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Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

  • University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Omaha, NE

The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) seeks a collaborative and visionary academic leader to serve as Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (SVC). Founded in 1908, UNO today is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university and one of four campuses of the University of Nebraska. With over 15,000 students enrolled in more than 200 programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its strengths in graduate and online education, military friendliness, and community engagement. Embracing its identity as a metropolitan university, UNO is guided by the core values of student-centeredness; diversity, inclusion, and connection; interdisciplinary collaboration; and entrepreneurial spirit in service to its community.

UNO’s undergraduate, graduate, professional, and online degree programs are offered through six colleges – College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business Administration; College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media; College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences; College of Information Systems & Technology; and College of Public Affairs and Community Service. UNO is located in the heart of Omaha, a vibrant, diverse, and growing metropolitan area of over one million people and home to four Fortune 500 and seven Fortune 100 companies. UNO is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Reporting to the Chancellor, the SVC is the University’s Chief Academic Officer. The SVC provides academic leadership for UNO’s six colleges and library, guides academic initiatives within the University’s Strategic Plan, including oversight of all scholarship and research activities, advances global initiatives, and supports student success. The SVC will be a key partner in a purposefully shared team leadership model designed to focus on advancing UNO’s key priorities. The SVC leads the University’s commitment to programmatic, pedagogical, and scholarship excellence across UNO’s undergraduate, graduate, professional, and online programs. The SVC builds on the strengths of the colleges, centers of excellence, and other academic units to advance UNO’s reputation for academic excellence, scholarship, and service to the greater community and its commitment to integrated experiential, liberal, and professional education. Working closely with the Chancellor and other members of the senior leadership team, the SVC coordinates the work of all academic units with other offices and operations across the University.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in scholarship and teaching, dedication to undergraduate, graduate, professional, online, and global education, and a commitment to UNO’s urban-serving mission as a metropolitan university. The SVC will be a passionate advocate for academic quality, who understands the needs of UNO’s diverse student body. The SVC will be committed to the vision of faculty as teachers/scholars; embrace interdisciplinarity and experiential education; engage with faculty, students, and staff across a diverse set of academic pursuits; be committed to the open exchange of ideas across campus; support UNO’s efforts to ensure timely student graduation and success; and operate effectively within UNO’s rich tradition of shared governance. The successful candidate will have a doctorate or appropriate terminal degree plus academic credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor in one of the University’s units; a demonstrated track record as a successful academic leader; a record of success in cultivating consultative relationships between colleges/units and within shared governance models for successful collaborative planning and problem-solving; experience creating a climate and environment responsive and welcoming to all forms of diversity and inclusion; strong strategic thinking and strategy execution skills; excellent managerial, interpersonal, communication, and listening skills; and a passion for students and for promoting a transformative student educational experience.

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The University has retained Diversified Search Group to assist in this process. Screening will begin in June and continue until an appointment is made. Please direct nominations, inquiries, and applications (including CV; cover letter addressing interest, leadership philosophy, and commitment to diversity; and the names of five references) electronically to UNOSVCAA@divsearch.com.

Kim M. Morrisson, Ph.D. and Euris Belle, Managing Directors
Christine Falcone, Senior Associate
Diversified Search Group