Summary of Duties: Washington State University Spokane (WSU Spokane), one of six campuses of the distinguished Washington State University system, seeks an innovative and experienced leader to serve as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA). WSU Spokane is WSU's health sciences campus which prepares the state's future generations of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals and provides life-changing education and research in world-class facilities. Reporting to and working closely with the Chancellor, and serving as a key member of the WSU Spokane leadership team, the VCAA will oversee day-to-day management of critical processes and functions pertaining to faculty affairs and academic matters. The VCAA will provide guidance and strategy around the creation, implementation, and evaluation of academic programs; faculty evaluation and assessment; and the further development of infrastructure to support the growth of quality of educational activities in health sciences.
This newly created position provides a tremendous opportunity for a visionary leader to work in a dynamic, intellectually stimulating environment and to assume a leadership role on a campus that is dedicated to developing health professionals to transform the health of underserved communities. Working closely with the Chancellor for WSU Spokane and academic leaders across the campus and university, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will play an important role in achieving the vision for the growing campus and will be expected to address a key set of opportunities and challenges:
Enable academic excellence through better alignment, integration, and coordination of academic administrative offices and activities
Imagine, support, and drive academic planning and program development, educational assessment, and accreditation activities
Foster strong linkages across WSU Spokane, the WSU system, and academic partners across the state
Further recruitment, development, and support of an excellent faculty and staff
Serve as an engaged and collaborative partner to the central WSU academic leadership team
Required Qualifications: The successful candidate must be able to inspire the leadership team, the campus, and the broader Spokane community, and embrace the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly evolving campus at a critical stage of development. The ideal candidate must have the leadership skills and vision to foster WSU Spokanes continued academic excellence within the context of WSUs mission and values.
The successful candidate will possess all or most of the following: An earned doctorate in an appropriate field such as Science, Medicine or Higher Education Administration and a distinguished record of teaching and research appropriate to appointment at the rank of full professor at WSU; Experience in academic administration at a university or college campus (or comparable institution) undergoing rapid growth and development; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with university administrators, faculty, students, and staff; A passionate dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion and an understanding of the value of an inclusive community within an institution of higher education; Strong operations improvement experience and an understanding of complex fiscal systems; Experience with assessment and accreditation; Experience with reviewing and/or facilitating the review of tenure and promotion portfolios; Significant experience in building and sustaining highly productive leadership teams and in inspiring others to achieve excellence; An orientation toward continuous improvement, including an appreciation for quality and competency; An ability to lead through consultation and balance the needs of diverse constituencies by building consensus with a fair, collaborative, and transparent leadership style; A commitment to shared governance; Excellent communication and listening skills; A strong civic and community orientation and outstanding political acumen; A reputation for integrity, transparency, accountability, enthusiasm, inclusivity, and a sense of goodwill.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.