Provost and Senior Vice President For Academic Affairs, UH Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UH System
he University of Houston (UH) and the UH System seek a new Provost and Senior Vice President/Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. This is a dual role that serves as the Chief Academic Officer for both the System and the flagship campus. This
position requires a dynamic higher education professional prepared to elevate academic affairs to the highest levels for a university on the move.
University of Houston was designated a Tier One public research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and is included in the annual Top American Research Universities (TARU) list of Top 50 public institutions. It was named one of the nation’s best universities for undergraduates by The Princeton Review, as well as a “Best Value College,” and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best higher education institutions in the nation. The Chronicle of Higher Education included UH on its list of “Great Colleges to Work For” in 2011 and 2012.
These achievements drive our journey to reach even higher levels in student success; nationally and internationally acclaimed research; premier academic programs, and community enrichment.
University of Houston’s Pursuit of Excellence In January 2008, when she assumed the presidency, President Renu Khator launched a “100 Days” drive to gather input on how to help the University of Houston move to Tier One status. More than 12,000 suggestions were received from UH students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as donors, friends, and civic and community leaders. These suggestions were categorized and prioritized, and several themes emerged that were identified as key goals and initiatives of broad interest and importance. After a series of meetings, retreats, and open forums six strategic goals were adopted by the UH System Board of Regents: 1. National Competitiveness: UH will become a nationally competitive public research university as measured by the Top American Research Universities Report (TARU) and/or Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 2. Student Success: UH will have a student profile consistent with a nationally competitive public research university by creating an environment in which student success can be ensured. 3. Community Advancement: UH will commit to fulfilling regional and state workforce needs while becoming the primary engine of social, economic, and intellectual development. 4. Athletic Competitiveness: UH will provide a comprehensive educational experience to its students and within this context, it will seek to build the strongest athletics program possible. 5. National and Local Recognition: UH will be known for its accomplishments locally and nationally. 6. Resource Competitiveness: UH will build a resource base that enables it to accomplish its mission and realize its vision. Chancellor / President Renu Khator
Implementation is well under way, led by campus-wide committees and measured through regular, systematic progress reports. UH seeks a talented, experienced academic affairs leader to join this ambitious effort and support these strategic goals. President Khator and the UHS/UH leadership team have invested in staff and infrastructure to support a dynamic, competitive academic affairs office commensurate with a Tier One research university.
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON OVERVIEW
MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the University of Houston is to offer nationally competitive and internationally recognized opportunities for learning, discovery and engagement to a diverse population of students in a real-world setting. The University of Houston offers a full range of degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and professional levels and pursues a broad agenda of research and creative activities. As a knowledge resource to the public, the university builds partnerships with other educational institutions, community organizations, government agencies, and the private sector to serve the region and impact the world. CAMPUS Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the leading public research university in the vibrant international city of Houston. It is a member institution of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex, and has forged more than 300 partnerships with corporations and government agencies in the nation’s energy capital. Each year, we educate more than 40,750 students in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, on campus and online. Each year, UH awards more than 8,000 degrees and has more than 200,000 alumni. The University of Houston is the flagship of The University of Houston System serving more than 65,000 students enrolled in four universities, two branch campuses and four regional teaching centers. The University of Houston System has a $3.1 billion impact on the greater Houston area annually. STUDENTS The University of Houston System serves 65,000 students, with 40,759 students at the flagship University of Houston. UH is nationally ranked for the quality of its undergraduate education by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. One third of the freshman class of 2012 graduated in the Top 10% of their high school class, with a very competitive average SAT score of 1134. Academic excellence attracts young, brilliant minds on every socio-economic level. UH is ranked second in the nation for diversity and designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American Serving Institution (AASI), by the U.S. Department of Education. RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER Our faculty and students conduct research through more than 30 research centers and in every academic department. UH research regularly breaks new ground and opens doors to new ways of understanding the world. The university’s total research expenditures rose to $113.7 million last year. In 2008, UH received $1.1 million in royalty and licensing income and in 2012 that amount increased to $12.5 million. Bringing new discoveries to the marketplace is a top priority. UNIVERSITY GOVERNANCE The governance organizations at the University of Houston central campus include the Faculty Senate, the Undergraduate Committee of the Faculty Senate, Research Council, Graduate and Professional Studies Council, Staff Council, University Coordinating Commission and the Student Government Association.
