Search: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Three finalists have been named for Angelo State University’s position of provost and vice president for academic affairs and will visit campus for interviews Nov. 12-14.
The finalists and their campus visit schedules are as follows:
Dr. Donald Topliff
Dean, College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering at West Texas A&M
Campus visit: Nov. 12. See Campus Visit Schedule.
Dr. James Nelson
Dean, College of Engineering at the University of Texas–Tyler
Campus visit: Nov. 13. See Campus Visit Schedule.
Dr. Stephan Nix
Dean, Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University–Kingsville
Campus visit: Nov. 14. See Campus Visit Schedule.
During their visits, the candidates will tour the campus and meet with search committee members and President Brian J. May, as well as students, faculty and staff.
ASU’s provost finalists were announced by search committee co-chairs Dr. Javier Flores, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, and Dr. Heather J. Braden, associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and president of the ASU Faculty Senate.
More About the Finalists
Dr. Donald Topliff
Topliff has extensive administrative experience at West Texas A&M, where he also previously served as associate dean of the College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering, head of the Department of Agricultural Sciences and interim head of the Department of Mathematics. In his current position, Topliff oversaw reaccreditation of the mechanical engineering program in 2012 and is supervising the civil engineering program’s current reaccreditation. He also negotiated with Underwriter’s Laboratories to establish a wind turbine testing, development and certification center that is expected to become an international test site for UL certification. He earned an A.A.S. in agriculture at Colby Community College and a B.S. in agriculture from Kansas State University. He also holds a M.S. in animal science and a Ph.D. in animal nutrition from Texas A&M University.
Dr. James Nelson
In addition to his current position at UT-Tyler, Nelson has also held administrative posts at Western Michigan University and Clemson University. He implemented the Clemson University graduate engineering programs, the B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering programs at Western Michigan, and most recently the Department of Civil Engineering at UT-Tyler, including the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Prior to entering academia, Nelson was an engineer for companies such as Exxon and Brown & Root. He earned his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Dayton and his M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Houston.
Dr. Stephan Nix
Prior to his current dean’s post at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Nix also held administrative, teaching and research positions in engineering programs at the University of North Florida, Florida Atlantic University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Alabama and Syracuse University. Before moving into academia, he was an associate scientist for Breedlove Associates in Gainesville, Fla. He is also a certified and registered hydrologist with the American Institute of Hydrology and served as president of that organization from 2013-14. He earned his B.S. in engineering science with honors, as well as his Master of Engineering and Ph.D. in environmental engineering sciences, from the University of Florida.
About the Position
Under the leadership of President Dr. Brian J. May, Angelo State University seeks an accomplished and dynamic academic leader to serve as Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will play a key role in leading the faculty and community in concert with the University’s strategic plan (Vision 20/20), providing vision and direction for enhancing student success, academic programs, and curricular innovation.
Angelo State University is a dynamic institution of higher education long recognized for its strong academic programs, its technological sophistication and its nurturing environment, which helps all students—including many first-generation college attendees—attain their full potential.
As a comprehensive university and a member of the Texas Tech University System, Angelo State has built a national reputation, being selected by the prestigious Princeton Review as one of the “Best Colleges” nationally for five consecutive years since 2010. One of the nation’s most prominent college guides, Princeton Review is the only major one that surveys students for their opinions before publishing its college recommendations. ASU is one of only three state-supported institutions in Texas to make the list each year since 2010. Since 2009 ASU has also been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
Academically, the university is organized with six colleges—Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Freshman College; and Graduate Studies—as well as 19 academic departments. Those departments offer 40 undergraduate degrees, 20 master’s degrees and one doctoral degree with more than 100 majors and concentrations. Additionally, ASU provides options for a variety of pre-professional and four-plus-one programs.
The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs reports to the President, is a member of the executive cabinet, and is responsible for enriching and expanding the academic programs while engaging with the faculty and stakeholders to foster an integrative learning environment. The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs leads the University’s six academic colleges, library, center for community engagement, center for international studies, center for security studies, undergraduate research, and the honors program.
The successful candidate will be an accomplished scholar, educator, and administrator, with a terminal degree, and qualifications commensurate for tenure as a full professor. Candidates should also possess:
- A commitment to shared governance and collegial problem solving;
- Excellent leadership, management, and communication skills;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and creatively with faculty to promote the goals of the university;
- A proven record of appointing, developing, and mentoring faculty;
- An ability to be an articulate and persuasive interpreter of the university’s mission and curriculum to its varied constituencies;
- Prior successful experience in strategic planning, budgeting and assessment;
- An ability to collaborate effectively with other university leaders, especially cabinet members;
- An understanding of resource development and partnership with the advancement office;
- An ability to craft creative, pragmatic solutions that will advance the institution.
Qualified candidates may submit their cover letter and curriculum vitae or resume online by using ASU’s Job Postings website. Please write your cover letter to the attention of Dr. Heather Braden, Provost Search Committee Co-Chair. Please apply by October 1, 2014, however, resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Nominations and expressions of interest may be sent in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org . Appointment start date will be contingent upon the selected candidate’s availability.
Angelo State University is an equal opportunity employer.
ASU Provost Search Committee
A 12-member search committee has been approved by Angelo State University President Brian J. May to make recommendations for a new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs with the goal of filling the position by the end of the year.
Dr. Javier Flores, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and Dr. Heather Braden, associate professor of physical therapy and president of the Faculty Senate, will serve as co-chairs of the committee.
Other committee members from ASU are Dr. Adria Battaglia, assistant professor of communication; Doug Fox, Associate Vice President, Information Technology; Dr. Kim Livengood, associate professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Dr. John Miazga, dean, College of Education; Dr. Charles A. Pier, chair, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance; Dr. Ken Stewart, professor of sociology; Dr. Russell Wilke, chair, Department of Biology; and Jared Goecker, president, Student Government Association.
Texas Tech University System Regent Nancy Neal is also a search committee member.
Upon conclusion of the search, committee members will submit their recommendation to the President for his review and action. The goal is to fill the position by Jan. 1, 2015. Dr. Nancy Allen will continue to serve as interim provost, a position she has held since Dr. May, the previous Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, was appointed ASU president in November of 2012.
The search process will include a review of the job description for the position that serves as ASU’s chief academic officer and is second in command to the President. The position will be advertised nationally. Applicants will be reviewed by the committee, which will determine those qualified for interviews by phone and on campus. The committee will then make its recommendation to the President for consideration.