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Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Digital Education Durham, NC

Duke University, one of the nation’s leading universities, seeks nominations and applications for the position of Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Digital Education (VPLI). Reporting directly to the Provost, the VPLI is a newly created position that will have primary responsibility for setting Duke’s digital education strategies, including leveraging technology to bolster online, hybrid and in-person offerings; as well as advancing Duke educational experiences for undergraduate, graduate, professional, K-12, alumni and other lifelong learners through the application of innovative teaching methods and supporting technologies.

This is a critically important appointment for Duke University. The VPLI will be a key driver for the development and execution of Duke’s continuing education, lifelong learning, pedagogical innovation, and digital education strategies in collaboration with the Provost, senior administrative colleagues, academic leaders, and faculty from across the University. The VPLI will couple a deep commitment to academic excellence with significant technological, pedagogical, and managerial experience. The successful candidate will bring a commitment to continuous learning and to advancing Duke’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. They will also bring an experimental, creative mindset and a team-based ethos to joint endeavors, always looking to diffuse successful pilots across Duke’s schools and other educational units. Additionally, the VPLI must be adept at communicating with and cultivating buy-in among a range of university stakeholders with varying degrees of willingness to embrace technological enhancement in the context of the University’s teaching and learning mission. Furthermore, the VPLI should demonstrate an ability to lead diverse teams with trust and transparency, to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders and strategic partners, and to provide forward-thinking strategic counsel to other University administrative and academic leaders.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in strict confidence and should be directed below. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Ponneh Varho is leading this search with Ernest Brooks.


Duke University prohibits discrimination and harassment and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke is committed to recruiting, hiring, and promoting qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


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