Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation Search

Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation Search

Position Summary

The Associate Vice Provost (AVP) for Digital Education and Innovation provides leadership for advancing innovative uses of technology in teaching at Duke. The AVP has the primary responsibility for setting Duke’s digital education strategies, in collaboration with the Provost, faculty leaders and Duke administration. The AVP monitors the industry landscape and works closely with deans and other university leaders to initiate and implement plans for faculty to develop online and blended teaching strategies using emerging technologies for campus and off-campus learning.

Reporting to the Provost through the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, the AVP has a secondary reporting line to the Vice Provost for Library Affairs for certain operational functions. The AVP supervises the Director of the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT), a unit housed within the University Libraries, and guides the efforts of staff in the Office of Information Technology (OIT) who provide functions such as video recording and production. The AVP also supervises staff in the production and delivery of centrally supported online courses and technology-enhanced curricular experiments; collaborates on assessment of these experiments, and develops and manages budgets associated with these activities.

Specific responsibilities

  • Provides vision and leadership in setting Duke’s overall agenda for innovations in classroom and online education and leads planning for technology-enhanced education initiatives at Duke; in year one, will drive Duke’s strategic planning for digital education and related areas of branding and policy formulation, in consultation with other administrators and faculty; identifies opportunities in online education consistent with Duke’s mission; provides overall direction for the CIT to meet the needs of faculty, supports online content development; provides funding and fosters collaboration through programs such as Faculty Fellows; and builds and operates Duke’s eLearning
  • Serves as a diplomat, convener and liaison across communities and stakeholders with differing perspectives within Duke and across higher education and technology-related sectors; formulates goals, initiates programs, and develops policies to advance Duke’s vision for innovations in classroom and online education, in collaboration with deans, faculty and committees, and with an eye toward industry
  • Develops benchmarks for measuring success of new and existing programs; promotes strategy and policy development for accreditation and credentialing that are appropriate for various forms of digital education; evaluates and establishes revenue and program support models for such
  • Plans budget, staffing and services to produce centrally supported online courses and digital education experiments in coordination with the Director of CIT and leaders in OIT, the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications and other areas of the Libraries, as well as school information technology groups.
  • Serves as primary liaison with business partners related to digital education activities, including Coursera and others; leads the evaluation and adoption of new programmatic approaches and coordinates the development and delivery of Duke’s Coursera-hosted content, including individual courses and various multi-course program specializations.
  • Represents Duke’s digital education initiatives to groups internal and external to Duke, such as the Board of Trustees, and representatives from other universities, businesses and foundations; serves as a visible participant in professional networks and actively engages nationally as a leader in innovative approaches to digital education.
  • Performs other duties related to innovations in classroom and online education as they arise.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervises the Director of the Center for Instructional Technology, the Project Coordinator and the Communications Manager for Digital Education.


The successful candidate will bring a commitment to client-focused, collaboration and creative problem solving, continuous learning, and advancing Duke’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. As a manager s/he is expected to help develop a common vision for staff by providing clear direction and priorities, clarifying roles and responsibilities, and promoting mutual understanding through effective communication. S/he will also effectively plan and evaluate performance, provide feedback, recognition and coaching, and foster the development of employees to achieve their professional and personal goals.


Required:  Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience

Preferred:  Ph.D. or other terminal degree



  • Deep and broad experience in academic technology and higher education planning and operations
  • Knowledge of trends in technology and higher education and current research on digital teaching and learning
  • Expert knowledge of digital teaching and learning tools and emerging systems for delivering digital education
  • Leadership skills appropriate for guiding a large unit responsible for innovative course design and delivery
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups at all levels within the University and ability to form collaborative academic partnerships
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems in conjunction with stakeholders
  • Experience supervising staff across complex work teams; excellent project management skills and use of metrics to identify resource needs and provide accountability
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
  • College or university teaching experience or close interaction with faculty on digital teaching projects

Preferred: Faculty appointment (either tenure or non-tenure track) with at least three years of experience teaching at the post-secondary level.

Working Conditions

  • Normal office environment
  • Attendance at occasional events outside standard work hours
  • Occasional travel required

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability.

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Procedure for submitting nominations and applications

Nominations and applications are being solicited for this position.  Nominations should include the name of the individual being nominated, a link to his/her website, and a brief description of why the individual would be an excellent candidate for the position.  This information should be emailed to   Applications should include a  curriculum vitae and a two page maximum statement summarizing the applicant’s research interests, leadership experience, and broad vision for emerging technologies for campus and off-campus learning.  Full consideration will be given to applications and nominations  received by October 28, 2016.  Applications can be submitted to Academic Jobs Online – or at, job #8016

Search Committee for the Associate Vice Provost (AVP) for Digital Education and Innovation
Fall, 2016

Chair – Stephen Craig, Chemistry

Nita Farahany, School of Law
Tracy Futhey, Information Technology
Emma Jakoi, Cell Biology
Deborah Jakubs, University Libraries
Bruce Jentleson, Sanford School of Public Policy
Tony O’Driscoll, Duke Corporate Education
Marilyn Oermann, School of Nursing
Guillermo Sapiro, Pratt School of Engineering
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Philosophy