The Point Loma Nazarene University community is, and intends to be, a decidedly Christian community, as exhibited by our shared beliefs, corporate practices, and Christlike character.
The Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies and the Dean of Extended Learning provides leadership, working with other university deans and department chairs, for the graduate, non-traditional undergraduate, traditional undergraduate and distance learning students according to the institution’s mission and strategic priorities.
RESPONSIBILITIES STRATEGIC OVERSIGHT: Provide macro academic oversight to the graduate and extended learning programs at PLNU to ensure mission alignment, consistency of policies and practice, maintenance of high-quality education standards, and proactive market responsiveness to the communities we serve. Work collaboratively with the Associate Vice President (AVP) for GPS Student Success and the AVP for GPS Enrollment to ensure that the University strategic priorities are met, specifically in the area of increasing educational access and fostering innovation and agility in the graduate and extended learning areas. With them, collaboratively set appropriate targets for specific programs and create strategic plans to reach those targets in order to collectively achieve the university’s enrollment goals. Work with the University along with the professional and higher education community to make PLNU a regional leader in responsive and innovative educational programs.
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION: Work with the GPS leadership team, college and school deans and department chairs to provide collaborative leadership and management to the improvement, enhancement, and development of current and new programs dealing with graduate and extended learning. Work with the appropriate academic units, deans, and University governance bodies (Academic Policies Committee, Graduate and Extended Studies Committee, General Education Committee, etc.) in supporting the development and implementation of curriculum and programs for graduate and extended learners. Additionally, work collaboratively with the GPS leadership team and academic unit leaders to facilitate the formation and maintenance of strategic partnerships with community colleges and other outside entities where our graduate and adult learning programs may be offered.
FACULTY AND TEACHING TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT: Provide oversight and guidance to faculty development efforts with special regard to teaching adult students, teaching hybrid and online classes, and using technology to maximize student learning outcome effectiveness. Provide leadership and support in the areas of instructional technology and design; collaborate with faculty in the implementation of technology into their regular courses as well as in the creation of technologically mediated courses. Develop and maintain the needed instructional design support to enable faculty to focus on curricular content without the burden of integration into a delivery system or learning new technologies unrelated to instruction. Work with the appropriate academic units and deans in the recruitment, approval, training, management, and evaluation of adjunct faculty teaching in the graduate and extended learning programs.
OPERATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE: Work collaboratively with the GPS leadership team and Vice Provost for Academic Administration to ensure effective policies, processes, practices and student support services for meeting the needs of graduate and extended learning students. As part of the GPS leadership team, work closely with Marketing and Creative Services to help inform their marketing plans for our graduate and extended learning programs. Work collaboratively with ITS on the Learning Management System (LMS) and other technology related issues to ensure selection and design of the best tools to accomplish the hybrid and online teaching goals of the university. Oversee the planning, implementation, and dissemination of the extended learning budgets. Work with appropriate groups to assure that the catalog of programs articulates the unique issues related to the graduate and extended programs. In partnership with the relevant University offices, oversee the recruitment, selection, training, retention, and evaluation of academic instructional technology and related administrative staff that support and deliver the graduate and extended University programs. Monitor contractual relationships and coordinate the program activities with contract consultants associated with the graduate and extended programs.
ACADEMIC PROCESSES: Work with the appropriate governance and support services groups to assure the development of all new processes and policies needed to effectively operate the graduate and extended learning programs.
ASSESSMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY: Adhere to and support the university’s continuous improvement model for institutional effectiveness, assessment, program review, and accreditation reporting, within the context of the University’s strategic priorities of Agility and Access. Maintain high levels of educational effectiveness in the oversight of academic program and student support services.
Has earned a terminal degree and a record of scholarship.
Has 5 or more years of successful academic leadership experience with graduate, adult, and online programs.
Demonstrates an understanding of and commitment to the spiritual mission of Point Loma Nazarene University.
Demonstrates an appreciation for Christian higher education, the ability to articulate PLNU’s mission and to explain how that mission can be fulfilled in adult and hybrid/online programs.
Can articulate the particular learning needs of graduate and non-traditional learners.
Demonstrated successful teaching experience with non-traditional adult learners.
Exhibits a capacity for global thinking with an understanding of how all the factors of the University fit together.
Has the ability to prioritize and to manage multiple tasks.
Has successful experience and has given leadership to the assessment and accreditation process.
Has given effective leadership to large teams with successful results.
Has an understanding of and experience with distance education using hybrid/online delivery methods.
Has direct experience with using a variety of learning technologies and has a demonstrated capacity to learn new technologies.
Is available when needed to help support the deans and program directors of the graduate and extended programs.
Has understanding and experience in the use of appropriate pedagogy in a variety of learning environments.
Has demonstrated experience in leading faculty development and training efforts that match pedagogy with mode of delivery.
A successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and have a record of collaboration and community building.
The work is primarily sedentary and may require sitting for extended periods of time. Use of computer equipment: computer keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Ability to read documents, email and other correspondence, and reports on paper and computer monitor. Hearing and speaking to communicate effectively with others in person and by phone. Ability to stand, stoop, push, pull, and lift up to 10 lbs throughout the day.
Point Loma Nazarene University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide quality educational and employment opportunities, PLNU actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.
At Point Loma Nazarene University, academics, faith, and community are all vital. Students benefit from this balanced approach to education and leave PLNU prepared to think, act, and contribute to the world. In addition to more than 60 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU offers graduate program regional centers throughout Southern California. PLNU serves more than 3,500 students.PLNU is a community committed to calling. As a result of our mission to provide whole-person education in the context of our Christian faith, our faculty and staff are known for their excellence, regardless of their responsibilities or field.We believe God calls all of us to participate in bringing about His Kingdom in a unique and deeply personal way. We also believe in pursuing calling together. Excellent work and meaningful relationships all belong to what we call vocation. Being part of a community full of individuals engaged in the same endeavor will set you up for a lifetime of weaving calling into who you are and everything you ever do.Be part of something meaningful. Discover and cultivate your true potential. Be part of Point Loma Nazarene University.