Provost search

Washburn University is conducting a national search for its next chief academic officer. The Provost oversees the institution's academic affairs, works with the Washburn University Board of Regents and is a key member of the President's Cabinet. This leader is expected to be a presence on and off campus, interacting with broad constituencies and representing Washburn in the community. Washburn is looking for a candidate who creates a working environment that is marked by professionalism, collaboration, trust, collegiality, respect, action, innovation and inclusion.
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Role of the Provost

The Provost's responsibilities encompass all Washburn colleges and schools including Washburn Tech; all certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs; interdisciplinary programs including leadershiphonors and LINC (learning in the community)international programs; the Sponsored Projects Office; Center for Teaching Excellence; KTWU (the University's public television station) and, in partnership with the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean for Student Success and Libraries, executes our University student success programs and oversees the University's libraries. The University offers more than 200 undergraduate educational pathways, an honors program and graduate programs.

This position also works closely with the Washburn Board of Regents when considering academic matters pertaining to the teaching, scholarship and public service programs of the university, as well as matters related to student success, accreditation, educational policies, budgets, academic integrity and excellence. In addition, the Provost is responsible for representing Washburn as required for coordination at the Kansas Board of Regents and oversees university accreditation. 

The Search Committee invites letters of interest and nominations to be submitted directly to the search firm, Anthem Executive. Correspondence should include a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submit materials to Michael Ballew, Scott Watson, JR Wheless, or Florene Stawowy at: 

While applications and nominations may be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible to assure consideration. The deadline for applications is September 22, 2023; however, Anthem and the University reserve the right to end or extend the application and nomination process following this date. Expressing interest is the first step in receiving consideration and does not make one an applicant for the position.

Full job description

  • Jim Martin (Chair) – Henrietta and G.W. Snyder Jr. Professorship in Business/Sr. Lecturer School of Business
  • Tonya Ricklefs – Faculty Senate President, Associate Professor/Bachelor of Social Work Field Education Director - School of Applied Studies
  • John Mullican – Professor & Chair Biology - College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sarah Cook – Associate Professor & Chair Mathematics and Statistics - College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jim Schnoebelen – Professor Communication Studies/Chair College of Arts & Sciences
  • Kerry Wynn – Professor of History and Director of the Honors Program
  • Craig Treinen – Associate Professor & Chair Department of Music and Theatre
  • Jeff Jackson – Professor/Interim Dean School of Law
  • Melanie Worsley – Associate Dean School of Applied Studies/Professor/Director Virtual Training Sim Lab
  • Debbie Isaacson – Associate Dean/Assistant Professor School of Nursing
  • Eric Grospitch – Vice President for Student Life
  • Kelly Erby – Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences/Professor History
  • Chaz Havens – Assistant Dean Instructional Services - Washburn Tech
  • Sean Bird – Senior Associate Dean Mabee Library
  • Jennifer Ball – Associate Provost for Compliance, Accreditation, Governance Corrections/Professor Economics
  • Michelle Godinet – Title IX Equal Opportunity Director

Nearly 7,000 students

Courses are offered on a 160-acre traditional residential campus, two technical education campuses and via distance learning. Virtual tour

More than 200 programs

Programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, Washburn Institute of Technology, the Schools of Applied Studies, Business, Law and Nursing. Areas of study

An open access institution

As a public, municipal, open-access institution, Washburn is proud to offer an affordable, quality education that helps all types of students. 

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