issues affecting the professoriate and ensure that the university is an attractive employer for the best faculty. Collaborate closely with the Vice Provost for Diversity on faculty diversity, inclusion, and gender equity issues.

Required Qualifications

Full professor with tenure at UT Austin; administrative experience with broad exposure to instructional, research, and support activities; experience dealing with faculty academic appointments; strong interpersonal skills and experience in building collaborative teams. Commitment to principles and practices of shared governance; commitment to fostering diversity among faculty; broad knowledge of issues in higher education.

Application Instructions

Search Committee Members

Lynn Crismon, Pharm.D.

Dean and Professor, College of Pharmacy
James T. Doluisio Regents Chair in Pharmacy
Behrens Inc. Centennial Professor in Pharmacy

Charlotte Canning, Ph.D.

Chair, Faculty Council
Professor, College of Fine Arts
Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor in Drama
Fellow of E. W. Doty Professorship in Fine Arts
Distinguished Teaching Professor

Eric Hirst, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor, Red McCombs School of Business
King Ranch Chair for Business Leadership
The John Arch White Professor in Business

Cynthia LaBrake, Ph.D.

Professor of Instruction, College of Natural Sciences
Provosts Teaching Fellows

Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Cockrell School of Engineering
Cockrell Family Chair for Departmental Leadership #1
Fletcher Stuckey Pratt Chair in Engineering

Mary Steinhardt, Ed.D.

Faculty Ombuds, Office of the General Faculty
Professor, College of Education
Distinguished Teaching Professor

David Wolcott

Chief of Staff, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost