The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs is part of the Provost’s central academic operations team. Our most important role is to serve the faculty of Rice in all dimensions of their work.
Responsibilities of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs include working with departments and deans to foster an inclusive culture that sustains a productive and diverse faculty and that exemplifies the principles of shared governance; collaborating with the Faculty Senate in the development of faculty policies and academic programs; overseeing faculty career development programs; working with department chairs; and developing and overseeing processes for academic program review.
The Vice Provost for Academic Affairs is the administration’s liaison with the Faculty Senate and the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees and works closely with the other vice provosts, deans, department chairs, and the Faculty Senate leadership to implement projects of importance to the faculty and the academic mission of the university.
Resources for Faculty Searches
RICEWorks for Faculty Hiring The faculty version of RICEWorks facilitates the hiring process from position posting though hiring proposal and approvals. All tenured and tenure track postings must now be processed through RICEWorks, with specifc exceptions, per the Provost's Faculty Recruitment Authorization letters to the deans in the summer of 2018. Searches for non-tenure track faculty (including those of one year or less) are also expected to go through the system. Contact usto initiate a search and check out our hiring page and RICEWorks FAQ.
Nominations are open for all ranks of the new teaching professor career path. These ranks, including assistant teaching professor, associate teaching professor, and (full) teaching professor, are intended to provide a career path and professional development for long-term non-tenure track faculty with opportunities for advancement whenever possible. In addition to maintaining a record of consistently excellent teaching, teaching professors will be expected to advise students, to actively engage in pedagogical development and to mentor others, to perform service such as on committees or participation in faculty governance. Lecturers, instructors, and other similar appointments will continue to fulfill a vital role to the academic enterprise, providing quality teaching with a maximum of flexibility.