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Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Innovation Search

Michigan State University is conducting a search for its next Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Innovation. Updates throughout this process will be provided on this webpage. The executive search firm, WittKieffer, will facilitate the search process. If you have nominations for qualified applicants, please send them to the search firm at this address:

Executive Summary

Michigan State University (MSU) seeks a student and learner-centered and educator-success-focused senior-level administrative leader to serve as the inaugural Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Innovation. Applications, inquiries, and nominations are invited.

Michigan State is the nation’s premier land-grant university and one of the top research universities in the world. As a member of both the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Big Ten Academic Alliance, MSU is nationally recognized for its academic excellence, impactful research, and global outreach. It is also known for its Spartan grit and resilience. MSU is stronger because of its community, which includes more than 51,000 students, 5,600 faculty and staff, and a network of over half a million living alums who are extremely loyal supporters and cheerleaders for the University.

Reporting directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Innovation will be responsible for envisioning, leading, and implementing academic innovations across MSU by fostering collaborations among stakeholders internally, as well as external partners. The vice provost will lead a team of approximately 14 full-time staff, faculty fellows and student employees; overseeing the areas of Teaching and Learning Success Strategies, the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation, #iteachmsu Commons, Online Program Management, and Spartans Learn.


Search Updates

Updates regarding the vice provost search will be made available as the search begins.

Search Committee Members

  • Jerlando Jackson,* Dean, College of Education
  • Brendan Guenther, Chief Academic Digital Officer, Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation
  • Stephen Thomas,** Academic Specialist, Interim Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Education
  • Jason Beaudin, Executive Director Educational Technology, MSU IT
  • Kathryn Harding, Student Representative, ASMSU Health, Safety and Wellness Director
  • Danielle Flores Lopez, Interim Assistant Dean DEI, College of Natural Science
  • Leigh Small, Dean, College of Nursing
  • Ryan Sweeder, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs, Lyman Briggs College
  • Stefanie Baier, Academic Specialist, Director instructional Development, Graduate School

*Search Committee Chair
**Affirmative Action Advocate

Search Timeline

  • May through end of July 2024 – Recruitment
  • Early-Mid August 2024 – Candidate Review
  • September 2024 – First Round Interviews
  • October 2024 – Final Interviews and Selection


Questions about the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Innovation search can be directed to the search firm, WittKiefer, at

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