Vice Provost for Digital Learning Initiatives
This is an exciting new position charged with developing and implementing a distinctive strategy for digital learning at the University of Idaho. We seek a talented and dynamic individual to lead the effort to develop and coordinate the building of a strong, robust and efficient remote learning infrastructure to provide faculty and students simple and centralized access to University of Idaho’s online education offerings. This position would be responsible for coordinating existing online education programs, developing additional programing in key markets and partnering in emerging statewide digital online learning collaborations. The funding for this position has been established through a new Public-Private Partnership.
Details about the university’s plans to expand online offerings are available here.
The Vice Provost for Digital Learning Initiatives has responsibility to oversee and implement priorities and policies to develop and maintain a culture of academic excellence throughout the University’s digital learning initiatives. The vice provost is responsible to coordinate all online and distance education strategies for the university. The vice provost will lead the university’s efforts to develop and implement centralized support activities and support academic programs using distance and online delivery methods. The vice provost works in partnership with the academic deans, department administrators, faculty and senior leadership to support efforts with program planning and implementation to serve the State of Idaho and beyond. The vice provost facilitates the appropriate inclusion of faculty, staff, students and stakeholders in the University’s decision-making process for these initiatives. The vice provost is expected to employ strategies that align with the University’s strategic goals while carrying out the mission of the unit. This position reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President.
Key Accountability: Developing and Coordinating Online Programs
- Provide leadership, direction, oversight, and vision for the launching of and coordinating existing online programs.
- Oversee the development and implementation of goals for online education at the university.
- Work in consultation with college and department leadership to develop online programs such as majors, minors, certificates, etc.
- Collaborate with university leadership to manage statewide online programs and represent the University in statewide initiatives such as “Online Idaho”.
- Conduct needs analyses to identify opportunities for new programming and enrollment growth.
- Identify learning programs and opportunities for non-traditional and diverse students, students seeking education away from the residential campus, or additional opportunities for current students.
- Collaborate with academic departments and external agencies (business, governments, and industry) to identify new online educational opportunities; initiate, develop and deliver on-line programs and courses.
Key Accountability: Supporting Growth of Online Programs
- Establish a multi-year plan and monitors enrollment goals to identify successes and opportunities for improvements.
- Grow enrollment and retention in online programs by collaborating with academic units, Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) and the College of Graduate Study (COGS) to identify opportunities for consideration.
- Promote growth of online programs by working with University Communications and Marketing and Strategic Enrollment Marketing to market online programs.
- Manage website for university online programs and digital learning opportunities.
- Partner with Academic Support Programs, College of Graduate Studies, and the International Programs Office to support and retain students in online academic programs.
Key Accountability: Coordinating Online Learning Programs, Services, and Support Functions
- Collaborate with the university’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) to develop university-level training and support programs for online instruction and online course development.
- Collaborate with faculty, academic leadership, office of equity and inclusion and institutional assessment to support assessment and continuous improvement of online courses and programs.
- Collaborate with ITS to manage the sourcing, delivery, maintenance and improvement of online teaching and learning technologies.
- Work with the Vice Provost of Academic Initiatives to manage compliance requirements for offering online programs (e.g. State Board of Education, regional accreditation, specialized accreditation, etc.).
- Oversee the Independent Study in Idaho program.
- Collaborate with other offices service and support units to support digital learning such as the Library, Dean of Students, Academic Advising, etc.
- Manage relationships with external vendors to expedite initiation and smooth operation of online programs.
Key Accountability: Managing the Digital Learning Office
- Manage resources such as budget, incentive funding, technology, personnel, etc.
- Participate in strategic planning and visioning exercises with university, college and departmental leadership to successfully address change and growth.
- Ensure the office is visually present and represented on campus and virtually through the web and other marketing materials to external audiences.
Key Accountability (marginal): Contributing to the Provost’s Team
- Other duties as assigned
- Participate in professional development opportunities
- Master’s degree or higher
- Minimum of five (5) years of experience leading institutional digital learning initiatives that include course and curriculum development in higher education
- Minimum of five (5) years of experience using digital learning technologies including learning management systems for education in an online, distance or hybrid format
- Experience managing a team or academic unit in higher education involving interactions with faculty, staff, and administrators
- Familiarity with program assessment, student learning outcomes, program accreditation, compliance for offering on-line programs and data use to conduct market analysis needs, etc.