The Role of Provost and Senior Vice President/ Senior Vice Chancellor The Provost and Senior Vice President/Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is the Chief Academic Officer and as such provides vision, leadership, and support for the Academic Affairs enterprise at the University of Houston and the University of Houston System. The Provost and Senior Vice President/Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is responsible for promoting a rich intellectual life, creating an active learning environment, enhancing teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity. The Provost and Senior Vice President/Senior Vice Chancellor is further responsible for fostering student success and ensuring the diversity of the institution and System is enhanced and celebrated. The Provost and Senior Vice President/Senior Vice Chancellor reports to the System Chancellor and University of Houston President and is the senior member of the President’s Cabinet. RESPONSIBILITIES The role requires cross-functional and University-wide leadership to accomplish the Tier One strategic goals of the institution and the metropolitan serving goals of the System. The Provost and Senior Vice President/Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will: • Promote academic excellence at the University of Houston through the establishment of academic priorities, the supervision of the Deans of the 13 colleges, the development of innovative programs in undergraduate education, graduate education, continuing and online education and global education, as well as faculty affairs and faculty development, institutional planning and research, academic technology, and the libraries. • Provide academic leadership for the four UH System universities that results in optimal coordination and collaboration in the academic enterprise. • Oversee all System and University matters relating to academic policy, academic personnel and programs, academic resource allocation, and academic matters relating to intra-system cooperation. • Articulate a compelling yet pragmatic vision and strategic direction for Academic Affairs and, in consultation with the President/Chancellor, lead its implementation. • Manage the organizational structure of the academic enterprise, including defining and articulating the roles and responsibilities of the major academic leaders and holding them accountable for the delivery of programs and services designed to foster student success. • Manage all faculty matters including recruitment, appointment, retention, promotion, tenure, grievances, and faculty development leaves. • Provide leadership to encourage and facilitate teaching, research and creative academic program development throughout the University while making use of new learning technologies and methods. • Advance the role of graduate education at the University and coordinate activities associated with graduate programs across the System. • Participate in shared governance across the University including faculty, students, and staff. Serve as the principal liaison with faculty through the Faculty Senate. • Support student success and learning through many University venues including assessment, curricular activities, and co-curricular opportunities.
• Manage fiscal resources and budgetary processes within the University’s academic units in alignment with the University’s Tier One strategic initiatives. • Support the University’s research agenda in partnership with the Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer. • Promote diversity and inclusion in all matters of the University’s affairs. • Represent the University and facilitate partnerships among a variety of external constituents, including alumni and donors, government and civic officials, and business and community leaders • Lead and participate in a collaborative executive administrative team that models institutional values of cooperation and collegiality. • Work closely with the Academic and Student Success Committee of the University of Houston System Board of Regents which includes presentation of proposals for the establishment of new programs and degrees. • Serve as liaison on academic matters to the University of Houston System Board of Regents and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Desired Qualities, Capacities and Qualifications Candidates for the position of Provost and Senior Vice President/Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will possess an earned doctorate or other terminal degree; a distinguished record of teaching, research, scholarship, and service commensurate with appointment to the rank of full professor with tenure at a major research university; a demonstrated record of sustained senior academic leadership and administrative experience at a Tier One university; and a tacit understanding of the subtleties of serving both as the chief executive of a single institution while serving as the senior academic officer for a fourcampus public system of higher education.
Budget Numbers • The UH System operating budget and captial facilities budget for FY2013 is $1.5 billion. The annual debt service for UH System is $63.8 million. • The endowment for UH is $579 million, with $452 million held by UH, $81 million held by the UH Foundation and the remainder by other affiliated foundations. • The FY2013 budget for the Division of Academic Affairs at UH is $577 million.
