VP for Student Life Search

VP for Student Life Search

Open forums for finalists

The University of Iowa Vice President for Student Life Search Committee has announced the dates of public forums for the four final candidates for the position. The forums will take place the week of May 1 and will consist of a presentation by the candidate followed by a brief Q&A and light refreshments. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please fill out our candidate survey following your interactions with a candidate -- feedback will be accepted until 5:00pm on Friday, May 5

Dates/times/locations for open forums:

  • Melissa Shivers -- Monday, May 1: 3:30–5 p.m. in room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Building
  • Timothy A. Alvarez -- Tuesday, May 2: 3:30–5 p.m. in room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Building
  • Lon Moeller -- Wednesday, May 3: 3:30–5 p.m. in room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Building
  • Salvador Mena -- Thursday, May 4: 3:30–5 p.m. in room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Building

The name of each candidate will be announced 24 hours prior to their arrival on campus.

VP candidate feedback survey

Your feedback is important to the selection process. Please fill out this survey about VP candidates you've interacted with. Feedback will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Friday, May 5.

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About the position 

The University of Iowa seeks a dynamic leader to fill the position of Vice President for Student Life. The Vice President provides creative vision and leadership for all student life programs and activities, including University Housing and Dining, Women's Resource and Action Center, University Counseling Service, Rape Victim Advocacy Program, Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator, Student Disability Services, Office of the Dean of Students, Iowa Memorial Union, Student Health and Wellness, and Recreational Services. The Vice President works closely with students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to advocate for students, forge partnerships that advance university goals, and ensure student learning, personal development, and well-being. As a member of the President’s cabinet, the VP advises the President and other senior administrators on policies and practices related to the university’s diverse student body.

Universal competencies

The following universal competencies apply to all positions at the University of Iowa.

  • Positive Impact/Achieving Results: Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.
  • Service Excellence/Customer Focus: Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.
  • Collaboration and Embracing Diversity: Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Required qualifications

  • A terminal degree in Higher Education, Student Development, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Leadership experience with demonstrated increases in responsibility in student affairs or academic administration (typically 10 or more years).
  • Budget planning and financial analysis experience (typically 3 or more years).
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting a diverse environment.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience advocating for and forging productive partnerships with a broad array of internal and external university constituents, including students, faculty, staff, parents, and the public.
  • Evidence of multicultural competency and commitment to diversity, specifically of having advanced diversity through hiring, mentoring, and promoting professionals from diverse backgrounds.
  • An understanding of methods for learning outcome assessment, decision-making via evidence, and deployment of high-impact educational practices.
  • Experience working in a research-intensive and doctoral-granting institution.
  • Experience working at a public educational institution.
  • Ability to lead change and manage conflict in dynamic and high-pressure situations.
  • Ability to be innovative, creative, and courageous when addressing institutional challenges.
  • Teaching and scholarship experience suitable for appointment as a tenured faculty member in the appropriate academic department.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills.

Procedure for applications and nominations

For best consideration, submit applications or nominations by March 31st. For inquiries and questions regarding this position contact Ken Brown, Professor and Associate Dean, Tippie College of Business, at (319) 335-0924, Laura McLeran, Senior Advisor to the President, Associate Vice President for External Relations at (319) 335-3549, or email us at vpstudentlife-search@uiowa.edu.

The application period for this position has closed.

All applications must be completed online via this website; however, if you need an accommodation in order to apply for this position, please contact Ms. Sharon Beck by phone  at (319) 335-2430 or send an email to sharon-beck@uiowa.edu.


We are accepting nominations for this position. If you'd like to submit a nomination for this position, please fill out the nomination form by March 31st.

The nomination period for this position has closed.

About the search committee

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About the Division of Student Life

The mission of the University of Iowa Division of Student Life is to foster student success by creating and promoting inclusive educationally purposeful services and activities within and beyond the classroom.

The Division employs over 2700 staff and students and oversees 11 residence halls and 348 university apartments, 15 food service outlets, 10 Recreational Facilities including Macbride Nature Recreation Area, 4 Cultural and Resource Centers, the Women’s Resource and Action Center, the Iowa Memorial Union, and the Iowa House Hotel.

The Division has three strategic priorities: (1) Health and safety, (2) student leadership development, and (3) multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion. Each priority is a division-wide, or campus-wide, collaborative initiative guided by assessment to measure outcomes and progress.

About the University of Iowa

In pursuing its missions of teaching, research, and service, the University of Iowa seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.

The University of Iowa carries out its academic mission primarily through its 11 colleges, which offer undergraduate and graduate education, professional education, and education and training in the health sciences. The university is home to one of the nation's largest and most highly acclaimed academic medical centers, the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop, the brand new Hancher Auditorium and Voxman Music Building, and more than 200 different academic areas of study for students to explore. Iowa students host an annual Dance Marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer patients and their families; since its founding, the event has raised over $21 million dollars. Students learn valuable skills coordinating numerous concerts, movies, lectures, and events, meaning there is always something entertaining and educational to do.

Iowa Hawkeyes come from everywhere and all walks of life. They bring their passions and their perspectives with them, enriching our community and the world. Our more than 33,000 students come from 114 countries and all 50 states. 

The University of Iowa Organizational Chart

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UI Organizational Chart

Building a career and a life at Iowa

At the University of Iowa, we recognize the important relationship between productive careers and quality personal lives. The resources on our Build a Career | Build a Life  website are designed to assist you to successfully build a career and build a life.

Working at Iowa

The 2016 Working at Iowa survey results show that University of Iowa faculty and staff have high levels of agreement with survey items that indicate an engaged, and therefore productive and effective, workforce. The strengths that continue to drive engagement at the university include that faculty and staff: 

  • Understand their role and contribution toward the mission of the university. 
  • Recognize a strong emphasis on customer service, thereby contributing to student success, patient care experience, and/or service to others within the university. 
  • Report their supervisors treat them with respect. 
  • Recommend the UI to friends seeking employment.

About Iowa City, Iowa

Iowa City is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S. by everyone from Outside Magazine to the American Institute for Economic Research–and with good reason. It’s a community that takes pride in openness, diversity, and safety. It’s a place where everyone is welcome.

But it’s also a cultural hub, a gathering place for artists of every medium, the home of some of America’s most inventive minds, and so much more. Iowa City is one of just 20 UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world, and the only one in the U.S, establishing it as an international destination for creative thinkers. In addition to academic year events coordinated by the university and numerous local theaters and cinemas, summer festivals include the Iowa City Arts and Iowa City Jazz Festivals. Throughout the year energy fills the streets, creating a vibrant place that we love to call home.

For inquiries and questions regarding this position contact Ken Brown, Professor and Associate Dean, Tippie College of Business, at (319) 335-0924 or vpstudentlife-search@uiowa.edu.

The University of Iowa values diversity among students, faculty, and staff and believes that a rich diversity of people and the many points of view they bring serve to enhance the quality of the educational experience at the University of Iowa.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. 

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