Northern Arizona University (NAU) seeks an entrepreneurial, innovative, and collaborative leader to serve as the inaugural Dean of NAU Online and Innovative Educational Initiatives. Through NAU Online, the university aspires to deliver a distinct, premier online education experience that is adapted to the needs of adult learners and utilizes the latest educational technology while staying true to NAU's longstanding commitment and personalized approach to teaching and learning.
Over the past decade, NAU has seen tremendous growth in its student population, research agenda, and distance programming. New construction has enhanced a large portion of the 740-acre Flagstaff campus, increasing access and affordability for students across Arizona. Today NAU serves 31,000 students across 20-plus statewide locations and online. NAU offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, all distinguished by an ongoing commitment to close student-faculty relationships and rigorous academic quality. Six academic colleges make up more than 50 academic departments on campus.
Under the leadership of President Rita Cheng, Northern Arizona University has embarked on an ambitious strategic initiative to leverage the myriad strengths across the institution in order to advance the university as One NAU. Building on a rich legacy of extended campuses, innovative delivery models, and a faculty passionate about teaching and learning, One NAU is focused on ensuring that the same standards of excellence and commitment to student success are experienced in each academic program and at every campus across NAU. A central pillar of this exciting endeavor is NAU Online.
The Dean of NAU Online and Innovative Educational Initiatives reports to the Provost and serves as a key member of the Academic Affairs team. Given the critical role NAU Online will play in the One NAU initiative, the Dean will have routine opportunities to work directly with President Cheng and other senior university leaders. In contrast to a traditional decanal role, the Dean of NAU Online and Innovative Educational Initiatives will work across colleges and programs and will have strategic responsibility and accountability for both programmatic and operational matters related to online education initiatives across NAU divisions.
Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications should be sent via email to the university's consultants, Nick Giannas, Phil Tang, and Melissa Fincher, at NAUDeanOnlineEducationalInitiatives@wittkieffer.com. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by November 13, 2017. All candidate materials will be treated as confidential. Candidates should provide a resume or CV, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available at www.wittkieffer.com, and a list of five references submitted via email as three separate attachments. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge of and approval by the candidate. It is expected that the Dean of NAU Online and Innovative Educational Initiatives will be appointed in Spring 2018.
The successful candidate will have significant and successful prior experience developing, implementing, managing, and scaling an online education enterprise, having demonstrated an innovative approach to the delivery of online programs and a strong record of achievement in and commitment to serving online students and diverse learners.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with responsibilities and experience.
Northern Arizona University: An OverviewFounded in 1899, Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a vibrant community committed to teaching as learning, research as innovation, and service as shared leadership. NAU is one of only three public four-year universities serving the State of Arizona. Along with the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, NAU is governed by the constitutionally a...uthorized Arizona Board of Regents; together they constitute the Arizona University System.NAU embraces its mission to serve rural Arizona and Native Americans and to provide affordable access to higher education for all Arizonans through high quality educational programs and outreach activities that engage with Arizona’s citizens and communities. Classified as a high-research activity university, NAU’s main campus is located on a 740-acre site in Flagstaff, Arizona. NAU enrolls more than 26,000 undergraduates and nearly 4,000 graduate students at several campus sites located throughout the state and online.Arizona residents make up more than 69 percent of NAU’s student body, with the remainder hailing from other states and countries. NAU aspires to be the nation’s leading university serving Native American/Alaskan and Hawaiian Native cultures. Building upon its historic engagement with Native American communities and students, the university strives to enhance the future for Native American leaders, encourage strong communities, and celebrate the diverse cultural heritage of Arizona and the region. NAU attracts more than 1,500 Native American students from more than 127 tribal nations throughout the country. The university also enjoys a robust population of more than 1,300 international students. NAU students are supported by more than 4,600 faculty and staff.The university has an annual budget of $592 million and an endowment of approximately $145 million. NAU continues to be at the cutting edge of research, creating new knowledge and tackling big questions. Since 2009, NAU has increased its annual research and public service funding by 41 percent. Research and development expenditures have grown by 73 percent, from $26.7 million to a projected $46.3 million. Expenditures for public service and community engagement increased 11 percent, from $28.8 million to $32 million. In the past nine years,NAU has generated more than $500 million in resources from the success of research and public service—and that number continues to climb.NAU is more dynamic, innovative, and efficient than ever before in its history. Explore some of NAU’s many points of pride at nau.edu/about/points-of-pride. Learn more about NAU, its rich history, and innovative programs online at www.nau.edu.