- Doctoral Degree
- Graduate degree in instructional design, curriculum or instruction, educational technology or relevant field to the position
- Experience working in a multi-campus higher education institution
- Experience working with academic support programs (enrollment management, student affairs, faculty develop initiatives and so on)
- Experience working with diverse student and/or faculty populations
- Ability to think critically, analyze information and data, independently make decisions, effectively organize workflow, and strategically plan to lead and manage change in a positive and inclusive manner
- Ability to interact with constituents by accurately conveying technical information and constructively responding to feedback or recommendations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse populations
- Knowledge of Blackboard or Canvas learning management systems
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. The student population numbers more than 12,000, including first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars at locations in Moscow, Boise, Coeur d'Alene and Idaho Falls. As the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as “higher research activity,” University researchers expended over $109 million in expenditures last year.
Consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges in the United States by The Princeton Review, and a noted national leader in student-centered learning and interdisciplinary research that promotes public service, the University combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and a focus on helping students succeed and become leaders. Over 2,500 faculty and staff support and guide 120 Bachelor's, 83 Master's and 33 doctoral degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education, Health and Human Sciences; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences; Natural Resources and Science. Through an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism and community, the University of Idaho actively engages in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body.
The University is a dynamic and integral part of the fabric of Idaho and, as such, plays a key role in the state’s economic development. With extension offices in 42 counties, the University is committed to enhancing the scientific, economic, social, legal and cultural assets of the state and takes pride in a commitment to teaching, research, agriculture, outreach, extension and collaboration. The University provides access to publicly supported medical education through a multi-state partnership with University of Washington’s School of Medicine, and the U of I College of Law is among the nation’s best small state public law schools. Unique academic partnership opportunities are also afforded with other universities and colleges in Idaho, as well as Washington State University, located only 8 miles away in Pullman, Washington.
The residential campus located in Moscow is a place of transformation and lasting traditions. With more than 200 student groups and a vibrant culture, the University is home to the renowned Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, for which U of I became the first public university to receive the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest arts honor. Vandal athletic teams compete in 14 men's and women's NCAA Division I sports. Competing in the Big Sky Conference, the Vandals are reigning conference champions in women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s golf, women’s soccer and women’s tennis.
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Just minutes away from the forests, rivers, lakes and mountains of northern Idaho, Moscow is home to approximately 25,000 residents, and the urban amenities of the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane metropolitan area are within a 100-mile drive. In addition to art galleries, movie theaters and coffee shops, Moscow offers a large organic and natural foods co-op, Northwest-style pubs and many locally-owned restaurants.
Moscow is known as the “heart of the arts” for its consistent ranking among the top small arts towns in America. The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival brings some of the world’s best jazz artists, along with 20,000 visitors each year. The ARTWALK, Rendezvous in the Park concert series and the Prichard Art Gallery are a few examples of its dedication to the arts. The downtown Farmer’s Market, which runs late spring to early fall, is one of the nation’s longest running and thriving outdoor markets. In 2016 Moscow was named one of the top 50 ‘Best College Towns in America’ by College Rank for its access to outdoor recreation, vibrant downtown and cultural attractions. In 2019 Livability ranked Moscow as the number one city in the U.S. for raising a family for the second year in a row.
Moscow is surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, an area so picturesque it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Reflective of these surroundings, the University ranked in the top 30 in the nation as a “great university to hit the books and backcountry” by Outside magazine. Living and learning in Moscow is just minutes from opportunities for hiking, fishing, biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, camping and more.
Contacts and Information about the Position
Nominations are welcome. Nominators and interested applicants are encouraged to reach out for further information about the position and the University of Idaho.
Vice Provost for Faculty, Professor Diane Kelly-Riley (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the search advisory committee chair.
Mary Stout, Senior Executive Assistant to the Provost & Executive Vice President (email@example.com) is the search committee coordinator.