In the past five years, the University of Houston and the University of Houston System have been on a transformational trajectory. Consequently, the ideal candidate for this position will possess and successfully demonstrate the majority of the following qualities and capabilities: Performance Accomplishments • Demonstrated evidence of transformational leadership in higher education • Experience and success in creating a vision and implementing a strategic plan for the academic enterprise of a Tier One research university, academic division, or college • Proven track record of effective leadership, interaction, communication, and support for faculty including a history of effective, high-caliber and diverse hiring decisions • Demonstrated familiarity with effective strategies and implementation of initiatives focused on student success • Demonstrated understanding of the operations of a comprehensive research institution • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex academic organization and administrative team and to work effectively with colleagues across divisions and institutions 5
• Proven track record in supporting internationalization, interdisciplinary collaboration, co-curricular engagement and learning opportunities, and the use of technology to complement instruction and learning Personal Attributes • Student-centered • Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills • High level of integrity and devotion to ethical behavior • Collegial, consultative, collaborative, yet decisive management style • Understanding and demonstrated commitment to accountability and transparency • Strong analytical skills and ability to identify the issues and develop effective solutions • Fair-minded, proactive, responsive, pragmatic, and accessible • Understanding of and belief in the values associated with diversity and multiculturalism • Dedicated to shared governance • Ability to inspire others and sustain passion for their work • Capacity to forge and nurture partnerships through public service and community outreach
Colleges / Libraries Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture The College of Architecture is enhanced by the strength of its graduate programs and the realignment of graduate and undergraduate curricula. With 24 full-time and 41 part-time faculty members, the college has re-packaged its graduate offerings (66 students) and is working on new degree directions in architecture. A new Master of Science in Industrial Design program will begin in fall 2013 (pending Coordinating Board approval). At the undergraduate level (575 students), the college offers a technical knowledge sequence that integrates technology into its studio offerings. With undergraduate programs in industrial design, interior architecture, as well as architecture, the college is capitalizing on the synergy of combining and overlapping the degree programs – preparing students to take advantage of evolving professions. The college has added three international programs: the Pan-American International Study program, the Pan-Asian International Study program and a program in Northern Europe to complement its long-standing international study program in the Tuscany region of Italy. These programs are open to graduate and undergraduate students.
The college is engaging in a three-continent studio with Buenos Aires, Delft, New Orleans and Houston to study the urban delta and plans to produce a book, video and exhibition that will travel across the three continents in 2014. The college’s award-winning Community Design Resource Center is expanding its reach throughout Houston. The Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture program has formed the Advanced Spatial Design research group (first students accepted in 2011). Its Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design is the only ID program in a four-state region. Its director, Professor EunSook Kwon, is recognized as one of the top 25 educators in the country. arch.uh.edu C.T. Bauer College of Business The C. T. Bauer College of Business is one of the nation’s leading business schools, offering a comprehensive portfolio of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in business. Supporting a student body of 4,271 undergraduates and 1,526 graduates is a faculty numbering 188, including 84 full-time tenure track, 58 full-time non-tenure track and 46 part-time members. The Bauer College has been in operation for 70 years and is the only business school in Houston offering bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. Its global footprint expands to China, Dubai and India. Bauer houses five academic departments and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Programs in entrepreneurship, energy, sales, management information systems and supply chain management garner recognition from recruiters and rankings groups. Bauer faculty research ranks in the top 40 based on UT Dallas research productivity rankings. Bauer alumni power the global economy, with a base of more than 40,000 in the Houston area alone. The college’s programs are nationally recognized, ranked by BusinessWeek, The Princeton Review, Financial Times and U.S. News & World Report among the best. In 2000, Charles T. “Ted” Bauer gifted $40 million to name Bauer College. His gift has been used to hire world-class faculty, develop innovative curricula and establish unique programs to bring together students and the business community. bauer.uh.edu College of Education The College of Education enrolls approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Its mission is to create future leaders in teaching, counseling, educational psychology and educational leadership. The college works to shape and staff educational systems that are responsive to a rapidly changing society. It offers students the opportunity to learn about recent educational developments in a diverse urban setting, as well as benefit from innovative programs in the human services and health science fields through collaborations