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Vice President for Instruction

College Overview

About KCC
“Education offers the greatest opportunity for really improving one generation over another" W.K. Kellogg. This quote resides at the front entrance of the main campus to remind everyone of the true purpose of the College and its role in the community.

Kellogg Community College was founded in 1956 by the Battle Creek Board of Education. In 1970, voters created an area-wide college district supported by local tax dollars. KCC, which has sites in Battle Creek, Albion, Coldwater, Hastings, and in the Fort Custer Industrial Park, offers approximately 100 pre-professional college/university transfer curricula; 40 occupational associate degree programs in health, business, technical, and science fields; 30 certificate programs aimed at job preparation; and related training for apprenticeships.

KCC serves approximately 10,500 students annually on five campuses including Lifelong Learning and customized training programs. KCC also provides workforce development services tailored for and delivered to area businesses and organizations in a wide range of sectors. In recent years, KCC has provided specialized training for thousands of employees at hundreds of businesses across the region.

The College was fully reaccredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools most recently in 2012.

The KCC service district covers Barry, Branch, and Calhoun counties in south central Michigan. The tax district includes most of Calhoun County and small portions of Barry, Branch, Hillsdale, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph counties. KCC, a nonprofit institution, is governed by a publicly elected Board of Trustees, which sets policy and budgeting priorities.

Mission and Vision

“We are dedicated to providing accessible, high-quality education to enrich our community and the lives of individual learners.”

Core Components of Mission

  • We engage students in learning experiences that lead to enhanced employability and successful transfer to other educational institutions.
  • We develop students who can think critically, communicate effectively, and demonstrate global awareness.
  • We partner with the communities we serve to support economic vitality and stability through the development of a skilled local workforce.
  • We provide the educational resources and student services that promote, support, and enhance student success.
  • We advocate lifelong learning for all members of the community, providing local residents with educational and cultural opportunities that result in personal growth and development.

Kellogg Community College will be recognized as a premier institution of higher education, having achieved excellence through innovation, quality instruction, a culture of continuous improvement, and learner-centered decision making. Working together across the College, we support an environment that values:

  • Student success through collaboration, cooperation, and academic rigor
  • Positive relationships with students, employers, our staff, and the community
  • Diversity
  • Quality and continuous improvement
  • Innovation, creativity, and flexibility
  • Personal and professional integrity, and accountability
  • Staff development

Values Statement
The following are the essential and enduring values we hold which form the foundation on which we perform our work and conduct ourselves.

We believe:

  • That students come first. Our decisions and actions should focus on impacting student access, learning, development, achievement, and success.
  • In excellence in teaching and service. We have a passion for quality and we set and model high standards for our students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • In diversity and equity. We recognize and support the importance of providing an education and environment that promotes the uniqueness of students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve.
  • That ethics and integrity are paramount in all actions and communications. We hold ourselves responsible for academic and personal honesty, fairness, and respect for others in our learning and working environment.
  • That partnerships within the college and local communities allow us to grow our knowledge, expand our reach, and strengthen our impact on those we serve.
  • That innovation allows us to be creative and progressive with our programs and processes. We aspire to be flexible, adaptive and risk-takers in order to improve.
  • Through leadership and empowerment we achieve personal and professional growth. We embrace openness in communication and strive to make data-informed decisions in a collaborative framework.
  • That effective and respectful stewardship of resources insures the health and sustainability of the institution over the long term.

About the Area

Battle Creek Michigan enjoys a modest cost of living, a climate less severe than Michigan’s western shoreline or upper peninsula, and a vitality that permeates education, arts, culture, and recreation. Battle Creek area residents enjoy an area abundant with fresh lakes and parks including several large and small residential lakes. Battle Creek‘s 26-mile Linear Park winds throughout the city for family strolls, rigorous jogs, or bicycling in a scenic setting. Softball and baseball in the summer and cross-country and downhill skiing are available in the city and nearby. Boating, kayaking, swimming, and fishing are only minutes away throughout the city. Binder Park Zoo, The Kingman Natural History Museum, Leila Arboretum, and the local Barn Theatre offer both educational and fun experiences. Elsewhere in Battle Creek, carefully preserved sites honor the city’s rich historical contributions including the birthplace of breakfast cereal (home of the original John Kellogg’s Health Sanitarium), a critical role in the Underground Railroad (final residence of Sojourner Truth and the establishment of the Seventh Day Adventist Church).

Innovative and nationally-recognized educational and training programs prepare Battle Creek residents for its breakfast food processing, world-class auto parts supply, Department of Defense support, and dynamic aviation and aerospace industries. The world-class Fort Custer Industrial Park hosts businesses from the United States, Japan, Germany, Austria, and Denmark.

