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Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Spokane, WA

Please note that as of August 2019, the search is in an advanced stage.

Washington State University Spokane (WSU Spokane), one of six campuses of the distinguished Washington State University system, seeks an innovative and experienced leader to serve as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA). WSU Spokane is WSU’s health sciences campus which prepares the state’s future generations of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals and provides life-changing education and research in world-class facilities. Reporting to and working closely with the Chancellor, and serving as a key member of the WSU Spokane leadership team, the VCAA will oversee day-to-day management of critical processes and functions pertaining to faculty affairs and academic matters. The VCAA will provide guidance and strategy around the creation, implementation, and evaluation of academic programs; faculty evaluation and assessment; and the further development of infrastructure to support the growth of quality of educational activities in health sciences.

WSU Spokane is an exciting place to be. Under the leadership of the new Chancellor, Dr. Daryll B. DeWald, and a dynamic leadership team, WSU Spokane is building partnerships and collaborations in Spokane, across WSU, throughout Washington, and beyond in order to meet the needs of an expanding healthcare environment. The campus houses the relatively new Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington’s community-based medical school. Named after Washington State University’s late president, Dr. Elson S. Floyd, the college was created to expand medical education and health care access in communities across the state. The campus is also home to College of Nursing and the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. More than 1,600 students are enrolled in four undergraduate, eight graduate, and three professional degree programs in medical sciences, nursing, pharmacy, nutrition and exercise physiology, speech and hearing sciences, health policy and administration, criminal justice and education.

In recent years, WSU Spokane has experienced growth in its physical campus, research productivity, partnerships, academic programming, and student body. Faculty are involved in team-based, interdisciplinary research to inform the scientific knowledge base, influence health outcomes, and ultimately improve the quality of care, education, and management in the healthcare spaces. Research continues to grow at an impressive rate, as grant and contract funding reached $32.5 million in FY2018, up significantly over previous years. The 48-acre campus, which also houses programs offered by Eastern Washington University, is located just across the Spokane River from Gonzaga University. It is home to several new facilities, such as the recently constructed Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences building, which houses the latest in health science laboratories and classroom technology. Recently, an iconic U-District Bridge was completed as a result of a partnership with the City of Spokane and businesses, colleges and universities in the University District to better connect the city and enable collaboration and partnerships.

This newly created position provides a tremendous opportunity for a visionary leader to work in a dynamic, intellectually stimulating environment and to assume a leadership role on a campus that is dedicated to developing health professionals to transform the health of underserved communities. Working closely with the Chancellor for WSU Spokane and academic leaders across the campus and university, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will play an important role in achieving the vision for the growing campus and will be expected to address a key set of opportunities and challenges:

  • Enable academic excellence through better alignment, integration, and coordination of academic administrative offices and activities
  • Imagine, support, and drive academic planning and program development, educational assessment, and accreditation activities
  • Foster strong linkages across WSU Spokane, the WSU system, and academic partners across the state
  • Further recruitment, development, and support of an excellent faculty and staff
  • Serve as an engaged and collaborative partner to the central WSU academic leadership team

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Electronic submission of materials is required.

Julie Filizetti is leading this search with Alanya Green.

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently-separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability, and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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