with top health, cultural, technical and educational institutions across the greater Houston community. In addition to its award-winning Teacher Education Program, the college prepares counseling and school psychologists, who become research leaders across the nation; fights the nation’s obesity epidemic through innovative research; designed a classroom management system implemented in Houston, other major U.S. cities and around the world; developed novel approaches to identifying and nurturing giftedness in all children; offers real-world training for future teachers and solutions to teacher and principal shortages. The college also offers grant programs designed to produce highly qualified teachers in the high-needs areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), including teachHouston, a program offered in collaboration with the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. coe.uh.edu
Cullen College of Engineering The Cullen College of Engineering enrolls more than 3,250 students in engineering courses—2,569 undergraduates as well as 710 masters and doctoral students in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical and petroleum engineering. The college also offers specialty graduate programs in aerospace, materials, and computer and systems engineering. Chemical and mechanical engineering have ranked among the top programs nationally. The college is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, is strategically located in the corridor of the global energy industry, the world’s largest medical center, NASA, the Port of Houston, numerous biotech start-up companies and Fortune 500 corporations. Responding to the needs of the vast petroleum engineering community in Houston, it recently launched a certificate program in Subsea Engineering, the first program of its kind in the United States. And, it offers a newly launched Honors Engineering Program for engineering students studying in The Honors College. The college’s 105 tenured/tenure-track faculty members contribute greatly to UH research activity that is ranked in the highest category by the Carnegie Foundation. The college has annual research expenditures of more than $22 million, with a number of nationally recognized centers, like the Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center, the UH Nanofabrication Facility and the NSF-funded National Center for Laser Airborne Mapping. The college also is affiliated with the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH, an internationally recognized center for materials research. The college’s distinguished faculty members are active scholars. Ten of these faculty members are members of the National Academy of Engineering. egr.uh.edu Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management A world leader in hospitality education, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management is preparing the service leaders of tomorrow. As of fall 2012, the college had 1,181 students. There were 90 students in its M.S. in Hospitality Management and 1,091 in the B.S. of Hotel and Restaurant Management programs. About 17 percent of its students are international students. The college faculty is composed of five professors, two associate professors, eight assistant professors, one post doc and 13 full-time instructors. The college has consistently been recognized as one of the top five hospitality programs in the country. In the last published study (2003) it was ranked number three. Hospitality management programs are housed in their own college, a school within a college or a department in a variety of different colleges. Thus, it becomes difficult to have a reliable national rating of programs. Over the past 10 years the college has been increasing its entrance requirements to increase the quality of the students. During this time the college also has recruited a strong group of assistant professors who regularly publish in Social Sciences Citation Index journals. The research opportunities for a college of hospitality management are limited. Two years ago the college hired a post doc to work with its food scientist. They have been successful in gaining smaller grants. The college recently upgraded the food science laboratory to a biological safety level 2 laboratory that will increase its ability to gain grants. www.hrm.uh.edu
Honors College The Honors College serves the entire University community, working with academic departments, disciplinary colleges and student services across campus to provide enhanced learning opportunities— such as study abroad and undergraduate research—and a diverse, yet coherent, Honors curriculum. The college supports the core-curricular needs of its 1,678 students through a required great books sequence (“The Human Situation: Antiquity and Modernity”) as well as honors courses in history, biology, calculus, government, the humanities and the social sciences. Students in the Honors College benefit from “dual citizenship” with their major departments and complete degrees in business and engineering as well as arts and sciences. In a few years the new Honors Program in the Health Professions, supporting the Honors Biomedical Sciences degree, promises to be the largest component of the college. The college coordinates on-campus housing and provides scholarships, programming and advising for all Honors students, including 57 UH Terry Scholars, 135 Tier One Scholars, 76 National Merit Scholars and 31 students in the Houston Premedical Academy. The Honors College does not offer baccalaureate degrees but does offer three interdisciplinary minors, currently enrolling 283 students, through the Center for Creative Work, the Phronesis Program in Politics and Ethics, and the Medicine and Society Program. The Office of Undergraduate Research coordinates and facilitates mentored research across the campus. The College shares both faculty and students with other departments on campus. The Honors College has 10 shared, tenure-line faculty (four named chairs or