Vice President for Academic Affairs

Description of Job

Edgewood College, located in Madison, WI and rooted in the Dominican Catholic Intellectual Tradition, announces the search for a Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) to oversee educational policies and the curriculum, academic programs and support services, scholarly activity, and academic and related budget and personnel. 

Reporting to the President of the College, the VPAA serves as the chief academic officer and a member of the President’s Cabinet, together leading the College toward fulfillment of its mission while living and promoting the values of Edgewood College’s sponsor, the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. 

The VPAA assures academic quality, fosters the growth of existing academic programs, and leads the development of academic initiatives with a vision that stresses partnership, collaboration, inclusion, and excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship.


  • Provides strong, dynamic academic and administrative leadership, fostering an environment that encourages teaching and learning excellence, scholarship, and service.
  • Ensures that long-range planning and development of curriculum, programs, and delivery methods advance our mission and provide for the long-term growth and success of the college.
  • Provides ethical and collaborative academic leadership—exemplary of our Sinsinawa Dominican heritage and values—in developing an academic vision and executing an academic strategic plan informed and guided by the Dominican Catholic intellectual tradition.
  • Oversees the processes of hiring, evaluation, tenure, and promotion of faculty and assures that these processes are informed and guided by our Sinsinawa Dominican values that commit us to excellence, fairness, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Works in partnership with the faculty through the university’s faculty governance system as provided in the Faculty Association Bylaws.
  • Provides leadership in the areas of: professional development and growth for faculty and staff; curriculum planning, development and assessment of student learning outcomes; policy development and implementation; and other initiatives that further advance the mission of the College.
  • Organizes all academic activities from a student-centered perspective, recognizing that Edgewood College students are diverse in age, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, economic background, educational objectives, degree level, personal experience, and in other ways. 
  • Works collaboratively to create and enforce academic policies and systems that promote the success of all students at Edgewood College.
  • Looks for ways and partners with the advancement team to make an Edgewood College education as affordable for our students as possible while providing the highest-quality student learning experience.
  • Facilitates strategic partnerships with other colleges and universities, employers, and other stakeholders for the benefit of Edgewood College students.
  • Serves as primary liaison to the Board of Trustees for academic matters and serves ex officio on the Institutional Mission Council of the Board of Trustees.

Job Qualifications

Necessary Education or Work Experience

  • Earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning;
  • Exemplary administrative experience at the level of dean, director and/or vice president; 
  • Successful record of leadership and accomplishment in
    • strategic planning;
    • faculty leadership and personnel administration;
    • budget development and management;
    • curriculum design and new program development; and
    • improving educational outcomes and student retention;
  • Established record of successful revenue and expense budgeting of academic programs;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with faculty on curriculum development and faculty governance;
  • Established record of successfully promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in hiring, curriculum, and student experience; and
  • Experience working with the community, alumni, and external stakeholders in creating opportunities for students.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Outstanding public and interpersonal communication and presentation skills;
  • Creativity, entrepreneurialism, and strategic thinking;
  • An ability to build consensus, resolve difficult issues, and foster partnership and community
  • Participate in and partner with campus, local and national committees and organizations.
  • Strong record of teaching and scholarship and commitment to actively support the mission and identity of a Catholic college. 
  • Knowledge of educational technologies, including distance and online learning

We Offer

Excellent health/dental and medical savings plans and a benefit package including 403(b) Retirement Plan, generous vacation, holiday, personal and sick days, and tuition reimbursement.

Other Qualifications

Edgewood College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence — the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values — truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.

Application & Selection Process

To assure best consideration, applications should be received by August 8, 2020. The application must include a letter of interest; a current resume; and the names of five professional references with each person's position, professional relationship to you, e-mail address, and telephone number.  References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of the candidate.  Reply to:


Office of the President
Edgewood College
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53711
Equal Opportunity Employer