AVP for Online Learning & Academic Programs

University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Sep 09, 2020
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Four-Year Institution

University of Tennessee 

Knoxville, TN


AVP for Online Learning & Academic Programs


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) has launched a search for an Assistant or Associate Vice Provost for Online Learning and Academic Programs. UTK is the state’s public flagship and land-grant university. We are entrusted to deliver world-class education, life-changing research and community support to the state, national and global communities. As the landscape of higher education shifts and presents individuals and institutions with new opportunities, UTK is committed to meet these challenges creatively by providing learning opportunities that meet the needs of people at every stage of life, whenever and wherever they seek to learn. The division of online learning and academic programs supports UTK’s efforts to provide accessible, affordable, inclusive and life-long learning to the residents of Tennessee and to students across the nation and around the world. UTK is actively seeking candidates who have an ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.


The AVP will provide leadership and oversight to Online Learning and Academic Programs, a division of Academic Affairs. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, the AVP provides leadership and support for the university’s efforts in online and distance education, including fully online programs and online courses intended for both distance learning and residential students. 


UTK online academic programs include 14 Master's degrees, five doctoral or Educational Specialist programs, ten graduate certificates, and two Bachelor's degrees; a third online Bachelor's degree is currently under development and will be offered in Fall 2021.  More information about UTK's online degree programs can be found at https://volsonline.utk.edu/.



Development and Establishment of University Wide Online Academic Programs

• Provides leadership, direction, oversight and vision to the development of online programs.

• Establishes priorities for the launching of online programs and courses intended for both distance and residential students. 

• Collaborates with colleges and departments to initiate, develop and deliver online programs and courses.

• Manages relationships and collaborates with internal staff and external vendors to expedite initiation of online programs.

• Partners with Student Success and the Graduate School to support students in online academic programs.

• Collaborates with the Office of Information Technology to attain efficiencies in the sourcing, delivery, maintenance, and improvement of online teaching and learning technologies.


Outreach and Growth of Online Academic Programs

• Promotes growth of online programs by working with campus stakeholders to market and assess online programs.

• Establishes and monitor enrollment goals to identify successes and opportunities for improvements. 

• Collaborates with Enrollment Management and the Graduate School to increase the number of enrollments in online degree programs.


Online Learning Services and Support

• Directs and develops university-level programs to support faculty in the design and implementation of online courses.

• Directs and develops university-level training in online teaching for instructional faculty.

• Provides direction and oversight to support maintenance, assessment, and continuous improvement for online programs and courses



• Identifies compliance requirements for online academic programs and ensures that these requirements are met.


Staff Management

• Directs, develops and manages staff members in the division of Online Learning and Academic Programs.

Required Education

• Master’s degree in related field


Required Experience

• Five years of related experience working in online higher education at an accredited institution

• Demonstrated leadership and collaboration experience in a higher education setting

• Proven dedication to principles of equity and inclusion


Preferred Experience

• Management-level experience in an office of online education at an accredited post-secondary institution

• Experience developing and implementing an institution-wide online education strategy at an accredited post-secondary institution

• Experience teaching credit-bearing online courses at an accredited post-secondary institution

• Experience supporting continuous improvement of online academic programs at an accredited post-secondary institution

• Terminal degree


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Evidence of ability to move a project from ideation to completion on schedule

• Demonstrated ability to develop, oversee, and assess initiatives to expand and enhance online education at an accredited post-secondary institution

• Knowledge of platforms and technologies supporting online teaching and learning at the post-secondary level

• Comprehensive written and oral communication skills


To express interest, please submit a letter of interest, resume/CV, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Review of applications will begin on October 5th, 2020.


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law, in accordance with the requirements of Title VI or the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity & Diversity.


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