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Associate Dean for Academic Incubation and Innovation

Kansas State University Global Campus
Dean’s Office

Associate Dean for Academic Incubation and Innovation
Position Description

The Associate Dean for Academic Incubation and Innovation serves in a lead position addressing university-wide academic portfolio management for enrollment growth. Housed in Global Campus, the Academic Incubation and Innovation unit develops, manages and launches new learning initiatives through collaboration with all colleges, departments and campuses at Kansas State University.

The associate dean leads and directs academic incubation strategic planning efforts in collaboration with faculty, students, staff and administrators across the university. This individual is responsible for developing, maintaining and evaluating academic incubation and implementation structures that support the overarching academic enterprise and reflect continuous improvement processes. Additionally, the associate dean will lead digital learning research efforts, growing K-State’s presence and stature within this growing field of study. This will entail leadership of faculty-centered initiatives intended to explore the role of technology and innovation in digital learning.

The associate dean also provides strategic leadership in creating an institutional culture and capacity for innovative design and exceptional quality working collaboratively with departments, colleges and campuses. The position reports directly to the dean of Global Campus to create and incubate new academic programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Planning and Development – 40%

  • Leads a highly collaborative effort to build new and/or revitalize existing learning opportunities based on K-State’s mission and vision
  • Develops and maintains a strategic plan for new academic program market analysis, design and launch in collaboration with key stakeholders and the university community
  • Oversees the conduct of market research studies to assess new course/program viability and market saturation with a focus on return on investment (ROI) metrics
  • Implements a systematic and scalable infrastructure, utilizing project management principles, to manage multiple competing deadlines and multi-phased projects
  • Leads design implementation for small- and large-scale instructional projects that include new initiatives and revitalization efforts
  • Develops, demonstrates and shares strategies that will have a positive and lasting impact on the design, delivery and outcomes of all learning initiatives (with a special emphasis on digital learning initiatives)
  • Leverages best practices and quality frameworks at the course, program and operations levels
  • Manages Global Campus development grants for new courses and programs including the application, awarding and implementation processes

Partnering and Collaboration – 25%

  • Engages institutional leadership in support of online learning, working to ensure inclusion in the strategic enrollment plan for the institution
  • Works with deans, department chairs, faculty and staff to strategically plan and explore new course and program offerings as well as supplement revitalization efforts
  • Assists in defining institutional strategies and best practices for learning across a broad array of disciplines that are flexible, reduce duplication across the institution and help students learn better to achieve educational goals
  • Collaborates with university leaders, faculty and academic staff in the development of new digital learning initiatives
  • Articulates the value of digital education and proposes ways to create and sustain a robust digital learning environment
  • Spearheads collaborative engagement with the K-State Teaching and Learning Center to support a full array of faculty development and engagement initiatives especially focusing on digital learning
  • Provides a critical Global Campus connection point with other campus units (e.g., ITAC) for the design and delivery of digital learning
  • Develops, promotes and deploys internal collaborative and knowledge sharing events around digital education and innovation topics, especially among instructional designers within Global Campus and across the university to function as a centralized digital learning team dedicated to overseeing course development, course quality and student outcomes
  • Acts as a liaison between colleges, departments and units to coordinate the necessary support needed to provide successful online, hybrid and flipped courses and programs, enhancing faculty-student engagement in the digital realm
  • Works strategically with outside vendors to deliver innovative technology solutions, expand capabilities and boost enrollment
  • Establishes feedback loops related to course quality, student engagement and success for continuous improvement
  • Represents the university within various local and national organizations specific to learning (e.g., distance, digital, online, etc.)
  • Leads appropriate Global Campus committees and initiatives
  • Works collaboratively with faculty to conduct research projects and provide program support to colleges and departments across campus relative to digital learning
  • Identifies best practices to scale education technology resources campus-wide, and facilitates dissemination of these practices
  • Assists in the development of strategies to enhance learning experiences across online, blended and technology-enhanced initiatives
  • Disseminates research and analysis on new and emerging technologies, instructional design theories and approaches to share with the university community
  • Adds value to campus research initiatives through analysis (which may include triangulation, pattern recognition, application of experience, and other skills as needed)
  • Provides strategic leadership and oversight for the Academic Incubation and Innovation unit
  • Supervises, mentors and defines responsibilities, goals and objectives for all members of the unit staff
  • Manages a portfolio of new programs and projects in various stages of development
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in instructional design, education technology, instructional technology, or a related degree
  • A minimum of 6 years of academic administrative experience in progressively responsible positions

