Bluefield University Employment Opportunities

Provost & Chief Academic Officer

Bluefield University is actively seeking an experienced, visionary, and innovative professional to assume the role of Provost and Chief Academic Officer.

Bluefield University is a Christ-centered learning community developing servant leaders to transform the world. The University, now in its 100th year of fulfilling its Christian educational mission in Central Appalachia, believes in and is committed to the liberal arts tradition of education in combination with delivering a number of market-driven professional degree programs. With the main residential campus being in Bluefield, Virginia, the University also delivers its Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences in Blacksburg, Virginia, on the campus of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). With the newly formed relationships with VCOM and the Appalachian College of Pharmacy, the University is advancing its offerings of health science programs and certifications. In addition to offering more than 40 academic programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree levels through flexible online programs, the traditional on-campus experience, and professional graduate programs, the University aspires to develop and deliver doctoral programs in the near future.

The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the University, second in responsibility only to the President, and reports to the President and shall have such powers and duties as the President shall designate from time to time with the concurrence of the Board of Trustees. The Provost is an active participant in the administration of the University and serves on the senior leadership team and works closely with the Board of Trustees and students. The Provost provides leadership and management to all academic units and ensures consistent quality standards in curriculum and programs that meet the learning needs of students. The Provost represents the academic program areas of the University to all constituent groups and serves in the role of chief academic planning officer and ensures compliance with various accreditation agencies, as well as Federal and State regulations.

The successful candidate will exemplify a strong Christian faith, a commitment to the Christian mission of the University, as well as a commitment to actively promoting its vision, mission, and values; an earned doctorate; significant teaching and administrative experience; demonstrated achievement in teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level; appropriate scholarship and publications; understanding of the intricacies of the traditional, online, and graduate programs; budget management skills; excellent communication skills; demonstrated ability to work with administrators, faculty, students, and other constituent groups; and appreciation for shared governance.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Bluefield University is a private, not-for-profit institution affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia. Bluefield University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, religion, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other basis on which the University is prohibited from discrimination in employment under local, state, or federal law. The institution encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

To apply, please visit to complete the electronic employment application and upload a letter of interest, vitae, the names and full contact information for at least three professional references, along with a statement of Christian faith. Hard copy application materials may be sent to Ms. Jordan Dillon, Executive Assistant to the President, at Bluefield University, 3000 College Drive, Bluefield, VA 24605, or [email protected]. Additional information about Bluefield University is available at Compensation will be based upon education, experience, and certifications.

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231