Search for Provost and Senior Vice President

President Michael H. Schill announced June 12 that Biology Professor Patrick Phillips will be the UO’s next provost and senior vice president. Read his letter to colleagues and students.

The University of Oregon is in the process of hiring a new Provost and Senior Vice President to serve as the chief academic officer of the institution. President Michael H. Schill has launched an internal search and appointed incoming Senate President and Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Skowron and Professor of Geography Alec Murphy to co-chair the search committee. The president and search committee chairs sent a call for applications to faculty on May 7, 2019.

Search Committee

The committee is comprised of members who hold a tenure-related or career-faculty appointment (TTF or NTTF) at the UO, with the exception of one member who is an officer of administration selected from the provost’s portfolio. Two University Senate members are part of the committee.

Alec Murphy (Chair), Professor of Geography, Rippey Chair in Liberal Arts & Sciences
Elizabeth Skowron (Chair), Professor of Psychology, UO Senate President-Elect
Robin Clement, Robert and Lois Braddock Distinguished Senior Instructor, Director of Master of Accounting Program, Academic Director of the Sports Product Management
David Conover, Professor of Biology, Vice President for Research and Innovation
Bill Cresko, Professor of Biology, Director of the Data Science Initiative
Edward Davis, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences, Condon Fossil Collection Manager for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Renée Dorjahn, Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration for the Clark Honors College, Assistant Vice Provost for Budget and Strategy
Karen Ford, Professor of English, Senior Divisional Dean for Humanities
Leslie Leve, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Human Services, Associate Vice President for Research
Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Professor of Dance, Phyllis and Andrew Berwick Dean of the School of Music and Dance
Kelli Matthews, Senior Instructor of Public Relations
Jen Reynolds, Associate Professor of Law, Faculty Director of Oregon Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center
Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Associate Professor of Architecture, Director of the Energy Studies Building Lab
Frances White, Professor of Anthropology and Department Head, Curator of Primate Osteology for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Charlotte Moats-Gallagher (Search Advocate), Senior Advisor for Evaluation and Strategic Initiatives for the Division of Equity and Inclusion
Kristyn Elton (Search Administrator), Senior Assistant to the President

Position Description

The University of Oregon seeks an individual of significant scholarly accomplishment with the experience, dedication, and breadth of vision to serve as the chief academic officer of a major research university. The individual should possess a firm commitment to academic excellence, the ability to work constructively and collaboratively with multiple constituencies through a model of shared governance, and a proven ability to translate ideas and visions into action.

Candidates must be tenured members of the University of Oregon faculty. A PhD or equivalent terminal degree is required. Candidates should have a distinguished record of achievement and professional credentials consistent with appointment at the rank of full professor. This position reports directly to the president and, as the chief academic officer, the provost will be expected to work in concert with the president to strengthen the university’s academic reputation as a leading institution of higher education and research.

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Application Process

Interested candidates should submit confidentially, in electronic form (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files preferred), a curriculum vitae, a modest-length letter of interest (not more than 4 pages) that speaks to your vision for fulfilling the key duties of the position and discusses relevant experiences, and the names and contact information for three references. Please submit all materials electronically to Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

This position is subject to a criminal background check.

All materials and inquiries will be held in strict confidence. Search materials will be treated as confidential and not subject to disclosure. The search committee will take the privacy of the process seriously, though a variety of campus constituencies will be asked to provide input. Applicants will be asked to sign the normal waiver documents associated with an evaluative review process. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The university encourages all qualified individuals to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The university is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.