professorships), six instructional faculty, seven fulltime visiting faculty and 10 part-time lecturers. Honors also works with other departments and faculty to offer Honors courses in all major disciplines. uh.edu/honors Law Center The Law Center, the leading law school in the nation’s fifth-largest legal market, enrolls more than 800 students in its degree programs. It offers J.D., LL.M. and “concurrent” degrees that allow students to obtain two degrees in less time than individual programs would require. The Law Center is ranked No. 57 among the nearly 200 law schools in the United States, and it is one of only eight public law schools that offer multiple ‘Top 10’ programs. Cost is an important consideration for any prospective law student – and the Law Center’s tuition and fees compare favorably with peer schools in the region and throughout the nation. The Law Center is truly a “global” school and is well connected with the international legal and education communities. The international activities of its faculty include visiting professorships, publications in foreign journals, and participation in international symposia and conferences. The Law Center has an outstanding faculty assisted by a large and experienced group of adjunct professors. Currently, its faculty members have written about 80 books and published nearly 200 articles in leading law journals and other publications. The Law Center has more than 13,000 alumni, and about 56 percent of them live in the Greater Houston area. More than 700 Law Center alumni belong to its Order of the Coif chapter, an honorary scholastic society that recognizes high achievement among law school graduates. The O’Quinn Law Library includes more than 435,000 volumes, and meets legal information needs with an extensive collection of electronic and traditional resources. law.uh.edu
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences The largest and most diverse of the 13 colleges at the University of Houston, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences houses 16 schools and departments encompassing the humanities; social, behavioral and health-related sciences; and creative and performing arts. It offers 30 undergraduate majors, 25 master’s degrees and 12 doctoral degrees. CLASS also offers a nursing dual-degree program in partnership with the University of Texas Health Science’s School of Nursing. CLASS has 10,002 undergraduate majors, 346 postbaccalaureate students, 585 master’s students and 513 doctoral students. Its faculty is comprised of 320 tenure-line professors and 379 instructional, research and other faculty members. Among them are Fulbright and ACLS Fellows; Grammy-nominated musicians; award-winning, anthologized authors; and NEA, NEH, NIH, NSF and NASA grant awardees. The value of its faculty’s research expenditures exceeded $12.5 million in 2011, and the value of sponsored research awards was nearly $12 million. CLASS faculty teaches 80 percent of UH’s core courses. The college offers social and cultural analysis through interdisciplinary studies programs including African American; Arab; India; Jewish; Mexican American; Religious; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies. CLASS extends its scholarship through its policy, research and art centers. Among these are the Hobby Center for Public Policy; Center for Public History; Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts; University Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic; Texas Obesity Research Center; and the Anxiety Disorder Clinic. uh.edu/class College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) consists of six departments and 193 tenured/ tenure-track faculty members. Enrollment in the college for fall 2012 totaled 5,681 students – 4,301 undergraduate majors, 327 postbaccalaureate students, and 1,053 graduate students, with an overall 1:1 ratio of males to females. The college offers 19 undergraduate, 17 master’s, and 9 Ph.D. degree programs. In fiscal year 2012, annual research expenditures by NSM faculty totaled $33 million. Selected research program activities in NSM include: • Stem cell development of heart tissue and microRNA therapies for breast and ovarian cancer • Nanoparticles for theranostics and drug delivery • Computational and mathematical modeling in medicine, including prediction strategies for heart disease and repair • Keck-funded program for nano-visualization • Advanced initiatives in superconductivity, renewable energy and exploration geophysics • Major DOE, NSF and NIH awards to young faculty in neutrino physics, biophysics, synthetic chemistry, evolutionary biology, and nuclear receptors and cell signaling • Major acquisitions and industrial consortia in earth and atmospheric sciences
NSM has emerged as a research leader in both health and energy. The college enjoys numerous collaborations with the Texas Medical Center and various partnerships with industrial leaders in the energy sector in Houston. Collaborations also exist with researchers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Faculty in the college are nationally and internationally recognized, including two National Academy of Sciences members, 18 NSF Career Award winners, seven Sloan Research Fellows, five Alexander von Humboldt Fellows, four Guggenheim Fellows, two Beckman Young Investigators, a Dreyfus New Faculty awardee and a Humboldt Research Award winner. nsm.uh.edu College of Optometry For more than 50 years, the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) has trained optometrists to provide the highest quality vision and eye care. One of only 20 optometry schools in the United States, UHCO offers a variety of degree programs including: Doctor of Optometry (OD), a combined Doctor of Optometry / Doctor of Philosophy (O.D./Ph.D), Master of Science (M.S.