Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

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Administrative, Faculty, Independence Campus, Lamoni Campus

December 3, 2021

Graceland University invites nominations and applications for a dynamic and inspiring academic professional to fill the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. The university seeks an enthusiastic, experienced, and entrepreneurial leader who will be key to building and shaping an increasingly exceptional academic program – one that will include both new and revised programs and will appeal to both traditional and non-traditional students.

The new VPAA/Dean of Faculty will engage with Graceland President Dr. Patricia H. Draves; a deeply committed faculty; an experienced administrative team; and an active, engaged board of trustees. Together these groups will continue to develop and implement an innovative and strategic academic program that builds upon its rich history and leads to the development of graduates prepared for success and fulfillment.

The VPAA/Dean of Faculty serves as the chief academic officer of the university and is responsible for advancing the university’s educational mission and the evolving academic program. In fulfilling this role, this leader functions as the leader of and advocate for the academic programs and the faculty, a member of the Executive Council and the chief liaison to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. The VPAA/Dean of Faculty oversees the work of the academic units, as well as administrative offices including the registrar, library, instructional design, and academic support areas.

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  • Doctoral degree in an academic area of specialization, or in business or education
  • Ten years of higher education experience with a minimum of five years as an academic administrator
  • Experience involving professional, graduate, and undergraduate programs
  • Academic credentials consistent with the rank of professor
  • A distinguished record of teaching, scholarly publications, and accomplishments demonstrating commitment to academic excellence
  • Experience in strategic planning, program assessment, and development of
    policy to enhance academics within the university and with accrediting bodies
  • Demonstrated success in shaping and developing faculty and creating collaborative relationships across all academic disciplines


Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the experience level, credentials, and characteristics of the candidate. An outstanding benefits package will be included as part of a complete compensation package.

Full Information Packet

Interested candidates should review the full information packet linked here.

Application Process

  1. Complete a brief online application here.
  2. Send your letter of interest and resume or curriculum vitae in PDF format to with the subject line “Graceland University Vice President, Academic Affairs”

Key Dates

  • Application deadline is January 28, 2022
  • Semi-finalist interviews are tentatively scheduled for February 21, 2022
  • Campus interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of March 14, 2022
  • Desired start date is July 1, 2022, but is negotiable

Confidential Inquiries:

Steve Waldron, JD
Managing Director, Higher Education Practice 816-945-5423 (direct)

Application Questions & Nominations

If you would like to provide a nomination, please email all pertinent information (including an email address and phone number of the nominee) to:
Ms. Michelle Peterson, Senior Recruiter, Higher Education Practice
816-945-5404 (direct)

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