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The Assistant Vice President of the Office of Teaching and Learning works collaboratively with academic leaders, faculty, and staff to create and deliver innovative, high quality online/hybrid and face-to-face courses and programs that promote academic excellence, enhance student learning, increase access, and support degree completion. The Assistant Vice President is responsible for providing support, resources, programming, and training to develop faculty pedagogical skills, including but not limited to technology-enhanced instructional methods, instructional design, and engaged and inclusive learning approaches. The Assistant Vice President reports to the Associate Vice President of Academic Programs. Incumbent will:
• Shape and effectively communicate a coherent vision for an educational model that blends the best of traditional teaching and learning with the best of online and technology-supported teaching and learning. Achieve support for the role, scope, and implementation of this model from internal and external constituencies.
• Provide leadership in designing, implementing, and assessing a comprehensive program for faculty instructional development to assist faculty at all stages of their careers. This may include workshops, programs, seminars, faculty learning communities, and other events focused on engaged and inclusive teaching and learning practices that reflect current research, and emphasize technology-enhanced approaches, modes of delivery such as hybrid and online, and emerging technologies.
• Collaborate with faculty, department chairs, deans, and administrators to implement a long range strategy for developing and delivering courses and programs that employ various distance learning approaches, and to address pedagogical development needs related to teaching excellence and technology-enhanced instruction. Overcome obstacles to technology-enhanced course development and teaching, and create structural and other changes in support of effective online/hybrid activities, including but not limited to transitioning responsibility for such initiatives into academic departments.
• Develop policies, planning, and management strategies for online learning that facilitate quality design, high standards, effective pedagogical practice, and increased online/hybrid offerings. Select indicators and tools which address relevant questions about online learning to assist all stakeholders in improvement, growth, and expansion efforts. Conduct ongoing evaluation of online/hybrid services, technologies, and emergent needs and use data to support and inform decision-making for planning, growth, and improvement.
• Advocate for and work collaboratively to create a culture of teaching excellence and encourage the development of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Stay current in the field of teaching and learning, maintaining a personal scholarly agenda, including regular research, publications, and appropriate national-level presentations in the field of faculty development and distance education. Model innovative pedagogical practices by regularly teaching courses using a variety of delivery methods and modalities. These might include large sections, hybrid, online, or technology-enhanced courses.
• Work closely with deans, department chairs, student services, academic support, and information technology services to identify and implement technologies and effective practices for engaged and rigorous online/hybrid and technology-delivered courses.
• Develop a sustainable business model that supports institutional goals for increasing online and hybrid delivery. Provide related budgetary planning and recommendations for resource needs to support agreed-upon directions. Develop and administer policies and procedures for online/blended courses, which facilitate processes for compliance with institutional, state, and federal requirements as well as accrediting/certifying bodies.
• Supervise office staff and provide them with guidance and leadership for the collaborative development and implementation of innovative programming that meets faculty needs and institutional directions.
Graduation from a regionally accredited institution with a doctorate degree and a minimum of three years of recent experience in a related field within higher education in a strategic leadership role, including management of departments and programs OR a master’s degree in a related field and five years of related experience within higher education in a strategic leadership role, including management of departments and programs.
Graduation from a regionally accredited institution with a doctorate degree in an academic discipline, education technology, distance education, adult learning, higher education, or a related field. Rank of Associate Professor or Professor with a history of successful advancement through a faculty evaluation or promotion system. Seven or more years of progressive responsibility in the design, development, delivery, and marketing of technology-enhanced delivery of higher education programs; related experience in leading and managing faculty development activities; and strategic leadership, management, and planning expertise. Prior experience in institutions similar to UVU (in size, complexity, and mission) is an advantage. Online teaching expertise and an active scholarly record related to the position responsibilities is an asset.
Strong leadership experience and demonstrated effectiveness in working collaboratively with academic administrators and faculty to create credibility and trust, and encourage initiative and innovation in online education and faculty development.
Knowledge of nationally-recognized processes for quality assurance for online education and student learning.
Experience with state and national standards and requirements for distance learning.
Excellent listening, inquiry, and follow-up skills; willingness to learn about and embrace different viewpoints and perspectives; patience and ability to mediate differences.
Outstanding oral presentation and written communication skills across various audiences.
Clear record of successful strategic and operational leadership.
Demonstrated ability in the effective pedagogical uses of emerging technologies, and the ability to embed appropriate forms of instructional technology into teaching contexts to support student learning.
Demonstrated capacity to collaborate across organizational units to create programs, maximize resources, and enhance the work of faculty.
Ability to inspire and influence others to support a comprehensive mission/vision; clear evidence of the ability to implement and manage change.
Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, administrators).
Ability to learn about and embrace different viewpoints and perspectives; patience and ability to mediate differences.
Demonstrated ability to implement new processes, procedures, and standards.
Proven ability to creatively and entrepreneurially seize distance learning opportunities.
Please list a minimum of three references. References may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process.
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