Vice President of Academic Affairs


Website Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University seeks an exceptional servant leader to advance the institution’s academic programs in alignment with its Christian mission and vision. The successful candidate will begin serving at Charleston Southern University on June 1, 2023.

Summary: Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) serves as the Chief Academic Officer and will serve as a senior officer. Provide leadership and communicate the direction, vision, and strategic positioning of the University to all academic areas including the Academic Deans, Library, the Registrar’s office, Student Success Center, Center for Global Education, Online Programs and the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. The VPAA must have the ability to articulate a vision for developing and expanding academic potential through traditional and distance education undergraduate and graduate programs.   The VPAA must be a committed Christian who adheres to the university’s biblical core values and is an active member of a local church that affirms the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

Work Performed: The Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for assessment, SWOT analysis, determination of, and overseeing of, the academic initiatives and goals in alignment with the university’s mission and strategic plan. The VPAA will model the university’s governing principles and the biblical worldview with students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders. Provide Christ-centered, student-focused, visionary leadership that results in graduating servant leaders who pursue significant lives that honor Christ. Recruit and hire Christian scholars and Christ-centered staff who model faith and learning excellence and are dedicated to extra-mile service. Strengthen the quality of academics through faith and learning excellence training, Christian higher education networks, and participation in professional organizations and scholarly conferences. Support, encourage, and manage faculty development and evaluation, including the process for granting qualified faculty promotion of rank and senior faculty status (tenure). Collaborate with the Office of Development and other university departments to establish strategic partnerships and obtain resources to enhance academic programs. Demonstrate strong executive leadership as a university senior officer engaged in every aspect of university life. Prepare and execute a comprehensive strategic plan for academics that aligns with the current Charleston Southern Strategic Plan (2020-2025). Manage financial budgets and resources related to academics. Execute a data-informed approach to academic program development, evaluation, and management. Steward effectively all academic-related centers and institutes (e.g., Student Success Center, Center for Global Education). Provide leadership and oversight of all accreditation and institutional research efforts. Support athletic personnel in their quest to provide Christ-honoring, compliant, and competitive programs. Model positive administrative leadership for all academic councils and committees, whether serving as chair or in an ex officio capacity (e.g., Deans Council, Faculty Senate). Represent the university at academic organizations and councils (e.g., SACSCOC). Will serve as spokesperson for the faculty, academic deans and departmental chairs. Serving as a Senior Officer, the VPAA must effectively foster and maintain partnerships with both the university’s internal and external communities; develop long and short-range plans for the curriculum, supervise a program consisting of 60 undergraduate and five graduate programs. Active involvement with both the Graduate Council and the Faculty Senate is necessary to enhance faculty excellence and academic achievement of students.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Minimum Qualifications:

Experience: Exemplifies faith and learning excellence in the classroom as a full professor eligible for tenure at an accredited institution of higher education, with a record of teaching, scholarly excellence, and appropriate service. Four years of relevant, academic administrative experience with a record of demonstrated excellence in leadership in academic administration. Experience serving as an administrator at a higher education institution in either a midlevel (e.g., dean) or executive level (vice president) leadership role.

Qualities and Characteristics: Respected, authentic Christian recognized for integrity, humility, people skills, faithfulness, and servant leadership. Affirms and effectively articulates the university’s governing principles and the biblical worldview. Shepherd leader who guides people, develops programs, and stewards resources with care while protecting the institution’s mission and realizing its vision. Record of accomplishment in teaching, service, and scholarship. Committed to all students’ flourishing, regardless of their background or ability. Gifted at relating to a diverse student body. Dedicated to strengthening academic standards and expanding programs. Skilled in implementing higher education best practices, including data-informed program development, evaluation, and management. Experience in developing and mentoring faculty in faith and learning excellence. Experience in implementing innovative technology. Experience in working with regional accreditation commissions, regulatory agencies, and/or secondary accreditation bodies. Supportive of athletics in their efforts to provide Christ-honoring, competitive programs dedicated to preparing student-athletes to pursue significant lives. Strategic thinker/planner who is fiscally responsible as an academic administrator.

Essential Job Functions:  The responsibilities listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities required, and the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Regular, on-time attendance is an essential job function of this position.

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

This position will remain open until filled.

Charleston Southern University is an independent, comprehensive Christian university grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the institution’s governing principles reflect its strong commitment to the Christian faith, academic excellence, and the preparation of graduates who model servant leadership.

Founded in 1964 in the heart of the Charleston metro area, Charleston Southern University is a Christian liberal arts university. With an enrollment of approximately 3,500 students, CSU offers more than 80 academically rigorous and faith-integrated undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Charleston Southern has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as #29 nationally for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, #21 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, and is in the top 50 in multiple categories on the list of Best Colleges, Regional Universities South. Students can learn online or in a traditional classroom setting, all while discovering their pathway to purpose. As a testament to Charleston Southern’s longstanding impact in the community, CSU was recently named Business of the Year by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the University, please visit

Charleston Southern University is a Christian university and tobacco-free campus.  We do not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including but not limited to lactation), religion, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other basis on which the university is prohibited from discrimination under local, state or federal law, in its employment or in the provision of its services, including but not limited to its programs and activities, admissions, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and university-administered programs.  In order to fulfill its purpose, the university may legally discriminate on the basis of religion in employment.  The university has been granted exemption from certain regulations promulgated under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which conflict with the University’s religious tenets and core values.

