Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska
Nov 29, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) invites applications and nominations for the position of Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

As both a Metropolitan University of distinction and a Carnegie Doctoral Research Institution, UNO transforms and improves the quality of life locally, nationally, and globally. Since its inception in 1908, UNO has been firmly anchored in the community, forging partnerships with business, government, education, arts, and civic organizations. One of four universities in the University of Nebraska (NU) system, UNO has long set the pace for accessible higher education in Nebraska and continues to offer an academically rigorous experience to a diverse student body.

UNO’s reputation for academic excellence, opportunity, and affordability has fueled record enrollment growth to almost 16,000 students. UNO’s international student body includes more underrepresented students than any other campus in the NU system; nearly half of the undergraduate students are first-generation and a tenth are military-affiliated. Its 1,590 full-time and 604 part-time faculty members are dedicated to student success and serving the city, state, and region. UNO offers nationally recognized bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, and the university’s growing applied and basic research portfolio includes a university-affiliated research center with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and NASA, among other agencies. Considerable opportunities exist to build upon the university’s growing collaborations and strong relationships with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), local and regional businesses, and the philanthropic community. Learn more about UNO at

The Senior Vice Chancellor is the university’s chief academic officer and second highest ranking university official. Reporting to the Chancellor, the Senior Vice Chancellor will fortify a shared vision and identity for UNO and inspire a reinvigorated commitment to academic excellence, discovery, and a student-centered learning experience.

Responsible for six colleges and their respective academic departments and programs, the Senior Vice Chancellor leads or oversees strategic planning; academic policy development and implementation; faculty appointment, promotion, and tenure processes; community engagement; collaborations across the NU system, including with UNMC and the University of Nebraska Foundation; and numerous budgets to support academic priorities. Consistent with UNO’s commitment to shared governance, the Senior Vice Chancellor works closely with the Faculty Senate and confers often with the UNO Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

In the midst of remarkable growth, and under the leadership of a single chancellor responsible for both UNO and UNMC, the university is an innovative model of a public urban research university. The university seeks an entrepreneurial Senior Vice Chancellor who can inspire and foster innovation, harness the energy, commitment, passion, and generosity of the UNO and Omaha communities, and set the university on a course toward a new future. UNO’s next chief academic officer should have vision and a passion for public higher education and a record of significant achievement and success as a leader in a complex research university setting. An earned terminal degree with evidence of scholarly, professional, or creative achievement commensurate with tenure as a full professor at a doctoral university are required. Read a comprehensive leadership profile at

The University of Nebraska Omaha has retained the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer to support the search for the next Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Candidates should email a curriculum vitae and letter of application addressing the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile to the university’s search consultants Lucy Leske and Philip Tang at [email protected]. Credential review will begin on January 31, 2019.

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.