The University of Michigan (U-M), the state’s public flagship university and one of the world’s preeminent research universities, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity.

Now operating in its third century, U-M continues to explore how it will fulfill its mission to develop leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. Currently, the main campus in Ann Arbor has an enrollment of 46,000 students, about a third of whom are in graduate and professional studies, and a tenured and tenure-track faculty of nearly 3,200 (total faculty of over 7,200 and a total staff of more than 15,000). U-M is consistently ranked among the top institutions of higher education globally with 263 degree programs, a 97 percent first-year student retention rate, and 102 graduate programs ranked in the top 10 nationally. In addition to the main campus and the U-M Health System and Medical School (Michigan Medicine), the university has regional campuses in Flint and Dearborn.

From its status as one of the first universities in the nation to admit women in 1870, to its historic defense of race-conscious admission policies at the United States Supreme Court in 2003, U-M continues to lead the way in making higher education accessible to all. In the fall of 2016, after a yearlong period of intense planning, U-M launched its five-year strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion, which signified the university’s renewed pledge for developing a diverse university community while creating an inclusive and equitable campus climate.

The Position


The Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) has recently been reorganized and now fully reports to the Office of the Provost. OIE is currently expanding its staff to accomplish its core functions and support the university’s plan to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for the entire campus community. OIE is responsible for carrying out the university’s protected-class discrimination and harassment policies with respect to faculty and staff, and the sexual harassment policies related to students, faculty, and staff. OIE is a key leader in the development of these policies and in educational efforts related to equity and anti-discrimination issues across the campus and health system. OIE collaborates with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Human Resources; the Division of Student Life; Office of the General Counsel; university and local law enforcement; and other stakeholders in serving as a resource and leader in the university’s commitment to diversity and equity for all members of its community.


The Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity (AVPIE) reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost), providing leadership and direction in support of diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, and cultural understanding and competency.


  • oversees and ensures compliance with affirmative action, equal opportunity, civil rights, and higher education laws, including Title IX, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal and state laws;
  • oversees the delivery of investigations, programming, educational opportunities, and other services;
  • works collaboratively with other senior leaders on strategic planning, policy creation, and various efforts to build a community rich in cultural understanding and an ethical work environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment;
  • serves as a thought leader and resource in developing and implementing equity and diversity initiatives within the U-M community; and
  • oversees the university’s mediation efforts involving faculty and staff.

The position directs OIE’s administrative functions and operations and is responsible for a $2 million budget and 17 FTE staff, including 11 direct reports, including the university’s Title IX Coordinator and its ADA Coordinator.


The Office for Institutional Equity was established in November 2003, created through the consolidation of the Office for a Multicultural Community, Equity and Diversity Services, and the Gender Equity and Sexual Harassment Policy Office. OIE’s first leader was Anthony Walesby, who served as Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Senior Director for Institutional Equity, and Title IX Coordinator. He stepped down in December 2016 when he was named Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at Illinois State University, his alma mater.

The next Associate Vice Provost was Pamela Heatlie, who brought significant experience from her 13-year tenure in OIE. She served in the position from April 2017 to October 2018, when she took the role of Director at UM-Dearborn’s newly formed Office for Institutional Equity. Jeffery Frumkin, Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Senior Director for Academic Human Resources—who previously served as the interim head of OIE before Heatlie—is currently serving as Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Senior Director for OIE on an interim basis while U-M searches nationally for a permanent leader.

U-M plans to fill the position in January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. To that end, U-M has retained Spelman Johnson to assist in recruiting OIE’s next leader, who will hold the title of Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity. Prior to launching the search, OIE went through a number of changes to enhance its operations. Specifically, OIE now reports directly to Provost Martin Philbert; additional resources have been provided to the office, including additional staffing and the implementation of a new database and case-management system to streamline its work; and Elizabeth Seney has been appointed U-M’s Title IX Coordinator in addition to her duties as OIE’s Senior Associate Director.