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). In addition to offering an outstanding educational experience and critical preparation for professional or academic optometric careers, UHCO is committed to providing quality vision care to the greater Houston community through the University Eye Institute. This commitment includes providing vision care at three neighborhood clinics. It also offers a Mobile Eye Institute (MEI) to provide much-needed vision care to individuals whose access to vision care is limited or non-existent. In times of crisis, the MEI can be used to provide emergency optometric care. Although the college already ranks among the best optometric institutions in the world, its productivity will be enhanced by the new UH Health and Biomedical Sciences Building, a six-story 167,000-square-foot building that will provide the University with opportunities to collaborate in the health science field. The Molly and Doug Barnes Vision Institute, located on the first two floors, will include an ambulatory surgery center, a laser refractive center, the TSO Alumni Educational Center, laboratories and classrooms. The University will use the remaining floors to house collaborative research and supporting facilities. This new building will lead to unprecedented strides in research across the entire University. opt.uh.edu College of Pharmacy The College of Pharmacy combines the opportunities and experiences of the Texas Medical Center’s renowned health community with the academic resources of the University of Houston. The college’s 40 tenured/tenure-track faculty and 27 non-tenure track/clinical faculty currently teach 82 graduate students and 433 PharmD students. The college offers doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in pharmacology, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry and pharmacy administration as well the professional PharmD degree to be eligible for pharmacist licensure. Combined degrees include the PharmD/MS and PharmD/PhD programs as well as several post-graduate/post-doctoral fellowships and residencies, including a concurrent two-year M.S. residency with six Texas Medical Center hospitals. The college is among the Top 40 U.S. pharmacy colleges of in competitive research funding from the National Institutes of Health, other federal sources, and not-for-profit foundations and associations. A pharmacy professor has one of the most profitable patents in UH history with more than $10 million in UH royalties to date.
Additionally, the college partners with more than 500 licensed pharmacists, many within the Texas Medical Center, to provide clinical training to pharmacy students. During the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, UH pharmacy students provided more than 9,500 flu immunizations within 10 days to residents in the Greater Houston area. pharmacy.uh.edu Graduate College of Social Work The Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) faculty includes individuals whose writings have been considered for the Pulitzer Prize, as well as a 1997 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. The GCSW is the only social work program in the world to have a Nobel laureate on faculty. There are about 350 students enrolled in the MSW program, with an additional 40 students in the Ph.D. program. Students come from all walks of life, numerous states and a number of international countries and they reflect the broad racial and ethnic diversity of our greater community. The college’s academic offerings include the MSW and Ph.D., with dual degree opportunities in business (Master of Business Administration), law (Juris Doctorate) and Public Health (Master of Public Health). Additionally, the college offers certificates in gerontology, political social work and trabajo social. The Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) is a nationally ranked, graduate-only program with approximately 350 MSW and 40 Ph.D. students. The GCSW also sponsors the nationally recognized Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, an undergraduate certificate program that certifies and connects individuals to the nonprofit social services’ community. The GCSW faculty, which totals 20 full-time, 6 part-time and 2 visiting faculty, includes Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams, nationally acclaimed researcher; New York Times bestselling author and speaker Dr. Brené Brown; and the Rev. William Lawson, a national civil rights leader and recognized “Houston legend.” In addition to its national ranking among the top 20 percent of all graduate social work programs nationwide, the GCSW’s gerontology program and political social work program are considered to be among the strongest in the nation. The GCSW, a founding member of the national social work research schools St. Louis Group, is a leading program in research and scholarship. The college’s two primary research centers – Center for Drugs and Social Policy Research and the Child and Family Center for Innovative Research – offer significant support for a growing and robust research infrastructure. Faculty publication rates rank the college in the top 20 social work programs nationwide. The college offers a number of international opportunities including faculty and student exchanges, sponsorship of the Turkish Gulen Institute, and is a lead partner in the Council on Social Work Education’s China Educational Collaboration. uh.edu/socialwork College of Technology The College of Technology is the University of Houston’s fourth-largest and fastest-growing college. Current enrollment in the college is 3,496 undergraduates and 393 graduates — a 141 percent increase overall since fall 2006. A total of 164 faculty members, including 62 full-time and 102 adjunct members, support these students. The college offers 20 Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science degree programs across three departments that span a broad spectrum of disciplines ranging from soft skills to the highly technical. The degree options in the college align with industry and commerce and engage all major sectors of the Houston economy. Ten of these programs are currently accredited by five professional societies with more programs in the pipeline.
