University of California San Diego — Associate Vice Chancellor, Innovation in Education

The University of California San Diego seeks a strategic and collaborative leader to serve as its inaugural Associate Vice Chancellor – Innovation in Education (AVC-IE). 

The Associate Vice Chancellor will provide strategic leadership to creatively advance education at UC San Diego, to provide an equitable, high-quality educational experience for all students. Under the direction of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the AVC-IE will lead the Strategic Academic Program Development Initiative, designed to stimulate the creation of new academic programs and related infrastructure to meet campus priorities for access, academic success, enhanced reputational standing, and/or new revenue generation. The AVC-IE will also supervise and partner with the Faculty Director of The Teaching + Learning Commons, which promotes educational excellence through instructional development for educators and student academic support. In addition to oversight of these two distinct programmatic areas, the AVC-IE will play an institutional role by collaborating with University leadership, deans, college provosts, faculty, the Academic Senate and staff to co-create a culture of innovation in education that will shape future generations of responsible, compassionate, global citizens. In this role, the AVC-IE will convene individuals, teams and groups; drive conversations across the University; ensure follow through and execution of new ideas; seek to align existing programs; and promote the sharing of best practices around retention and student success. Likewise, the AVC-IE will champion the development of digital strategies and introduction of new technologies to enhance educational excellence. Paramount to this endeavor will be a highly inclusive approach that ensures equitable benefit for all students to close achievement gaps and foster learning beyond graduation.

The new AVC-IE will have a demonstrated record of scholarship, publications or creative works and teaching that merits a tenured (ladder rank series) or security-of-employment (teaching professor series) faculty appointment as professor or associate professor at UC San Diego. They will have demonstrated knowledge of the scholarship of teaching and learning, intimate experience with and understanding of the academic culture of a research university and the ability to manage diverse stakeholders in a consensus-driven culture. The new AVC-IE will have the ability to lead institutional change and the demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills to work in a highly collaborative manner in a complex and matrixed environment. Demonstrated experience with strategies for and assessment of technology-enhanced learning and a commitment to enhance the inclusivity and equity of the campus teaching and learning environment are essential.

Established in 1960, UC San Diego is one of the most prominent research universities in the world with an enrollment of more than 38,000 students, and annual research expenditures of $1.2 billion and revenues of more than $4.5 billion. The campus—ranked the 12th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report—encompasses seven undergraduate residential colleges, five academic divisions, and five graduate and professional schools, including a medical school, school of pharmacy, and school of marine sciences. Of its more than 2,500 faculty, 201 hold membership in one or more of the three National Academies.

Confidential inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by September 30, 2019. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, a diversity statement (see Contributions to Diversity for more information) and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically to UC San Diego’s consultants Suzanne Teer, Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. and Julia Venetos at UCSanDiegoAVC-IE@wittkieffer.com.

The University of California San Diego is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Diversity is a defining feature of the University of California, which embraces it as a source of strength. Differences — of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experience and more — enhance the university’s ability to achieve its core missions of public service, teaching, and research. UC welcomes faculty, staff, and students from all backgrounds and wants everyone at UC to feel respected and valued (http://diversity.ucsd.edu).

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