Position Announcement for Vice Provost for Integration


The American University of Armenia (AUA) invites applications for the position of Vice Provost for Integration.

The University: The American University of Armenia is a privately endowed, independent American institution of higher education affiliated with the University of California. Located in Yerevan, the capital of the Republic of Armenia, it has an enrollment of about 2,000 students, including 469 graduate students.  It is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001.

AUA Mission: The American University of Armenia aims to have an impact on students and the community as a center of academic excellence, innovation, inquiry, and diversity that contributes to the further development and advancement of Armenia, the region and the world through teaching, research and outreach, fostering creativity, leadership, integrity, and community service.

Open Centers of Excellence: Under the leadership of President Karin Markides, the university is in the process of a strategic transformation through which it is working to significantly enhance its impact on Armenia through world-class academic degree programs, research, and outreach.  The hallmark of this transformation is the development of six open centers of excellence that will serve to showcase AUA teaching, research, and outreach through transdisciplinary perspectives. These open centers of excellence are the:

  • Open Center of Excellence for Innovation Advancement
  • Open Center of Excellence for Leadership and Governance
  • Open Center of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence Solutions
  • Open Center of Excellence for Systems Thinking
  • Open Center of Excellence for Transformative Health Solutions
  • Acopian Center for the Environment

AUA has areas of traditional disciplinary strength in our College of Business and Economics, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, and College of Health Sciences. Teaching, research, and outreach activities in these traditional disciplinary structures are also lifted into the open centers of excellence for display to Armenia and the world.  An important feature of this approach – disciplinary excellence lifted into transdisciplinary space – is the development of reality labs through which we tackle complex problems through university-public-private partnerships in the regions. Presently we have reality labs working in the areas of agriculture reform, environmental protection, hospitality and tourism, and others.

AUA seeks a visionary, dynamic academic leader to serve in the position of Vice Provost for Integration.  The Vice Provost for Integration will take the lead in the development and implementation of the Open Center of Excellence concept, working with a variety of university stakeholders – directors, deans, program chairs, researchers, and others to realize a high performing and sustainable system.

The Vice Provost for Integration reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The Vice Provost for Integration

  • provides leadership, oversight and support for all Open Centers of Excellence
  • collaborates and builds synergies between research and academic programs at the university
  • provides deep knowledge of strategy integration and organizational learning best practices, strategic thinking, and vision
  • leads the cross-functional portfolio review of new grants, initiatives, and programs to support research and development through Open Centers of Excellence
  • promotes the use of proven best practices ensuring that they are grounded in research and real-life application through Reality Labs
  • ensures that the organization is supported with best practices in evaluation and performance measurement methodologies, data analysis, evidence-based decision making, cross departmental integration to improve organizational effectiveness, program performance and impact
  • works on annual budget proposal, collaborate with the Vice President of Finance to monitor expenditures to ensure sound financial management
  • develops, coaches, and supervises Open Center of Excellence directors
  • creates and promotes integration of programs and grants across strategic priority areas
  • works with senior leadership, college deans, program chairs and faculty in the strategic dialog process
  • develops a vision for continued expansion of the Open Centers of Excellence
  • develops national and international networks in support of the Open Centers concept
  • holds regular meetings with open center stakeholders
  • teaches one course per semester
  • maintains close ties with alumni, benefactors and other constituents on issues related to the enhancement of the University
  • provides service on a number of internal councils, such as the AUA Internal Advisory Board
  • performs other related academic and administrative duties as requested/assigned.

Qualifications: Candidates must have an earned doctorate or other equivalent or higher terminal degree; a strong record of research, publication, and teaching; evidence of successful administrative abilities and strong leadership credentials at the dean or department/program chair level. Leading candidates must have a distinguished record of scholarship and a deep commitment to excellence and innovation; demonstrable capacity to advance AUA’s academic mission and goals, and to engage with students, faculty, staff, alumni and leaders in the private and public sectors. Prior academic experience in an international setting, and knowledge of Armenia, CIS countries, Eastern Europe, and/or the Middle East are preferred but not required.

Requirement:  This full-time position requires the incumbent to reside in Armenia.

Compensation: AUA offers competitive compensation and benefits packages.

Application process: Inquiries, nominations and applications will be treated confidentially. Review of all applications will begin after November 1, 2021. Applications that arrive later may be considered at the discretion of the search committee until the position is filled.

Applicants must submit a letter of interest detailing their qualifications for the position and their conceptualized vision for the position of Vice Provost for Integration, a Curriculum Vita, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three to five references that have firsthand knowledge of the applicant’s academic career and administrative experience. The names of references must be from at least two different internationally recognized institutions of higher education and research. All documents should be submitted electronically to [email protected].

AUA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active non-discrimination program within the institution.