Call for nominations: Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of Continuing Studies

TO:    Members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Community
FROM:    Dean of Continuing Studies Search and Screen Committee
RE:    Nominations of Candidates/Applications for Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of Continuing Studies Vacancy

Chancellor Biddy Martin and Provost Paul DeLuca have appointed the undersigned as a search and screen committee for the position of vice provost for lifelong learning and dean of the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  We invite you to submit nominations/applications for the position vacancy.

UW-Madison is one of the largest and most comprehensive providers of continuing professional education and lifelong learning in North America.  Through dedication to the Wisconsin Idea, the institution seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities of non-traditional students by providing access, outreach, and engagement.  Noncredit programs and credit courses offered through the Division of Continuing Studies and in conjunction with campus outreach units reach some 300,000 learners annually.

The Division of Continuing Studies is a gateway for nontraditional learners to access the resources, facilities and programs of UW-Madison and supports the integration of the outreach function into the fabric of the university.  The division’s primary role comprises leadership, administrative oversight, and marketing responsibility for UW-Madison’s noncredit offerings, credit outreach, and summer session.

The vice provost and dean provides campus-wide leadership of the outreach mission and direct oversight for a combined faculty and staff of approximately 100 FTE and a budget of $15 million.

(See and for additional information about the institution and the division.)

Primary responsibilities:

• Develop innovative approaches to meeting the emerging needs of lifelong learners including moving forward with new distance learning technologies, educational strategies, community-based engagement and service learning, and creation of new education-based partnerships with public and private sector entities.

• Build, nurture, and maintain strong partnerships with UW-Madison’s academic, administrative, and support units in their efforts to engage and encourage units and their faculty in outreach and lifelong learning efforts.

• Improve the quality of life for individuals and communities of non-traditional students by providing access, outreach, and engagement.

• Administrative leadership and oversight for Summer Session.

• Manage financial and human resources of the Division of Continuing Studies.

• Lead the management and fiscal accountability of the UW-Madison/UW-Extension partnership.

UW-Madison seeks candidates with creative vision, proven leadership, and exceptional management skills.  Candidates should provide evidence of:

• Entrepreneurial spirit in support of innovative responses to meeting the needs of learners worldwide.

• Success in leading and managing market-driven programming in a revenue generation dependent environment.

• Commitment to open leadership, shared governance and consensus building.

• Ability to work effectively with administrators, faculty, and academic and classified staff in a complex higher education environment.

• Ability to work effectively with a broad range of representatives of the Wisconsin, national, and global communities.

• Ability to plan strategically and to lead organizational change to achieve strategic goals and objectives.

• Ability to develop, support, and sustain continuing education programs using a range of delivery modes including the use of cutting edge technologies to meet learner needs.

• Commitment to diversity as a personal and a professional value.


• A doctoral or other terminal degree and strong academic credentials including publications, academic presentations, and other scholarly activity.

• A minimum of 10 years experience in higher education with increasing levels of academic program, fiscal management, and personnel-related responsibilities.

• A distinguished record of scholarship and academic credentials as required for appointment as full professor with tenure at UW-Madison.

This position reports to the chancellor and the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs of UW-Madison.

Electronic applications and nominations must be received by 22 November 2010 to ensure consideration.  Later applications and nominations may also be considered.  The committee particularly encourages applications and nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups.  Applicants should include a current curriculum vitae and cover letter that addresses how their strengths and experience match the qualifications for the position, and what they see as challenges and opportunities of the position, as well as the names and contact information, including email addresses, of five references.  Candidates will be informed before references are contacted.  Please note that under Wisconsin statutes the names of nominees and applicants who explicitly request confidentiality will not be made public.  However, the university is required to release the names of the finalists who will be interviewed by the chancellor and the provost.

Submit applications and nominations electronically to the Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of Continuing Studies Search and Screen Committee at:

Questions may be directed to the Search Office at 608-262-1677 or

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

Members of the Search and Screen Committee:  Emily Auerbach, Wendy Crone, Laura Ingram, Philip O’Leary (chair), Barry Orton, Robert Ray, David Riley, Jeanette Roberts, Martin Rouse, John Rudolph, David Schejbal, Jeffrey Wendorf, Kara Westmas