ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT & SENIOR ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

California State University, Dominguez Hills is committed to improving the lives of our students and enhancing the economic and social well-being of our community, the state, and the region.

Under the leadership of newly appointed President, Dr. Willie J. Hagan, we are implementing multi-year faculty and staff hiring plans, increasing our investment in best practices to increase student success, enhancing faculty and staff professional development, investing in critical information technology and classroom infrastructure upgrades, strengthening our research and fundraising capacity, expanding learning outcomes assessment, and aggressively pursuing increased external engagement, public private partnerships, gifts and donations, and research and other grants. Our goal is to become a national laboratory and model for student academic success. A strategic and collaborative Associate Vice President (AVP) and Senior Academic Technology Officer (SATO) is central to these efforts.

POSITION SUMMARY

Reporting directly to the Vice President of Information Technology, the Associate Vice President (AVP) and Senior Academic Technology Officer (SATO) will be charged with providing strategic leadership and a vision for establishing, implementing, coordinating, managing and delivering a comprehensive and aggressive plan for Academic Technology designed to support, engage and facilitate faculty’s effective use of technology in order to enhance student learning and improve student access to high quality courses in various modalities (e.g. online, hybrid, etc.). In addition, Academic Technology also will assist faculty with technology consultation in the area of research & scholarships. The AVP/SATO will merge Campus and Academic Technology units and work closely and collaboratively with the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), Student Academic Success Services (SASS), College of International & Extended Studies (CIES), Office of Institutional Research (OIR), Information Technology Services (ITS), Web Services, and other relevant units to fulfill the Academic Technology mission and vision of the Provost.

In this role, the AVP/SATO will support, oversee and manage staff in the unit in order to work directly with faculty by assisting faculty to learn about, explore, and utilize the new technologies for teaching in innovative ways to improve and enhance student learning. The AVP/SATO will pursue aggressively the expansion of effective and high quality online pedagogy to facilitate student learning in online courses, certificates and online degree programs. In addition, the AVP/SATO will provide leadership in all aspects of academic technology in the areas of operational planning, policy decisions related to instructional design and curriculum, new instructional and research technology applications, faculty academic technology initiatives and support services, and the evaluation and assessment of faculty initiatives as it relates to the effective assessment of student learning. Where necessary, the AVP/SATO shall work in collaboration with the Academic Senate to ensure the development and implementation of policies and procedures governing Academic Technology.

To accomplish these goals, the AVP/SATO will plan, develop and implement a comprehensive, faculty- friendly, effective menu of instructional technology programs, activities and initiatives to engage faculty and students in the use of technology to show improvements in student learning and access.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategic Planning

  • Provides consultative and strategic leadership for short and long-term planning, implementation and assessment consistent with the Provost's and Academic Affair's technology goals and expectations and plan. This short and long-term strategic and business plans shall support and align with the Academic Plan consistent with the Provost's priorities and expectations including assignment of staff assignments, expectations, and achievements.
  • Explicates short and long-term strategic plans that are consistent with the campus' overall plans to support faculty and student learning with specific goals and activities by year, with associated timelines, budget estimates, task and staff responsibility breakdowns and outcomes assessments.
  • Pursues the expansion of effective and fiscally sound online pedagogy to facilitate student learning in certificates and degree programs offered through the Division of Continuing and Global Education.
  • Using data, identifies specific faculty/student needs and design programs for faculty in support of the university's educational, research and teaching and learning missions.
  • Envisions and designs an effective and nimble departmental infrastructure to accomplish specific academic technology goals.
  • Provides leadership in operational planning and policy decisions related to curriculum applications, initiatives and support services.
  • Works directly with faculty and programs to evaluate and assess the outcomes of initiatives including improvements in student learning, faculty satisfaction and workload, customer satisfaction, etc.
  • Assesses and makes recommendations regarding appropriate and conducive space needs for the unit.

Implementation

  • Works very closely with CFD & SASS in order to design and ground all faculty training on the research and principles of student learning and engagement and the use of next generation technologies.
  • A primary responsibility will be to develop and manage new online degree and certificate programs working closely with College of IES and departments, and training & supporting faculty in developing effective online courses.
  • Serves as a catalyst for curriculum innovation and improvement by creating and sustaining effective programs for faculty such as online, hybrid, lecture capture and other tech-assisted courses.
  • Implements a comprehensive, user-friendly, effective menu of specific initiatives to engage faculty and students in the use of technology to improve student learning access.
  • Designs, effectively publicizes and recruits faculty engagement in a variety of technology initiatives such as affordable learning solutions, accessible instructional materials, etc.
  • Works with OIR (as needed) to collect and analyze data to evaluate the outcomes of initiatives with an emphasis on student learning and faculty satisfaction.
  • Writes and secures external grant funding.