The College of Technology is committed to advancing the University of Houston’s status among the nation’s first rank of research universities. Its research is applied and translational and frequently cross-disciplinary, falling outside of the traditional academic boundaries of colleges of Business, Engineering and Natural Science. Much of the college’s research aligns with the UH emphasis on energy and healthcare. Moreover, it has a strong emphasis on supply chain, logistics and transportation topics closely aligned with Houston’s position as a major international port. All of these focus areas are supported by pioneering research in a broad spectrum of technologies, processes and human factors/management associated with the successful development and implementation of technology-based solutions. tech.uh.edu University of Houston Libraries The University Libraries contribute to the success of the University by focusing on the information, teaching and research needs of its students and faculty. As a member of the Association of Research Libraries, it seeks to further the University’s development as a Tier One institution. The Libraries collaborate with faculty and student service units to support student retention initiatives by enabling students to be successful in all areas of learning. Techniques for finding and using information are interwoven into the coursework of lower division students, and personalized research guidance and support are available for upper division and graduate students. The latest technology enables students to accomplish sophisticated tasks and use library resources wherever and whenever needed. With a daily gate count of more than 17,000, the library also provides diverse learning spaces to meet changing needs. Liaison librarians work closely with faculty to support their teaching and research activities by assuring access to the scholarly literature of their fields. A newly created liaison librarian position focuses solely on the needs of the various science research centers and institutes on campus. As research methods evolve in the era of “e-science” the library is developing effective strategies to support this new model – especially with regard to preserving research data and making it accessible.
University of Houston Points of Pride Ranked among the Top 25 campuses in the U.S. with the most international students (Open Doors 2012, Institute for International Education) Named one of the nation’s best colleges in “The Best 377 Colleges, 2013 Edition” (The Princeton Review) Named one of the nation’s best colleges in “Best Colleges 2013” (U.S. News & World Report ) Ranked among 150 institutions nationwide on the list of “Princeton Review Best Value Colleges.” One of only three universities in Texas included (The Princeton Review, 2012, 2013) Only one of three Tier One public research institutions in the nation designated as a HispanicServing Institution (HSI) by the U. S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, and also designated as an Asian-American Serving Institution (U. S. Department of Education, 2012) Ranked among 100 “Great Colleges to Work For” nationwide (The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2011 & 2012) Only one of 10 universities in the nation on the U.S. News Short List for enrolling the most transfer students (U.S. News and World Report, 2012 data) Earns Tier One research university distinction (Research-Very High) from the Carnegie Foundation — one of only three Carnegie-designated Tier One public research universities in Texas (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2011) Ranked 7th in the nation for graduating students with least amount of debt (U.S. News & World Report, College Rankings, 2012) Chosen as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduates (The Princeton Review, 2011) Among the nation’s top 50 public research universities (Top American Research University Report, 2011) A top 50 public research university in endowment assets, National Academy Members and annual giving (Top American Research University Report, 2010) No. 2 most racially/ethnically diverse university in the nation (U.S.News & World Report, 2010, 2011)