Among the many duties of the Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity, the following have been identified by the search advisory committee as being of special importance (listed in no particular order):

Serve as a key university leader

In collaboration with partners across campus, oversee and facilitate the university’s efforts to foster a working, learning, and living environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. Oversee the development and enforcement of applicable university policies that prohibit all forms of discrimination and harassment as outlined in the university’s non-discrimination statement and related policies. Provide leadership and direction in the implementation and administration of the university’s efforts to prevent, as well as respond to, harassment and discrimination. Guide the design and delivery of educational and training programs to support diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, and cultural understanding and competency.

Represent the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE)

Represent and advocate for OIE within the university context. Serve as the primary liaison between OIE and the university community, including students, faculty, staff, and institutional leadership. Develop and communicate the mission and vision of OIE as a resource for the campus community. Represent OIE and the university with external stakeholders (e.g., government bodies/agencies, media, counterparts at other institutions, etc.)

Provide guidance and support

Provide guidance and support when there is a conflict with a party, unit, department, or leadership, including meeting with individuals whose concerns about the office or process are escalated. Provide guidance on appropriate contacts or resources when OIE staff are navigating various and unique situations or challenges. Provide guidance and support to entities responsible for civil rights investigations and compliance efforts at Michigan Medicine, the Flint campus, and the Dearborn campus.

Develop and implement process improvements and appropriate strategies

Develop and incorporate process improvements for better efficiency and effectiveness within OIE, including developing and maintaining internal protocols to ensure consistency in the response and processing of reported incidents.  Implement appropriate strategies to address high caseload volumes in a thorough and timely manner, while maintaining a balanced and effective work environment.

Provide direct supervision and functional support

Provide direct supervision to the university’s OIE Associate Directors, Title IX Coordinator (Ann Arbor campus), and ADA Coordinator (Ann Arbor campus). Provide functional support to additional OIE staff at the Ann Arbor campus, including: Senior Administrative Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Investigators, Digital Information and Accessibility Coordinator, and Information Specialist. Build on OIE’s positive team culture. Oversee OIE staff professional development and training compliant with VAWA, Title IX, Title VII, VEVRAA, ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, guidance from the US Department of Education, other state and federal mandates, and suggested practices.

Oversee institutional response and communications

Oversee institutional responses to requests for OIE records from external persons and agencies, including Freedom of Information Act requests, state and federal investigations, media inquiries, and litigation-related discovery requests. Oversee preparation of and deliver communications regarding OIE’s activities and efforts, including investigations, trainings, and other forms of response. Coordinate development of resource and communication materials relating to support of institutional equity functions.


The Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity will work with Provost Martin Philbert to determine specific measures of success and their respective timetables. The search advisory committee offers the following general metrics for the position:

  • good working relationships with key partners across campus;
  • increased awareness among the campus community of OIE’s services and the many ways the office supports the university and its constituencies;
  • stakeholder confidence in the unit’s knowledge and expertise to assist the university in prohibiting discrimination and harassment and meeting its compliance responsibilities;
  • positive relationships with all OIE staff members and further reinforcement of the positive team culture within OIE—staff morale is high and they feel valued;
  • development and implementation of process improvements to enhance efficiency and effectively manage OIE’s workload;
  • timely responses to requests for records and to inquiries regarding OIE’s activities and efforts;
  • continuation of staff professional development and training compliant with state and federal mandates and best practices;
  • guidance and support to entities responsible for civil right investigations and compliance efforts at Michigan Medicine, UM-Flint, and UM-Dearborn; and
  • effective representation and advocacy for OIE within the university context and representing the university and OIE effectively with external stakeholders.


Requirements include:

  • a record of successful administrative experience in diversity and equity, affirmative action, and resolution of discrimination and harassment complaints, preferably at a higher education institution or an organization with similar complexity;
  • extensive knowledge of AA/EEO/civil rights and higher education laws; experience overseeing and/or personally conducting investigations on various issues related to discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and sexual harassment;
  • experience overseeing, developing, and/or presenting educational programming related to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or related legal compliance;
  • demonstrated ability to recruit, develop, and supervise professional staff; and
  • a JD or master’s degree in a related field or equivalent education and experience.

The ideal candidate will present evidence of strategic agility, excellent judgment, strong communication and interpersonal skills, impeccable integrity, and ability to respond with equanimity to crisis, criticism, high risk, and situations that are highly sensitive or have been escalated publicly or within the university.