Collaboration

  • Plans, implements, and manages academic technology in support of the university mission as a member of IT Management Council.
  • Collaborates on technology directions and initiatives, organizational planning, budget, and resource allocation as part of the reorganization management team.
  • Builds partnerships and communication with all relevant units on campus (e.g., CFD, Library, Continuing and Global Education, Academic Senate, Plant Operations, Facilities Planning).

REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

The idea candidate must possess the following characteristics:

  • The equivalent of a Masters degree, plus four years of experience.
  • An earned doctorate, preferably in instructional technology or related field with academic credentials appropriate for a faculty appointment at the rank of associate or full professor.
  • Demonstrated record of innovation and success in providing academic technology services aligned with campus goals, with knowledge of the activities, processes, resources, and technologies involved in academic technology management and leadership.
  • Clear and balanced vision of how technology can be used to support learning and teaching and research.
  • A strong understanding of the historical and theoretical foundations and processes of instructional technology (including instructional development), college teaching, faculty development and distance education.
  • Strong familiarity and experience with both physical (classroom) and virtual (online) learning environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus and positive relationships based on trust, predictability and communication with multiple constituencies. Effective collaborative leadership style that incorporates organizational, analytical, and decision-making skills with strong change management, project management, and team-building skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with a record of success in developing planning documents, proposals, budget request justifications, and other forms of communication with senior administrators and faculty.
  • Extensive knowledge of best practices in technology applications in teaching and learning, trends and future direction of academic technology support services.
  • Demonstrated record of commitment to ongoing professional development for self, staff, faculty and other campus professionals.
  • Direct experience supervising academic technology, budgets, and personnel. Direct participation in university-wide technology projects and university governance. Record of scholarly activities related to technology, teaching, and learning.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with faculty development and training.
  • Experience as project director of federal grants.

COMPENSATION

The University offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Must be able to pass a Live Scan (fingerprinting) background check as a requirement of employment.

Possession of a valid Driver's License is required. Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver's license and reflects driving record.

HOW TO APPLY

Review of applications will begin May 19, 2014 and the position will remain open until filled. To be considered, candidates should e-mail all correspondence and: 1) a cover letter that addresses the opportunities and qualifications listed above; 2) a current resume or C.V.; and 3) the contact information for three professional references to:
CSUDH_AVP_SATO@rhperry.com

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Neil Stein, Vice President, R.H. Perry & Associates
Telephone: 202-965-6464

CSU Dominguez Hills is an Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer


About CSU, Dominguez Hills

CSU Dominguez Hills, an urban university in the twenty-three campus California State University system, is located in Carson, in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County. Its 346-acre park-like campus is situated in the historic Rancho San Pedro, the oldest Spanish land grant in the Los Angeles area. The campus is strategically located in the heart of a major technological, industrial, and transportation complex in Southern California. The area includes the massive Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach—Southern California’s gateway to international commerce. Cultural, performance, and sports venues in downtown Los Angeles are about fifteen minutes away and the South Bay beach communities are a few minutes away to the west and south. The StubHub Sports Center, a 125-acre sports center developed by AEG and home to Major League Soccer’s L.A. Galaxy and Chivas USA, is located on the CSUDH campus.

With an enrollment exceeding 14,000 students, CSUDH is a federally recognized Minority-Serving Institution as well as a Hispanic Serving Institution and is among the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation: 45% Hispanic, 23% African American, 17% White, and 12% Asian/Pacific Islanders.

CSUDH is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and offers 45 baccalaureate degrees, 24 master’s degrees, and a number of certificate and credential programs. While continuing to emphasize the liberal arts and sciences, the university offers professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Eleven programs hold accreditations from national professional associations: business administration, clinical sciences, computer science, education, health science, music, nursing, occupational therapy, public administration, special education, and theatre arts. The university is known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts. CSUDH is also a national leader in distance education, with ten academic degree programs and seven certificate programs offered online.

CSU Dominguez Hills is an Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer