Associate Vice President for Planning and Assessment-Central, SC


Located in the upstate region of South Carolina, Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant leaders who impact the world for Christ. Along with a vibrant, traditional undergraduate program, SWU has adult and graduate studies learning centers in four major cities across the state in addition to its main campus.


The Associate Vice President for Planning and Assessment provides leadership in all aspects of institutional accreditation and effectiveness. The AVP is responsible for developing and overseeing a program of evaluation and feedback to enhance the effectiveness of the University's programs, and for using data to assess and monitor the institution's effectiveness in achieving its mission. The successful candidate will be an experienced, effective, collaborative, and innovative leader who creates a supportive and collegial workplace that encourages entrepreneurial and creative thinking. This position reports to the Provost and serves on the Provost’s Cabinet.


  1.  Develops, implements, and monitors a planning and institutional effectiveness program
  2. Coordinates assessment, planning, and reporting cycles in accordance with state and regional accreditations and quality standards
  3. Works collaboratively with faculty and staff in the development, design, and implementation of assessment and program evaluation studies, policies, and procedures
  4. Plans, organizes, and conducts workshops, seminars, and other training development programs to assist faculty, staff, and administrators in conducting and documenting effective and meaningful assessment activities; compiles and prepares background materials for executive briefings and departmental meetings
  5. Analyzes and interprets data to help with planning and data-driven decisions, including program evaluation, end-of-term evaluations, enrollments, and budget
  6. Documents the demonstration of effectiveness of academic programs and issues a semester report
  7. Serves as the SACSCOC liaison
  8. Facilitates ongoing processes for institutional effectiveness and strategic planning, working collaboratively with the Associate Vice President of Educational Excellence
  9. Chairs the General Education Committee and coordinates the assessment activities related to student learning outcomes within the instructional divisions
  10. Provides leadership for faculty use of course-level assessment in practices that measure and aid student learning
  11. Formulates analytical summaries, findings, and recommendations for action and further study
  12. Under the direction of the Provost, coordinates and manages the University’s response for the SACS Compliance Certification; develops and maintains student achievement data website, and prepares annual and interim reports, as required, for SACSCOC and other accreditation bodies


  1. An advanced degree in a relevant discipline. A master’s degree is required; a doctorate is preferred. At least three (3) years of practical experience in planning and assessment/institutional effectiveness or a comparable combination of education and experience is preferred.
  2. Knowledge of assessment and improvement methodologies
  3. Knowledge of SACSCOC and discipline accreditation procedures and processes
  4. Knowledge of SACSCOC standards related to institutional effectiveness
  5. Ability to design, organize, and manage complex projects
  6. Ability to communicate effectively with campus faculty, staff, students, and governing bodies
  7. Ability to provide leadership and make sound decisions
  8. Strong organizational skills, an attention to detail, and effective written and oral communication skills
  9. Prior experience in a university setting, including teaching experience, is valuable.
  10. SWU is committed to maximizing the use of technology in its daily operations and in achieving its strategic goals; the ideal candidate will be familiar with integrated database management systems, including reporting, and have a high comfort level with web-based, mobile, and PC applications, including but not limited to the use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Competency with advanced statistical software is essential.


  1. Mission and Lifestyle Expectations. The university is a Christian liberal arts institution in the Wesleyan-Holiness theological tradition. In light of SWU’s unapologetically Christ-centered mission, all employees are expected to embrace the university’s Statement of Faith, respect its Wesleyan heritage, and adhere to its lifestyle expectations. For more information, visit About SWU and The Wesleyan Church's website.
  2. Physical/Environmental Requirements. Visual acuity necessary to do editorial work, proof documents, and manage. Requires ability to sit for periods of time in an interior office environment. May require infrequent lifting of objects up to 10 pounds, and occasionally items up to 20 pounds.
  3. Pre-employment Screening. Employment is contingent on the completion a criminal background screening.


This is a regular, full-time, 12-month, exempt position classified at Salary Level X. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.


Interested applicants should submit the following materials: 

  • A letter of application
  • A SWU faculty application
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts

Submit all application materials electronically to   or by fax to 864-644-5980; or by mail to Keri Stewart, Human Resources Coordinator, Southern Wesleyan University, 907 Wesleyan Drive/P.O. Box 1020, Central, SC 29630. For additional information, you may contact 864-644-5005.

Posted May 24, 2016