Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary and International Initiatives (Revised)

Position Description

Applications due by 11:59 p.m. on June 4, 2024.

Date: May 2024
Business Title: Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary and International Initiatives
Department Name: Office of the Provost
Management Center: University General
Supervisor Name and Title: Provost and Executive Vice President (or designee)

Position Objective

Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary and International Initiatives is responsible for identifying and developing interdisciplinary and international collaborations. By building and sustaining vibrant partnerships within the university, with regional partners, and across the globe, the Vice Provost will provide a focal point for interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange, enhancing and synergizing the research and scholarly mission, international reputation and research profile of the university.

This new position will strengthen and expand our culture of intellectual vibrancy by building bridges with campus and community affiliate partners through the leadership of interdisciplinary units positioned within the Provost’s Office, as well as coordinating connections to interdisciplinary and international research efforts within the schools, College, Office of Research and Technology Management, and the Office of the President. 

The Vice Provost will oversee several centers and institutes reporting to the Provost’s Office and serve as the faculty lead for  the development and management of international research partnerships. They will advance collaborative research projects between CWRU researchers and those in other parts of the world, advancing international research funding opportunities, identifying and developing international relationships aligned with the university priorities, and actively engaging in improving the university’s international rankings as well as facilitating domestic partnerships and affiliations, including those with Minority Serving Institutions.

The Vice Provost is a member of the Provost’s Advisory Council (PAC).

This position requires 80% effort (internal search) and requires status as a tenured full professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Essential Functions

  1. Build the academic and intellectual vibrancy of the campus through educational and scholarly activities that enhance problem-solving and improvements in the human condition. 
  2. Collaborate with leaders in the Provost’s Office to advance the university's success through joint projects and initiatives. 
  3. In partnership with the appropriate deans and VPs (including the President’s Office and Government Relations), oversee new and exciting interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships throughout the region, state, nation, and world.  This may also include academic initiatives with local industry partners, NASA, and any state-wide educational consortia or national consortia as aligned to priorities. 
  4. Develop and implement a strategy for supporting international research and funding opportunities. This includes developing a support structure for faculty pursuing international grants, collaborative grants with international partners and affiliates, Fulbright and other global fellowships, and expanding faculty and staff intercultural competency training to address the cultural aspects of working internationally. 
  5. Be instrumental in fostering new and ongoing international relationships. This role is crucial in aligning the interests of the faculty and university and developing a robust and accessible international repository of university-wide global engagement. 
  6. Enhance CWRU’s international reputation and rankings through several mechanisms, from collaborating with colleagues around campus on ranking projects to working with Deans and their designees to ensure faculty records and publications are appropriately included in ranking data. 
  7. Oversee the direction, support, and evaluation of centers and institutes that currently report to the Provost’s Office, including the development and implementation of policies and procedures to facilitate partnering, resource sharing, and/or administering projects and collaborations. 
  8. Develop programming and activities that support cross-functional, cross-disciplinary activities and discussions, which will strengthen academic and research programs across campus. 
  9. Develop programming assessments and evaluate the overall success in advancing CWRU's mission, including establishing metrics for success for the centers and institutes directly reporting to the Vice Provost. Adjust strategies to enhance the effectiveness of programs, collaborations and partnerships.

Nonessential Functions

  1. Perform other duties as assigned.


Department: Regular contact with the Provost and other professionals in the office.
University: Regular contact with the deans, senior administrators in the schools, and faculty. 
External: Periodic contact with administrators at other institutions. Frequent contact with members of the community.
Students: Occasional contact with students.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct supervisory responsibility and oversight for campus centers and institutes, including the Inamori Center, Social Justice Institute, Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship, and Siegal Lifelong Learning as well as direct supervisory responsibility for Executive Director of International Affairs and Department Administrator.


Experience: This position is open to CWRU tenured faculty members holding the rank of Full Professor with a strong track record of collaborative leadership, communication, and organizational skills.

Education/Licensing: A terminal degree (e.g., MD, PhD, EdD) is required.

Required Skills

  1. Excellent decision-making skills and exceptional judgment.
  2. Strong negotiation, collaboration, and consensus-building skills.
  3. Strong research, scholarly, and/or creative work record. 
  4. Strong appreciation and advocacy for diversity.
  5. Demonstrated track record of mentoring students in research, experiential learning, and/or service learning.
  6. Ability to function as a team member across the University and among our partners.
  7. Superior ability to communicate persuasively, effectively, and thoughtfully (verbally and written). Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.
  8. Highest levels of personal and professional integrity, trustworthiness, and commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.
  9. Ability to address and resolve conflicts with integrity and compassion.

Working Conditions

General office environment.

Submission Requirements

Candidates should submit 1) a cover letter that states interest in the position, experience in areas related to the role, and vision for the role, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) a list of four reference contacts. Please submit application materials as one, combined PDF to Andrea Hauser at Please name your file "Last Name, First Name_Vice Provost Interdisciplinary and International Initiatives "