Detailed Job Description
Led by the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs (VCAA), the Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for academic development, coordination of academic programs, advancing campus diversity efforts, and the development of infrastructure to support the growth of quality research and teaching. The Office is also responsible for advancing the Campus Strategic Plan and for supervising internal and external reviews, including accreditation.
The Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs (AVCAA) supports the VCAA in the achievement of the academic mission and vision of WSU Vancouver, and serves as the VCAA’s designee as needed. The AVCAA has responsibility to provide the Vice Chancellor with information needed to make informed, data-driven decisions and to monitor campus progress toward achieving the mission and vision. The AVCAA has essential job duties and responsibilities within four specific areas: student success, institutional research and strategic planning, academic planning, and assessment and accreditation. Essential job duties within those four areas are outlined below.
- Hold terminal degree in any discipline.
- Be tenured as an associate professor or professor in any discipline.
- Have leadership experience (e.g. program leader, department chair, leader in faculty governance).
- Demonstrate ability to lead collaborative efforts across academic disciplines and organizational units (e.g., learning initiatives, honors program).
- Provide evidence of working to advance diversity.
- Demonstrate ability to use data in developing policy recommendations (e.g., undergraduate and graduate curriculum development, or assessment and evaluation).
- Significant leadership experience with curriculum and program assessment and evaluation.
- Rank at level of professor.
- Experience in linking Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to assure seamless integration between student services and academic programs, including initiatives such as academic advising, student retention, and/or other programs geared toward ensuring student success.
- Experience with accreditation.
- WSU experience preferred.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience
- Co-chair the Student Success Council and lead efforts to develop robust and appropriate supports for students, monitor and seek to improve retention rates, and develop a first year experience program.
- Provide Academic Affairs oversight of the University Scholars Honors Program, including recruiting USHP students and faculty, staffing USHP coursework, managing USHP budget requests and expenditures, and reviewing final research theses.
- Work with academic leadership to develop DFW reduction plans as needed to increase student success.
- Coordinate the outreach to not-yet-registered students each semester.
- Coordinate the administration of the Teaching Innovations Small Grant program.
- Serve as Academic Affairs liaison to Student Affairs.
- Participate on Petitions Committee, Vancouver Advising Committee (VAC), and VAC Executive committee meetings.
- Coordinate the efforts of these groups with the University Academic Advising Executive Council.
- Serve as Academic Affairs designee to respond to formal student complaints and student petitions regarding general education requirements.
- Oversee New Faculty Orientation and professional development programs and provide support for mid-career mentoring efforts.
Institutional Research and Strategic Planning
- Supervise the Research Specialist – Campus Effectiveness position and work closely with Institutional Research in Pullman to identify data needs and collection methods, including the annual WSU Vancouver Strategic Planning Survey, the Diversity Council’s
- Campus Climate Survey, and the advising effectiveness survey.
- Oversee the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data needed to benchmark performance relative to the WSU Vancouver strategic plan.
- Prepare a biennial report to the campus community regarding WSU Vancouver’s progress at meeting the Strategic Plan goals, objectives, and benchmarks.
- Prepare additional reports as needed for various campus constituents (e.g., VCAA,
- Academic Leadership Council, Student Affairs, faculty) on Strategic Plan benchmarks (e.g., student engagement, DFW rates, syllabus inclusion of Student Learning Outcomes).
- Facilitate campus communication regarding existing data sources, surveys, and findings.
- Take leadership roles in initiatives to increase WSU Vancouver enrollment in a strategic and thoughtful way, such as co-chairing the Enrollment Management Task Force.
Assessment and Accreditation
- Provide campus oversight of UCORE, undergraduate, and graduate program assessment.
- Ensure that Vancouver-based programs have well-developed assessment plans and are collecting data to evaluate their programs’ Student Learning Outcomes.
- For multi-campus programs, ensure that Vancouver faculty actively participate in program assessment activities and receive program assessment results from Pullman.
- Work closely with the Director of the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning; the Liaison Council for Assessment of Undergraduate Programs; the Associate Dean of the Graduate School; and the University Common Requirements Committee to foster multi-campus communication and participation in undergraduate, graduate, and UCORE program assessment.
- Serve as the campus point person for ensuring adherence to NWCCU accreditation requirements; lead efforts to prepare for campus self-study and site visits.
- Serve as the campus liaison to the Council of Associate Deans.
- Serve as Office of Academic Affairs point person for curriculum planning and development, including review of new or revised degree, major, minor, and certificate proposals.
- Track the progress of all major change proposals from inception to conclusion.
- Work with Academic Leadership Council (or their designees) and the Registrar’s Office to coordinate course scheduling to facilitate student access to coursework needed for timely degree completion.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.
WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).
WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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