Institution & Location


The University of Michigan was established in 1817, as the University of Michigan in Detroit and became the first public university in the Northwest Territories. It was renamed the University of Michigan in 1821. In 1837, the same year in which Michigan became a state, the school moved to Ann Arbor, a town that was only 13 years old. When the first classes were taught in 1841, U-M had two professors and seven students. Women were first admitted in 1870. The university has grown to include three campuses, together educating more than 61,000 students annually. With a 15:1 student to faculty ratio, U-M offers best-in-class academics and is one of the preeminent research institutions in the world. The renowned U-M Health System is consistently ranked as one of the finest in the country.

The university has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in path-breaking research, undergraduate and graduate education, and extraordinary faculty, alumni, and students. At the Ann Arbor campus there are 19 schools and colleges, more than 28,000 faculty and staff members, and over 46,000 students. The regional campuses are located in Flint and Dearborn.

U-M’s current operating budget is more than $8.71 billion, generated from state appropriations, tuition, research grants and contracts, Health System revenues, gifts, and other sources. The university’s $11.9 billion endowment is the ninth largest in the country in higher education and third among public universities, after two university systems.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

The vibrant and active city of Ann Arbor is consistently rated as one of the nation’s top college towns. In addition to being the hometown of a world-class university, Ann Arbor is home to many high-tech research companies and charming neighborhoods with a rich mix of cultures. Downtown Detroit—with its eclectic mix of entertainment and professional sports—is less than an hour’s drive away, and Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) offers a nearby gateway to the globe as a hub for Delta Airlines.

Although geographically small, the Ann Arbor area is perhaps most renowned for its cultural offerings and nightlife. From cutting-edge art exhibits and dozens of unique galleries to performances by legends in all of the performing arts, there are abundant opportunities to enjoy arts and culture throughout the community. The Ann Arbor Art Fairs envelop the campus and downtown areas with nearly 500,000 visitors over a four-day span every July. The Ark is one of the finest music clubs anywhere, with 300 performances yearly.

Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County provide a bounty of recreational settings to golf, hike, cycle, or canoe. In the warmer months, the area offers street festivals and outdoor fairs. “Foodies” will appreciate the nearly 300 restaurants within a 20-mile radius of Ann Arbor, with options ranging from traditional Italian bistros to trendy contemporary American restaurants.

Ann Arbor is a highly educated community of 115,000 where nearly two-thirds of residents have at least a bachelor’s degree. It regularly makes a wide range of “top ten” lists rating, everything from the happiest places to live and most intelligent cities to the best educational offerings for kids and top communities for venture capital investments.

Ann Arbor is home to such recognized brands as Domino’s Pizza, Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Toyota Technical Center, and Google AdWorks.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Fiscal Resources

Since 2001, U-M has become increasingly reliant on tuition, research grants, fundraising, and other sources of revenue to offset a declining share of revenue from state appropriations. In actual dollars, state appropriations for the Ann Arbor campus peaked at $363.56 million in FY 2002. The actual FY 2019 state appropriation was $320.8 million

In November 2013, the university officially launched the Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign with a goal of $4 billion. The campaign surpassed its goal and closed on December 31, 2018, after raising $5.28 billion with more than 398,000 donors having made 2.4 million gifts.

For the FY 2019 general fund budget for the Ann Arbor campus, 11.1 cents of every dollar supported centrally awarded financial aid.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Michigan is recognized nationally for its commitment to a diversity of people and ideas. Throughout its 200-year history, diversity, equity, and inclusion have been intertwined in the fabric of U-M. From its status as one of the first universities in the nation to admit women in 1870, to its historic defense of race conscious admission policies at the United States Supreme Court in 2003, U-M continues to lead the way in making higher education accessible to all.

Accessibility and affordability are complementary, and the university works to hold open its doors to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. The university’s leadership has continually made the commitment to be affordable and support Michigan students and their families. The University of Michigan is the only public university in Michigan—and one of just a handful in the nation—to maintain a longstanding commitment to cover 100 percent of demonstrated need of resident students through financial aid.

