Associate Vice Chancellor for Distance Education

Wilmington, North Carolina
Mar 14, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Brief Summary of Work for this Position:
The Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Distance Education will lead, facilitate and support academic deans in developing and managing academic programs offered through distance education. This position will support the development of entrepreneurial and innovative distance educational strategies by providing collaborative leadership to enhance and expand the system’s use of advanced technologies and learning methods. The AVC of Distance Education will support and encourage the delivery of high-quality online and blended courses by strengthening instruction, by advancing the delivery of personalized student support services, and by engaging in collaborative national innovation initiatives.

Minimum Requirements:
Master’s Degree in Technology Instruction or related field
Three years’ experience in higher education academic operations, management, planning, budgeting, supporting adult, online and extended learning initiatives and personnel management
Substantial experience in implementing and managing blended and fully online programs
Knowledge of innovative distance learning strategies and technologies
Understanding of student support services and academic programs
Ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituents
Ability to think critically and apply sound judgment to create new solutions and concepts and be a catalyst for creative approaches to challenges of online programming

Preferred Qualifications:
Doctoral degree and experience working with university systems
Ability to lead teams to design and conduct mixed-methods research/evaluation studies to examine the effects of various components of online programs
Ability to manage project timelines
Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, student stakeholders
Outstanding presentation skills across various audiences from Board Members to students

Primary Function of Organizational Unit:
Academic Affairs is the central division for implementing the mission of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Through effective academic policies, practices and programs, it provides leadership for excellence in teaching, scholarship and creative work as well as service to local, regional and global communities. The division allocates resources to recruit and retain faculty scholars and to create a learning environment that encourages students. As part of the Division of Academic Affairs, Distance Education provides off-campus instruction for credit (whether face-to-face, electronically mediated, or a combination of methodologies). These programs fall under the university’s distance education and extension programs course offerings.

University Information:
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 16,500 students, the university is known for its superb faculty and staff and powerful academic experience. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability by publications like U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Business Journals. UNCW also recently earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, bestowed to higher education institutions dedicated to community involvement.

EEO Statement:
UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified persons from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Priority Consideration Information:
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by April 16, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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