City of Houston Houston, the country’s fourth largest city with 2.5 million residents, is a vibrant, international community committed to cultural and commercial progress, with an extraordinary mix of world-class arts, booming business, diverse population and a time-honored spirit of enterprise. • Houston is the nation’s demographic future. In racial and ethnic composition, the Houston of today very much resembles the U.S. nearly 60 years hence. Much like the University of Houston, the city of Houston has a diverse population: 42 percent Anglo; 33 percent Hispanic; 18 percent African American; and 7 percent Asian/Other. • In keeping with its international character, more than 80 languages are spoken in Houston. • Houston ranks as the No. 3 city for Fortune 500 headquarters in Fortune magazine. • Twenty-three companies on the Fortune 500 list call the Energy Capital of the World home. • Texas Medical Center (TMC) with 49 member institutions — including M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the No. 1 cancer hospital in the country — is the largest medical complex in the world. • Charity Navigator named Houston the no. 2 most charity conscious city in the country. • Houston is one of only a few U.S. cities with resident professional companies in the four disciplines of the performing arts: Ballet, opera, symphony and theater. It has the fourth largest museum district in the country with 18 museums within walking distance. • Forbes.com named Houston No. 3 on its list of the nation’s Best Housing Markets (2010). • Houston rates first among the nation’s 10 most populous cities in total acreage of parkland, according to a study by The Trust for Public Land. • Houston is considered to have one of the best culinary scenes in the country, with cuisine from around the world. There are more than 8,000 restaurants in the Houston area with culinary choices that represent more than 35 countries and American regions. • Houston ranked No. 1 city for recent college grads by Bloomberg Businessweek (2010). • Houston’s status as the underdog of top-notch destinations has not gone unnoticed by observers from Sherman’s Travel (Top 10 Most Under-rated Cities), Travel + Leisure (Cultural Capital of the Gulf Coast), Forbes.com (Top 10 list of America’s Most Affordable Cities) and ForbesTraveler.com (Top 10 Best Restaurant Cities).
Procedure for Candidacy PROVOST AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS SENIOR VICE CHANCELLOR FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS The University of Houston and the University of Houston System announce a nationwide search to recruit a new Provost and Senior Vice President/Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. This is a dual role that serves as the Chief Academic Officer for both the System and the flagship campus. The University of Houston System encompasses four separate and distinct universities – University of Houston, UH - Clear Lake, UH - Downtown, and UH - Victoria - enrolling more than 65,000 students. Its flagship institution, the University of Houston, is a nationally recognized Tier One public research university enrolling approximately 40,000 students. An annual budget of $1.5 billion supports the operations of the System in providing outstanding academic programs to its undergraduate, graduate and professional school students. The Provost and Senior Vice President/Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs reports directly to Dr. Renu Khator who is the System Chancellor and University of Houston President. The principal responsibilities include the following: • Provide academic leadership for the University of Houston through the establishment of academic priorities and supervision of the Deans of the 13 colleges, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, and the libraries; • Provide academic leadership for the four UH System universities that results in optimal coordination and integration of the academic affairs of the System; • Oversee all System and University matters relating to policies on academic personnel and programs, resource allocation, and academic matters relating to intra-system cooperation; and, • Serve as liaison on academic matters to the UH System Board of Regents and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. It is expected that the ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of sustained academic leadership and accomplishment commensurate with appointment to the rank of full professor with tenure at a major research university. Candidates must have documented administrative experience as an academic officer at such a university. The successful candidate will have the highest academic standards, will possess exemplary interpersonal and communications skills, and will value and practice teamwork. (A more complete ‘Leadership Statement’ will be available at http://www.uh.edu/provost/). While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new Provost/SVPAA is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials to our consultant at the address below by March 15 to assure optimal consideration. Candidate materials should include a current resume and a letter of interest. UH Provost/SVPAA Search R. William Funk & Associates 100 Highland Park Village, Suite 200 Dallas, Texas 75205 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 214/295-3312
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