Battle Creek gets your feet tapping to weekly summer music festivals and outdoor entertainment. An Arts and Industry council connects the arts to exhibit venues as well as to the public schools and the workplace. The city is also home to Michigan’s oldest Symphony. When you need the rush of a large city, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago are within a two hour drive of the city.

While the main campus is in Battle Creek, the College also serves many vital communities each with their own unique attractions including Marshall, known for its historic charm, distinguished downtown, and small town appeal. Albion prides itself on the strength and the unity of purpose of its ethnically diverse community and is home to long standing businesses and the distinguished Albion College. Rich in culture, while offering a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities, Coldwater combines a modern, urban attitude with a warm, hometown charm that appeals to residents and tourists alike. And Hastings, centrally located between multiple larger cities, provides both a wooded countryside as well as manufacturing and other businesses.

Opportunity Overview

As the senior academic officer, the Vice President of Instruction provides strategic vision and leadership for the College's Instructional Division. This includes comprehensive general education, transfer, and career/occupational, and Workforce Development programs with responsibilities that include: leading and ensuring ongoing Higher Learning Commission accreditation, providing quality curricula that meets current and emerging needs encompassing ongoing design, delivery, and evaluation, setting standards for hiring and development of qualified faculty and staff to ensure quality instruction, guiding academic deans, department chairs, and directors in their planning and decision making, ensuring effective and productive instructional assessment, managing budget processes, participating with external constituent groups, and providing vision for future instructional endeavors.

Innovation in Instruction
The next Vice President of Instruction must be a premier expert on teaching and learning and have the ability to lead Kellogg Community College faculty and staff through evolving and growing in teaching and classroom methods. This leader will have a strategic vision for the instructional programs with the ability to get faculty and staff on board with new and innovative methods of teaching and learning. A deep understanding of Federal, State, and local trends, needs, and compliance regulations will help the Vice President to lead the college toward innovative programs and even further meet the needs of the service area.

Leadership and Project Management Skills
Kellogg Community College has a great deal happening on their campuses. Their HLC accreditation site visit will occur in 2020. They are currently undertaking Guided Pathways initiatives and are working diligently to improve their assessment processes. The Vice President for Instruction plays a critical role in these endeavors. Strong project management skills and the ability to lead, inspire, problem solve, resolve conflict, make decisions, and effect positive change will be necessary attributes of the Vice President for Instruction.

High Level of Emotional Intelligence
The next Vice President will have the ability to relate to people of all levels within the organization, including the 10,000+ students. It is important to the college that the Vice President for Instruction walk the halls and interact with students, faculty, and staff. Kellogg Community College has made great strides in their stated mission of equity and inclusion. This Vice President must further lead the charge with a sincere appreciation of the necessity for diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the college and external community.

The college enjoys strong partnerships in the community. Continuing to strengthen and grow community, business, and k-12 partnerships will be critical to the success of Kellogg Community College.

Internally, effective partnerships are important as well. The next Vice President for Instruction will have the ability to work with and further unite the areas of general education, occupational education, and workforce and contract training. This Vice President must understand the need for and have demonstrated success in building an effective working relationship with student affairs departments.

Minimum Requirements

Education: Ph.D, Ed.D. or equivalent terminal degree in Educational Leadership or an Academic Discipline of applicable field. Applicants meeting the “Experience” portion of the Minimum Requirements and currently active in their pursuit of a doctoral degree will be considered qualified for the position.

Experience: Seven years of experience, including three or more years full time teaching experience in higher education, 3-5 years of experience at the Chair (or equivalent) level or higher.

Special Technical Knowledge: Education, Leadership, Administration, or related field. It is helpful to have experience in both occupational and transfer education.

Preferred Characteristics

  • Proven record of effective problem solving skills at the interpersonal, group, functional, and cross-organizational level. Ability to comprehend issues and translate them into solutions and facilitate implementation of the solutions across the organization.
  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Five or more years administrative experience at the dean (or comparable) level or above.
  • Academic leadership experience in the community college environment.
  • Teaching experience in a higher education environment – 90 credit hours (or equivalent) of college level teaching experience.
  • Experience working effectively with diverse populations. Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, including those with physical and/or learning disabilities.
  • Ability to review and analyze complex, multi-functional systems/ relationships.
  • Proven ability to increase student success.

Job Description

Application Process

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Please direct inquiries and nominations to the college’s search consultant: Angela Provart, President, Pauly Group, Inc., 3901 Wood Duck Drive, Suite E, Springfield, Illinois 62711.  Phone: 217-241-5400, Fax: 217-241-5400, or Email: aprovart@paulygroup.com.

Please submit electronically to aprovart@paulygroup.com the following documents as MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments: (1) a cover letter that addresses the Minimum Requirements; (2) a current résumé; and (3) names and contact information of five professional references.

The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted by Monday, October 1st, 2018 receiving priority consideration. All applications are confidential and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization of the applicant.

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