Research and Data Collection – 20%

  • Identifies existing models and determines efficacy of a university-wide research initiative focusing on digital learning pedagogy and andragogy
  • Assesses and evaluates project effectiveness using appropriate metrics; helps to integrate data-driven decision-making and research into education technology initiatives

Supervision and Management – 15%

  • Provides strategic leadership and oversight for the Academic Incubation and Innovation unit
  • Supervises, mentors and defines responsibilities, goals and objectives for all members of the unit staff
  • Manages a portfolio of new programs and projects in various stages of development

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in instructional design, education technology, instructional technology, or a related degree
  • A minimum of 6 years of academic administrative experience in progressively responsible positions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree or equivalent in instructional design, education technology, instructional technology or a related degree
  • Demonstrated success in working with academic leaders and faculty
  • Extensive curriculum development and project leadership experience with the ability to lead high-quality projects/initiatives with senior-level stakeholders
  • Capacity to build a strong and collegial community within the university
  • A superior ability in oral, written, and interpersonal communication
  • A demonstrated track record of facilitating faculty development and mentoring programs and working with deans, department heads and administration
  • Experience overseeing online courses and programs
  • Established record of engagement in research, scholarship and large-scale inter-institutional initiatives
  • Demonstrated leadership in innovative design
  • Experience working on analytics projects and tools
  • Demonstrated initiative, independent judgment, diplomacy and service-oriented attitude
  • Supervisory and operational management experience of professional staff
  • Experience in a research-focused university setting

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of key performance indicators, metrics, and data/predictive analytics to support planning, decision-making and continuous improvement efforts
  • Knowledgeable in the use of data analysis to identify areas of improvement and specific actions to address areas of concern
  • Knowledge of best practices in online design in order to develop and implement programs and processes that help engage students
  • Knowledge of management and supervisory principles and practices with the ability to supervise, train, motivate and mentor staff in a high-performing operation
  • Skill in encouraging and ensuring the highest standards in experiential learning, especially in a digital environment
  • Change management skills, including the ability to adapt and handle ambiguity
  • Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify the appropriate analytical processes for addressing particular issues, arrive at supportable recommendations, build consensus and ensure successful implementation
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to diversity issues related to effective communication and interaction with persons from diverse cultural backgrounds, age ranges, social backgrounds, experience levels and more
  • Ability to evaluate the attractiveness of new opportunities with an entrepreneurial, creative, and resourceful mindset with appropriate fiscal foundations
  • Ability to manage and prioritize across multiple projects, strategic priorities and issues with a drive toward informed answers and results in a focused and efficient manner with the agility to make changes to plans as new information is learned and analyzed
  • Ability to plan, oversee and assess strategic initiatives
  • Ability to work with internal stakeholders to set standards relating to innovation, student engagement and learning efficacy to be applied across the university programs along with oversight of the application of these standards
  • Ability to ensure the effectiveness of faculty mentoring and professional development initiatives
  • Ability to develop and implement strategies for effective communication with faculty and staff
  • Ability to oversee the nomination and recognition of staff and faculty for university, statewide, national and international teaching awards
  • Ability to serve as a digital learning advocate, navigating and resolving challenges and collaborating with faculty on academic initiatives

Appointment conditions: Regular 12-month, exempt appointment

Inclement weather designation: Nonessential

Salary Range: 14A $84,990-140,240 annual

Please note: the minimum salary for this position is $84,990. Actual salary will be determined based on the candidate’s experience, education, internal equity and departmental funding. Salary offers are typically made between the minimum and midpoint of the salary range. The range indicated includes both the typical hiring range and potential future progression.

Submit your application and required materials via the Kansas State University K-State Jobs applicant portal. http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/504501/associate-dean-global-campus 

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter addressing your qualifications and skills related to the position
  • Resume or curriculum vita listing education and employment history
  • Three professional references including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate) and email address

Screening of applicants begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be received by September 19, 2018.

Kansas State University is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Background check required. Kansas State University actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.