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Vice Provost for Online Education and Digital Innovation

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Four-Year Institution

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The University of Virginia (UVA) is seeking an innovative and collaborative Vice Provost for Online Education and Digital Innovation. The Vice Provost for Online Education and Digital Innovation (VP-OEDI) is a newly created position with primary responsibility for developing and implementing UVA’s digital education strategy. Reporting directly to the Provost, the VP-OEDI will help to shape UVA’s vision for online education. The VP-OEDI will partner with the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and the other 11 schools of the University, and with UVA – Northern Virginia, to help develop and deliver online offerings that serve undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, as well as alumni and lifelong learners, across the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world. The VP-OEDI will also work with the schools and the Center for Teaching Excellence to pilot and assess curricular, pedagogical, and scheduling innovations enabled by digital technology in our Charlottesville programs.

The VP-OEDI will join the University at a time of excitement, opportunity, and a shared sense of purpose. With a visionary President, James E. Ryan, and a dynamic and dedicated leadership team including EVP and Provost Ian Baucom, to whom the VP-OEDI reports, EVP and COO Jennifer “J.J.” Wagner Davis, and CEO and EVP for Health Affairs Dr. Craig Kent, and exceptional faculty, staff, and students, UVA has excellent momentum to achieve its ambitious goals. The Great and Good, 2030 Strategic Plan provides a roadmap for the future of UVA as it enters its third century. The VP-OEDI will be integral in helping advance the plan, especially through expanding what it means to be a public university by increasing educational opportunities and access beyond the traditional undergraduate, masters, and professional programs. The plan has identified strategic research priorities that are University spanning: Democracy, Environmental Resilience and Sustainability, Precision Medicine/Health, the Brain and Neuroscience, and Digital Technology and Society. The VP-OEDI will contribute to and enhance the digital and online educational components of these research areas.

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The founding VP-OEDI will have the opportunity to envision and lead the institutional efforts for online education and digital innovation. Key priorities are to:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategic vision for UVA Digital Education that aligns with UVA’s mission as a leading public research university.
  • In collaboration with the Deans and their respective schools, identify innovative opportunities in all digital sectors – formal and informal, longer and shorter term engagements, new or expanded online and/or hybrid programs that serve the needs of students and employers in a rapidly evolving workforce in the Commonwealth and beyond; these opportunities will align with UVA’s key research strengths, be proactive to developments in education and career paths, and/or strengthen ties to our more than 250,000 alumni. These initiatives will include graduate and undergraduate degree programs, certificates, and a range of credit and non-credit credential programs.
  • Facilitate entrepreneurship by the schools by identifying promising potential cross-school collaborations; strategically building common goods infrastructure for online opportunity development and delivery; providing guidance about evaluating market opportunities and bringing new offerings to market; and coordinating administrative, operational, and financial resources to ease and expedite new experience initiation.
  • In collaboration with school leadership, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and other units, develop and implement academic innovations enabled by digital technology. These may include enhancing virtual and hybrid instruction; transforming internships and experiential learning; and increasing curricular and scheduling flexibility, both within and beyond the semester.
  • Lead continuous improvement in program delivery, learning, and student experience and quality assurance of our online offerings by expanding the use of data and learning analytics and establishing regular assessment practices for digital education initiatives. Establish quality standards for online offerings across the continuum: credit and non-credit courses as well as degree programs. Collaborate with Institutional Research and Analytics to collect and apply data to inform decision-making and to manage the necessary academic compliance requirements consistent with strategic interests.
  • Represent UVA’s digital education programs to the Board of Visitors, global partners, state and local government, businesses, and foundations. Participate actively in professional organizations.


UVA seeks the best candidates nationally. All candidates will possess the highest level of integrity and a steadfast commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, candidates will bring many of the following professional qualifications, skills, experience, and personal qualities:

  • Experienced higher education leader and driver of online education and digital innovation with the credibility to serve as an internal and external champion of the value of technology as a tool to advance teaching and learning
  • Excellent communication, presentation, listening, and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate complex information in accessible terms to a broad array of stakeholders
  • Entrepreneurial outlook and keen ability to envision and identify new opportunities
  • Skilled at working with school leadership to understand and pursue opportunities, and with a variety of administrative units (procurement, HR, provost’s office, etc.) to remove obstacles to schools’ entrepreneurial activities
  • Excellent at defining goals, solving complex problems, and managing projects and programs
  • Exceptional ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external constituents
  • Experience working with budgets and adjusting priorities and programs to meet targets
  • Team player with a collaborative style; connector that builds trust and delivers results
  • Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Terminal degree is preferred. This administrative leadership position does not dedicate effort to teaching or scholarship.

To Apply or Nominate

The University of Virginia is eager to build a diverse pool of talented individuals. The search committee is working with UVA Executive Search Group (ESG), an internal executive search firm in the Office of the President.

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Susan Gaines, Managing Director, at To apply, submit a letter of interest and resume via Workday. The search will be carried out with full confidentiality and will remain open until filled. The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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