Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs - University of Illinois

Urbana-Champaign, IL
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Dec 05, 2017
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University of Illinois

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Urbana Campus


The University of Illinois seeks an Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as liaison with the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and maintains working relationships with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) for curricular alignment and articulation matters. This position also provides leadership in advancing the academic affairs mission of the University and is designed to provide advanced support to the Executive Vice President/Vice President in the efficient performance of the official duties of the office of Academic Affairs. The Assistant Vice President oversees University Academic Programs and Services (UAPS) and the supporting units. Additional responsibilities include:

1. Represents the University to IBHE Academic Leadership setting statewide policy for academic affairs issues in program renewal, review and implementation. Assures critical P-20 curricular alignment efforts with IBHE, ICCB, and ISBE. Attends meetings of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and its committees (including authoring the summary of the Academic and Student Affairs meetings for the chair), and meetings of the IBHE, as appropriate. 

2. Supports Offices of the Provost on all three universities in the areas of program development, approval, and review, and focuses on course articulation and applicability, and Inter-Campus Course Transfer/Inter-Campus Registration.

3. Serves as one of the primary staff members providing academic affairs counsel and strategic advice to the Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs and other University Officers. Provides counsel and support to the University Office of Governmental Relations in legislative matters.

4. Serves as a member of the Vice President’s Academic Affairs Policy Council and the Enrollment Management Policy Council.  Leads and serves on system committees addressing academic affairs program and delivery issues.

5. Provides statewide leadership in academic affairs matters involving the Illinois State Board of Education; the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Examples of current projects include the Illinois Articulation Initiative and the Illinois P-20 Council. Represents the System and its universities on statewide consortial entities.

6. Provides leadership and direction to the reporting units: University Academic Programs and Services (UAPS), the MyCreditsTransfer/Transferology initiative and Illinois Project Lead the Way (PTLW). Leads UAPS in system-wide coordination, events, and projects such as residency appeals, scholarships, student transfer, online program policy, IBHE reporting, diversity, STEM advancement, and student recruiting.

7. Provides leadership extending innovation and impact in the teaching and service mission in program support of areas such as U of I Online (UIOL) and the UA3 Public Engagement Portal.

8. Provide leadership and direction for staff within the office of the Executive Vice President/Vice President and its reporting units.

9. Other duties and responsibilities appropriate for an Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Candidates must possess a Master's degree; Ph.D. preferred. Other required qualifications include: ten years of experience in higher education, preferably public higher education; familiarity with the System's three universities and their respective program approval and review processes; an understanding of Illinois’ P-20 education system and the ability to provide statewide leadership in academic affairs matters; an understanding of university shared governance as it affects program approval and review is critical. The ability to work collaboratively toward common goals is fundamental; appreciation and understanding of shared governance and the special role of research in academia; ability to work with varied constituencies to reach consensus; knowledge of the structure, policies, and systems of the University of Illinois; experience in leadership, operational and strategic planning roles; exceptional oral and written communication skills, as well as proven experience speaking to large and diverse groups; excellent relationship building skills and ability to work collaboratively as part of an effective administrative team to reach goals and make decisions; and knowledge of and experience in administering and ensuring compliance with applicable state and federal statutes, regulations and policies related to academia.

This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by January 2, 2018 at

The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment.   Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

System Human Resource Services

(217) 333-2600   or  [email protected]

The University of Illinois is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. The System Offices welcome applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.

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