The Vice President for Academic Affairs is the senior administrative official responsible for the direction of the academic and student affairs of SWOSU, including the functions of teaching, research, distance learning, continuing education, assessment, admissions, registration, media services, and the library.

In cooperation with the academic deans and the Dean of the Sayre Campus, the Vice President for Academic Affairs oversees curriculum and selection of faculty and is responsible for all aspects of instruction, program and faculty evaluation and development, scheduling of classes, enrollment, and catalog revision.

The administrative officers directly responsible to the Vice President for Academic Affairs are listed in the following sections. Authority flows from the Vice President for Academic Affairs to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Deans of the academic colleges, the Dean of the Sayre Campus, and the Directors of academic support areas. The Director of Distance Education and eLearning, Director of Institution Research, Director of Libraries, and Director of Sponsored Programs also report to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs reports to the President.