I have an on-campus interview coming up soon for a regional, teaching-focused school, and on my agenda is a meeting with the provost. Can anyone offer advice about what to expect during this meeting? I've heard a bit about what deans are looking for (helping the department/university make or save money and keeping up with the latest trends in the field), but I have no idea what the interests of the provost might be. Any advice would be much appreciated.
the provost will want to know that you love to teach, understand the mission of the institution (and can help answer questions about that if it's not completely clear), and will probably/likely contribute some feedback to the search committee about how successful you might be in the position. the provost will have an institution-wide view which is a very useful perspective to get, especially taking the long (not so long) view towards reviews.
read up on the structure of the institution - how are the divisions/colleges organized? is there a core curriculum/gen ed program? - you can ask about how the department is viewed within the institution, what are some areas of growth or concern for the institution - big picture things like that.
I remember a provost meeting being a great conversation that gave me confidence in the leadership of the institution. I also remember having no clue what a provost was responsible for!