Human Resources

Administrative Positions

The following positions are open and are currently advertised in a variety of advertising sources.

  • Interested candidates should apply for the position of interest by following the instructions noted in the posting.
  • Please submit only the application material requested in the posting.

If you should have questions about the position, the requirements, or the hiring process, please call 417-625-9527.



Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Missouri Southern State University invites applicants for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Candidates for Provost should exhibit strong leadership skills and the ability to execute a vision of academic excellence, scholarly achievement, and service to the Joplin community and surrounding region. Candidates should have the ability to create a student-focused learning environment and provide leadership and direction to each of four schools – Arts & Sciences, Education, Business Administration, and Health Sciences. The Provost will earn the respect of faculty, students and staff by showing dedication to the institution and commitment to serving the academic community, and will be an effective voice on behalf of the faculty.

Areas of authority will include budget development; program assessment; institutional accreditation; and ensuring that the curriculum meets the needs of the University’s mission and the changeable nature of disciplines and delivery systems.   

MSSU serves nearly 6,000 students in nearly 200 academic programs. Its outstanding NCAA Division II athletics programs, award-winning themed semesters, and enriching cultural events in theater, art, music and film create an engaging learning environment for students and citizens of the region. MSSU is located in Joplin, Missouri, in the southwest corner of the state. Considered to be the “Crossroads of America,” Joplin is a friendly city of more than 50,000 with a trade area of close to 500,000 people.

An earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution and experience in teaching and academic leadership is required. Experience in a public college or university is preferred. View complete job description and additional requirements on this website. Qualified candidates must submit a cover letter, three letters of references with contact information, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and current vitae to: Please reference PROVOST in the subject line. Review of applications will be ongoing until a qualified candidate is selected.  For best consideration, please submit applications by November 10, 2014.  Official transcripts are required 45 days after contract is issued.  

MSSU is an EOE employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among faculty and staff.  Employment will require a background check. MSSU is an E-verify participating employer. 



 Applicants for employment may visit to view the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy that details MSSU policies and statistics about campus crime. A paper copy of this information is available upon request to the University Police Department at 417.626.2222.