U-M Regional Campuses


The University of Michigan-Flint is an outstanding urban university committed to strong academics, research, and civic engagement. UM-Flint, which the Carnegie Foundation classifies as Master’s-Large, celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016. It was the first University of Michigan campus to be located outside of Ann Arbor.

UM-Flint is a top choice for students in the state, as well as nationally and globally. More than 7,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 100 areas of study, including doctoral programs. Notably, UM-Flint has established a Student Veterans Resource Center, a commitment that makes it one of only 16 universities in the country to have a partnership with the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Located on 76 acres in downtown Flint, UM-Flint is a vital part of the community. As a major economic driver for the region, the UM-Flint is committed to several important community partnerships. Most significant is working with school districts across southeastern Michigan to offer dual-enrollment opportunities to students who are ready for a university-level experience.


Since its founding in 1959 with a gift of than 200 acres from Ford Motor Co., University of Michigan-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. Shaped by a history of interaction with business, government, and industry of the region, UM-Dearborn has developed into a comprehensive university with 9,000 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, and professional degrees in arts and sciences, business, education, and engineering and computer science.

One-third of the campus, more than 70 acres, is maintained as one of the largest natural areas in metropolitan Detroit, serving as a research and educational resource for the campus and the region. The Henry Ford Estate—Fair Lane, longtime home to the automotive pioneer and his wife, Clara, is a National Historic Landmark located on campus.

As Detroit, the state of Michigan, and the Midwest transition to 21st century economies, UM-Dearborn places particular emphasis on the future of manufacturing, pre-K-12 education, racial and ethnic divisions, urban and environmental problems, and local and regional leadership.

The Flint and Dearborn campuses have separate financial aid operations that work in partnership with the Ann Arbor campus, but under the direction of the chancellors on their individual campuses.

Governance and Administrative Structure

The Board of Regents

The University of Michigan is governed by a constitutionally autonomous Board of Regents, which consists of eight members elected at large in biennial statewide elections. The President of the University serves as an ex officio member of the board. Regents serve without compensation for overlapping terms of eight years. According to the Michigan Constitution of 1963, the Regents have “general supervision” of the institution and “the control and direction of all expenditures from the institution’s funds.” In addition to numerous hours devoted to study, committee work, and attendance at events, the Regents meet once a month in a public session.

University Administration

President Mark S. Schlissel is the chief executive officer of the university. Chancellors lead the regional campuses and report to the President, as do several Executive Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Director of Public Safety and Security.

Current organizational charts are available at

Senate Assembly

The Senate Assembly is the governing body representing faculty from the Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn campuses. The Senate Assembly consists of 74 elected faculty members, each serving a three-year term. The Senate Assembly meets regularly during the academic year and is charged by Regents’ Bylaws to represent the interests and concerns of the faculty.


Mark S. Schlissel, MD, PhD – President

Dr. Mark S. Schlissel is the 14th President of the University of Michigan and the first physician-scientist to lead the institution. He became President in July 2014.

Schlissel previously was Provost of Brown University, where he was responsible for all academic programmatic and budgetary functions within Brown’s schools and colleges, as well as the libraries, research institutes and centers.

A graduate of Princeton University (AB, summa cum laude, 1979, Biochemical Sciences), he earned both MD and PhD degrees at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1986, Physiological Chemistry). He did his residency training in internal medicine at Hopkins Hospital and conducted postdoctoral research as a Bristol-Myers Cancer Research Fellow under David Baltimore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Whitehead Institute.

Schlissel began his career as a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1991, where he earned a number of awards and fellowships for his research and teaching. He moved to the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California-Berkeley in 1999 as Associate Professor, advancing to Professor in 2002. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in immunology as well as a large introductory course in biology for life science majors.

His research has focused on the developmental biology of B lymphocytes, the cell type in the immune system that secretes antibodies. His work has contributed to a detailed understanding of genetic factors involved in the production of antibodies and how mistakes in that process can lead to leukemia and lymphoma. He is the author or co-author of over 100 scientific papers and has trained 21 successful doctoral candidates in his lab.

He was the UC-Berkeley Dean of Biological Sciences in the College of Letters & Science and held the C.H. Li Chair in Biochemistry until his appointment as Brown’s Provost in 2011. He served as Vice Chair of the Molecular and Cell Biology Department from 2002-07.

Nationally, he has served as member and Chair of the Immunology Study Section at the National Institutes of Health and on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Scientific Review Board.

Schlissel was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigators in 1998 and the American Association of Physicians in 2013. He has been a member of the American Association of Immunologists since 1992 and was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013. He has helped organize major international scientific meetings and is a frequent seminar speaker at universities through the United States.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Schlissel is married to Monica Schwebs, an environmental and energy lawyer. They have four grown children.

Martin A. Philbert, PhD – Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Martin A. Philbert is Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan. He is also Professor of Toxicology in the U-M School of Public Health. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 from the College of Arts and Technology at Cambridge, and his PhD in 1987 from the London University Royal Postgraduate Medical School. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in the Neurotoxicology Laboratories at Rutgers University from 1988-90. Philbert served as Research Assistant Professor at Rutgers Neurotoxicology Laboratories until 1995 when he joined the faculty at the U-M School of Public Health as Assistant Professor of Toxicology. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000 and to Professor in 2004. He served as Associate Chair for Research and Development in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences from 2000-03. In 2004, Philbert was appointed Senior Associate Dean for Research of the School of Public Health, a position he held through 2010 when he was appointed Dean. He was appointed Provost in September 2017.

As a faculty member, Philbert maintained a continuously federally funded portfolio of basic research activities. His research has focused on the development of flexible polymer nanoplatforms for optical sensing of ions and small molecules and the early detection and treatment of brain tumors. Other research interests include the mitochondrial mechanisms of chemically-induced neuropathic states. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Air Force and the National Cancer Institute. He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed scholarly manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters.

Philbert served as the inaugural Chair of the US-EPA Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee that provides peer review of risk assessments produced under the auspices of the EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System and was a standing member of the Agency’s Science Advisory Board. He also served a four-year term on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, served as Chair of the US-EPA Board of Scientific Counselors, Chair of the US-FDA Science Advisory Board, and provides consultation to the federal agencies on a variety of issues surrounding emerging nanotechnologies, nanomedicine, health and safety.

Philbert is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science (USA), a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences (USA), a member of the Division of Earth and Life Sciences of the National Academy of Science (USA), the Committee on Toxicology of the National Research Council (USA).

The Student Body

With more than 1,200 student organizations and students from every state and 128 countries, there is never a dull moment at Michigan. There are also hundreds of campus tools, information, events, and resources to help keep students connected to the campus experience.

The University of Michigan has a total undergraduate enrollment of 29,026, with a gender distribution of 50 percent male students and 50 percent female students. At U-M, 33 percent of the students live in university-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing, and 67 percent of students live off-campus. In sports, the university is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division I.

Of the 6,403 new freshmen who are United States citizens or permanent residents, 949 are underrepresented minorities who make up 14.8 percent of new freshmen, an increase from 13.9 percent last year and 10 percent in 2014.

U-M offers a number of student services, including non-remedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. U-M also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late-night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at the university.

Academic Programs and Faculty

Michigan’s academic vigor offers excellence across disciplines and around the globe. Michigan is recognized as a leader in higher education due to the outstanding quality of its 19 schools and colleges, internationally recognized faculty, and departments with 250 degree programs.

The student-faculty ratio at University of Michigan is 15:1, and the school has 59.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Michigan include: Business Administration and Management, General; Experimental Psychology; Economics, General; Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology; and Computer and Information Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 97 percent.

Schools and Colleges:

  • Architecture & Urban Planning
  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Information
  • Kinesiology
  • Law
  • Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Medicine
  • Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Rackham School of Graduate Studies
  • Social Work

Benefits Overview

The health and well-being of our faculty and staff are a top priority. From competitive benefits to on-site wellness programs, we provide resources to support you and your family’s health and happiness. Benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Plan
  • Vision Plan
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Mental Health Counseling and Consultation Services
  • Occupational Health Services
  • Child Care and Lactation Resources
  • Retirement Plan
  • Supplemental Retirement Account
  • Group Term Life Insurance
  • Dependent Group Term Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Legal Services Plan
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Holidays and Season Days

Complete details are available at

Application & Nomination

U-M has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jim Norfleet at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.