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Vice Provost for Academic Programs and University Initiatives

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College / VP Area: Office of the Provost
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Full Time

The Office of the Provost invites nominations, inquiries, and applications for the position of Vice Provost for Academic Programs and University Initiatives. The Vice Provost will report to the Provost and is responsible for supporting the ongoing development and assessment of academic programs and University-wide academic initiatives.

This is a primary appointment at 80% time, with an initial 5-year term with the possibility of renewal.


Major Responsibilities:

Academic Program Development

  • In close coordination with the colleges and other units, build a suite of services to support new academic program development, including:
    • recruitment and feasibility analyses
    • assessment of the competitor landscape
    • a communications and marketing plan
    • financial projections
    • 5-year growth plan that includes evaluation benchmarks and sunset clauses
  • Establish a centralized loan program with processes and procedures that enable the launch of new programs.
  • Monitor and assess new programs that are underway against identified growth benchmarks.
  • Develop an approach for programs to project costs and revenues, and review and update regularly as needed to reflect actuals. 
  • Advise regarding growth for existing programs, generating multi-year enrollment plans that are linked to financial projections, and that also incorporate faculty hiring and space.

Annual Program Review

  • Form a task force to review the current APR process, assess its impact on academic program improvement and initiatives undertaken in response to APR findings, look for opportunities to streamline the process, and reduce cost and administrative burden.
  • Support the development of program self-studies, the recruitment of reviewers, and facilitate annual program review visits.
  • Liaise with the Dean, department and review team regarding the review committee report, findings, and actions, monitoring for follow-up and completion.
  • In partnership with the departments and colleges/school, provide recommendations that link the APR findings to enrollment and faculty hiring plans.

University Initiatives

  • Supervise academic units with University-wide, cross-college scope, such as the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning and the Office for Sustainability.
  • Develop infrastructure to support cross-college multidisciplinary programs.
  • Serve as the point person for the development of additional University-wide initiatives, ensuring the development and implementation of a strategic plan that includes financial projections and prioritization of activities as well as a hiring plan that enables sustained growth.

Academic Institutional Research Liaison

  • Serve as the liaison with Institutional Research and Effectiveness to capture and share data related to academic programs, rankings, faculty and student climate.
  • Develop a communications process to share relevant data with Department Chairs at a unit level to enable their utilization in decision making.
  • Work with the Deans to connect relevant data to college-level strategic plans.
  • Work with the Provost to translate annual rankings outcomes to actionable items for Department Chairs and Deans.
  • Work with the Deans and their representatives to develop a set of indicators, benchmarks, and metrics that IRE can make available for the colleges to use to monitor academic program excellence; research productivity, including outputs and sponsored research funding; and operational excellence.

Accreditation and Approval

  • Serve as the academic lead for the Middle States Accreditation process
  • Serve as the Curriculog approver for new academic programs and for CIP code changes


  • Candidates must have a doctoral degree and a primary appointment as a UD faculty member at the rank of associate or full professor.
  • Experience in budgeting, forecasting, data analysis and interpretation and communication.
  • Proven record of building new academic programs or growing existing ones.


Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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