University of California, Riverside

Office of the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor



VPDUE Search


Leadership Profile

Job Description

Position Purpose:

The recruitment is open to all applicants.

Reporting directly to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education (VPDUE) leads the Division of Undergraduate Education. The VPDUE is an important campus leadership position responsible for promoting academic excellence and student success at UCR. The VPDUE oversees units and initiatives that enhance the quality of the undergraduate experience at UCR, including the University Honors Program, the University Writing Program, UCR Summer Sessions, the Academic Resource Center, Supplemental Instruction, a variety of undergraduate research and internship activities, the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and the Teaching and Learning Center. The VPDUE also supports the colleges and schools in various student success programs such as learning communities, community engaged learning and research, and transfer student outreach and success. In addition, the VPDUE plays a critical role in WASC accreditation, iEval course evaluations, improving student retention and graduation rates, liaising with the University Innovations Alliance, development of grant programs and other pilot projects that promote student success, and working with Academic Senate leaders on a wide range of issues.

This position is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position.

50% Leadership

The Vice Provost will:

  • Provide vision and leadership for the Division of Undergraduate Education and oversee all aspects of its operation.
  • Continue to raise the national and international profile of the UCR’s undergraduate academic enterprise in significant and measurable ways.
  • Work with the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development to generate federal, state, foundation, and corporate funding for undergraduate education and student success programs.
  • Serve as the focal point for external relations (e.g., community, industry, media, government) related to undergraduate education and student success. Work with other members of the campus leadership team to grow private support for undergraduate education and to create meaningful and lasting connections with external partners that benefit UCR students.
  • Participate in campus-wide and system-wide policy and program discussions. Initiate and guide the development of policies that significantly affect undergraduate education.
  • Advise the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor on a wide range of issues related to the undergraduate academic enterprise.
  • Anticipate needs, identify critical issues, and promote best practices.
  • Handle sensitive issues with diplomacy, tact and confidentiality.
  • Serve as the Accreditation Liaison Officer to UCR’s accrediting body (WASC). Guide campus efforts to satisfy WASC requirements for reaccreditation.
  • Serve as a liaison to the University Innovation Alliance.
  • Adhere to the Principles of Community and University policies

50% Administration, Programming and Organizational Change

The Vice Provost will:

  • Collaborate with deans, vice provosts, the Academic Senate, and other campus leaders to implement curricular and organizational innovations that enhance the quality and reputation of the undergraduate student experience and promote student success and satisfaction.
  • Envision, design and implement major initiatives that encourage faculty innovation in teaching, student engagement in learning and participation in undergraduate research and internships, staff improvements in student services, and other programs that enhance student success.
  • Continuously measure the effectiveness of programs and policies designed to enhance teaching, learning and student success, and engage with other institutions to further the development and implementation of best practices in these areas. Discontinue or recommend discontinuing ineffective policies when appropriate. 
  • Oversee the development of courses through the Division of Undergraduate Education.
  • Ensure compliance with all administrative policies and procedures, including human resources.
  • Effectively allocate and manage resources for the Division, including staff, space, and finances.

Required Skills, Knowledge, Abilities, and Competencies

  • An academic record meriting appointment at the level of Professor at the University of California, Riverside.
  • Relevant leadership experience; for example, as a dean, associate dean, department chair, or center director.
  • Demonstrated dedication to providing an inclusive workplace and fostering the success of a diverse student body.
  • Exceptional organizational, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated acumen in budgetary and financial affairs.
  • Experience in garnering extramural funding for research or teaching.
  • Ability to envision, design and implement major initiatives that encourage faculty innovation in teaching, student engagement in learning and participation in undergraduate research and internships, staff improvements in student services, and other programs that enhance student success.
  • A commitment to exploring and promoting the use of information technologies and technology-enhanced pedagogies for improved student learning and success.
  • A commitment to civic engagement and bridge-building between students, faculty, and the community through outreach, service learning, and research that enriches student learning and connects to community assets and needs.
  • Ability to work across colleges and units to bring stakeholders together in pursuit of campus-wide goals, including extramural funding opportunities from federal and state agencies, foundations and donors to enhance teaching, learning and student success.
  • Ability to continuously measure the effectiveness of programs designed to enhance teaching, learning and student success, and to engage with other institutions to further the development and implementation of best practices in these areas.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a leadership team.
  • Ability to proactively identify and resolve organizational problems.
  • Experience working with an Academic or Faculty Senate, or another similar organization in a shared governance structure, preferably in a leadership role.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Significant knowledge of the organizational unit's objectives and activities.
  • Thorough knowledge of University administrative organization, policies, procedures and practices including the principle of shared governance.
  • Familiarity with WASC accreditation procedures.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Search Committee Members

Steven Mandeville-Gamble, Committee Chair, University Librarian
Alicia Arrizón, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs, CHASS
Katherine Borkovich, Department Chair and Professor of Microbiology and Plant Pathology
Elizabeth Claassen-Thrush, Project Policy Analyst, Office of the Chancellor
Eddie Comeaux, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education
Jack Eichler, LSOE, Chemistry
Mohsen El Hafsi, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management
LaRae Lundgren, Associate Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Services
Marco Ornelas, Undergraduate Student, CHASS Senator, Associated Students
Hyle Park, Associate Professor of Bioengineering
Marko Princevac, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs, BCOE
Rebekah Richert, Associate Professor of Psychology

Contact Information

Inquiries, nominations and expressions of interest can be sent in confidence to Suzi Harris at Executive Recruitment Services (suziharris@ucsd.edu).

To be considered please apply via AP Recruit. The position will remain open until filled, but candidate materials should be received by March 16, 2018 to ensure full consideration. The recruitment will be conducted in confidence until finalists are invited for campus visits at which time professional references will also be contacted.

More information on the Diversity Statement requirement can be found here.

Esperanza Steward
Senior Human Resources Analyst
Office of the Chancellor and Provost/EVC
University of California, Riverside
esperanza.steward@ucr.edu
(951) 827-1121

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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