Application Process:  Candidates should complete the online application below and attach a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and a Faith and Learning Excellence Questionnaire.

Cover Letter. The cover letter should articulate the candidate’s interest and qualifications for the position.

Curriculum Vitae (CV). The CV should specify the number of direct reports and budget responsibilities under the applicant’s supervision. References may be included in the CV, but reference checks will only be conducted for finalists.

Faith and Learning Excellence Questionnaire. A candidate’s responses to the Faith and Learning Excellence Questionnaire should not exceed one page (single-spaced) per question.

  1. Describe your Christian journey. Include your understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, especially regarding belief and behavior, local church engagement, and personal relationships.
  2. Discuss your philosophy of Christian higher education. Along with the Bible, identify the scholars, writings, individuals, and experiences that have shaped the development of your philosophy.
  3. The faith and learning approach to Christian higher education is a distinctive model that seeks to join the biblical worldview with strong academics. How would you provide faith and learning excellence leadership at Charleston Southern University at this moment in higher education?

Entering untrue or inaccurate information will result in disqualification for consideration of vacant positions or subsequent termination after hire.  Review of credentials will begin immediately.  Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.  Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification.  For additional information contact the CSU VPAA Search committee ( By completing this application, you are giving Charleston Southern University the authority to contact any person, educational institution, current or former employer, or company to disclose in good faith any information they may have regarding your qualifications and fitness for employment including, but not limited to, those you have listed in your application materials (reference checks will only be conducted for finalists).

The VPAA Search Committee will begin reviewing applications this fall. The Search Committee will continue to receive applications until the position is filled, but interested candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by December 1, 2022 to receive the greatest degree of consideration.

Statement of Purpose

Charleston Southern University is a comprehensive institution affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. This suburban coeducational institution offers a liberal arts and professional curricula with degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The university was founded upon the principle that students should have an opportunity for a quality education under the guidance of Christian faculty. The university promotes academic excellence in a Christian environment.

The South Carolina Baptist Convention founded the institution in 1964 as the Baptist College at Charleston. The campus is located 16 miles from the city of Charleston within the city limits of North Charleston. The institution changed its name to Charleston Southern University in 1990 to reflect the offering of graduate programs.Charleston Southern University forthrightly avers the validity and applicability of Christian truth and values to public, private, individual, and corporate activities.  Thus, the University seeks to employ only employees who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; who are committed to the Christian faith; whose faith is reflected in Christian witness through their employment, and their interaction with students, colleagues, and the general public; who will maintain active membership in a local Christian church; and who will be committed to the integration of faith and learning.

Founding Principle: Matthew 28:19-20“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Mission: Promoting Academic Excellence in a Christian Environment

Vision: To be a Christian university nationally recognized for the integration of faith in learning, leading, and serving.

  • Learning: 2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

  • Leading: Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

  • Serving: Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Biblical Core Values

  • Scripture – II Timothy 3:16“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” The Bible is the inerrant and infallible record of God’s revelation to humanity, and it is the only sufficient source of appeal on matters relating to the Christian faith.
  • God -Genesis 1:1“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  John 1:3 “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” There is one and only one living true God. The historical account of Genesis decrees that He is the personal and direct Creator of all that exists, including the first human beings Adam and Eve. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.

  • Jesus Christ – John 14:6 “Jesus said unto them, `I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.’” God made provision through Christ for the redemption of sinful humanity by His substitutionary atonement on the cross, and He alone is sufficient as Savior.

  • Salvation – John 3:16“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Salvation involves God’s gracious redemption of individuals and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior by repentance and faith.
  • Life of the Believer – Romans 12:2“And do not be conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Christians are to be consistent with Scripture in their character and conduct.

  • Diversity – Genesis 1:27 “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Because all people are made in God’s divine image, they possess full dignity and are worthy of respect. Matthew 22:39 “‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Jesus’ command for us to love others as ourselves extends to all people. Revelation 7:9 “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb . . .” Charleston Southern University defines diversity as people groups varying in ethnic makeup, cultural background, age, language, educational and professional experience, ability, veteran and/or socioeconomic status. Our commitment to diversity is biblically informed; therefore, the university engages and supports diversity related-matters as they are clearly defined in Scripture.

  • Human Sexuality – Matthew 19:4-5 “ . . . [God] . . . made them at the beginning ‘male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’[.]” Sexuality is one of the ways the marriage covenant between a husband and a wife is sealed and expressed. Marriage is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards and the means for the procreation of the human race. All forms of sexual intimacy that occur outside the covenant of heterosexual marriage, even when consensual, are distortions of the holiness and beauty God intended for it. The promotion or practice of a homosexual lifestyle (including same-sex dating behaviors) is also contrary to the university’s core values. The promotion of transgenderism fails to uphold the university’s core values.

  • Education – Deuteronomy 6:6-7a “ . . . these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children . . .” Matthew 28:19-20 “ . . . make disciples of all the nations . . . teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you . . .” Christianity is the faith of enlightenment and intelligence . . . All sound learning is, therefore, a part of our Christian heritage. The new birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. Moreover, the cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence and should receive along with these the liberal support of the churches. An adequate system of Christian education is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ’s people.

  • Evangelism and Missions – Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” It is the privilege and duty of every Christian to share the Gospel of Christ personally and by all other methods in harmony with the Gospel.

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