Provost Selection and Appointment Process

The University of Michigan has launched the process to select and appoint a new Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. A position description can be found here.

President Schlissel has appointed a 13-member selection and appointment advisory group, which he will chair. Advisory group members invite ideas, feedback and nominations for the process to be sent to the following email address: input-ProvostSelection@umich.edu.

Those interested in applying can do so through the U-M careers website. Materials are due by December 16, 2021. Applicants should provide a resume or curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses their experience and qualifications relative to the responsibilities and requirements described. Applicant confidentiality will be respected to the highest degree allowable under the laws of the State of Michigan.

Charge from President Mark Schlissel to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Selection and Appointment Advisory Group

 

The University of Michigan Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Selection and Appointment Advisory Group (Provost SAAG) is engaged to assist and advise the President in conducting a process to select the University of Michigan’s next Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Provost SAAG is charged with:

  • engaging with campus community stakeholders regarding institutional needs and priorities to be considered in the process;
  • reviewing the candidate pool, conducting preliminary interviews, and discussing with the President candidates for consideration; and
  • assisting the President in recruiting and referencing efforts as requested.

Throughout the process, the Provost SAAG shall:

  • maintain confidentiality as directed;
  • conduct its work in a manner that is consistent with the university’s stated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as in accordance with any applicable non-discrimination policies and requirements; and
  • proceed diligently and expeditiously.

SPG 201.65-1 prohibits conflicts of interest that could influence a faculty or staff member’s decision regarding appointment or promotion. All members of the Provost SAAG have an obligation to disclose whether they have or have had a familial, personal, financial, romantic, or sexual relationship with any candidate for this position. The disclosure should be made to the group chair, unless the chair is the member with the conflict. If so, the disclosure should be made to the Special Counsel to the President. All disclosures must be made prior to the Provost SAAG discussing candidates for consideration with the President.

The work of the Provost SAAG will be supported by a staff member from the Office of the President. The committee will have at its disposal such resources as are reasonably required to meet the goals of the process in a timely manner.

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Selection and Appointment Advisory Group

 

Mark Schlissel (Chair), President, University of Michigan

Elizabeth Armstrong, Sherry B. Ortner Collegiate Professor of Sociology, Professor of Sociology, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research

Sara Blair, Patricia S. Yaeger Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature, Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English Language and Literature, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Geoffrey Chatas, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Lynette Clemetson, Director, Wallace House

Sarah Daniels, Associate Dean of Student, Office of Student Life

Lauren Davis, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Community, School for Environment and Sustainability and member, Voices of the Staff

Kailana Dejoie, Undergraduate student, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Curtiss Engstrom, PhD student, Survey and Data Science, Horace H Rackham School of Graduate Studies

Allen Liu, Chair, SACUA, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering and Medical School and Associate Professor of Biophysics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Laurie McCauley, Dean, William K and Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Periodontics, Professor of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry and Professor of Pathology, Medical School

Robert Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Charles D Moody Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research and Professor of Education, School of Education

Michael Solomon, Dean, Horace H Rackham School of Graduate Studies, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs-Graduate Studies, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, College of Engineering


Staff Support:

Stephen Yaros, Senior Project Manager, Office of the President