Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Student Development

Rochester, Olmsted County
Mar 18, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs

University of Minnesota Rochester


Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Student Development

The Chancellor invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Student Development at the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR).

The dynamic and creative individual chosen for this professional position will report to the Chancellor of UMR, and serves in this capacity in the absence of the Chancellor. The Vice Chancellor operates within the objectives and policies of the University of Minnesota system as determined by the Board of Regents, the President of the University of Minnesota, and the Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester.

The Vice Chancellor advises the Chancellor on academic and student development matters and works collaboratively with the other officers of the University of Minnesota system to meet the objectives and goals of the university. As a member of the Chancellor’s staff, the Vice Chancellor provides academic and student development leadership and works collaboratively with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations and the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement. The Vice Chancellor will also build academic partnerships with other University of Minnesota campuses, the Mayo Clinic, and other higher education institutions and businesses/industries to meet the workforce and innovation needs of Rochester and southeast Minnesota.

The Vice Chancellor will be an integral member of the University of Minnesota Rochester, which is devoted to innovations in learning for the next generation of health professionals. UMR is building an institution focused on learning and student development. This is an exciting opportunity to help create change in student learning, teaching, and research at a non-traditional university where making tenure is contingent on three factors: teaching, research about student learning, and research in the academic disciplines.

Candidates for Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development must have the following qualifications: A distinguished record of academic achievement that commands the respect of the academic community and allows for appointment to a tenured professorship; a distinguished research record in areas such as cognitive science, learning design and strategies, and institutional change; and a proven record of successful academic administrative experience including the ability to attract talented leaders and to address structural and organizational issues. The ideal candidate for the position will have the following qualifications, expertise, and characteristics: A demonstrated commitment to fostering the research and scholarship of faculty, and to enriching undergraduate education and the entire student experience; ability to mentor and develop junior faculty, particularly in designing innovative curriculum to enhance student learning and development; ability to mentor and support faculty in their research efforts, from funding sources, to research, to application to teaching; experience in obtaining grant funding, especially for collaborative and/or interdisciplinary groups; superior public and interpersonal communication skills to provide strong leadership; an ability to work comfortably and effectively within a strong shared governance system across faculty and staff spaces; a record of commitment to the importance of cultural diversity in higher education; experience working with the community and external stakeholders in furthering academic affairs and student development; strength of character, superior judgment, and persistence to address the issues, challenges, and potential of the UMR campus; an ability to work fully in tandem with the Chancellor, sharing his vision, goals, and commitment.

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting UMR in the search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. For best consideration, materials should be provided by April 1, 2014. Nominations should include the name, position, email address and telephone number of the nominee. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, a curriculum vitae and contact information for at least five references. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is preferred. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:

Jan Greenwood,
Betty Turner Asher, Partners
Sharon A. McDade, Principal & Senior Executive Leadership Consultant
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206 Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272

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