Position Summary

The Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (AVP) is the senior liaison to undergraduate academic programs for (1) integrating experiential learning opportunities—including, but not limited to, internships, study abroad and global learning, research, leadership, service learning, and employment—and (2) improving student success outcomes broadly. The AVP is responsible for strategic leadership and management focused on improving undergraduate co-curricular educational experiences. The AVP also maintains a focus on undergraduate student success university-wide and champions access and educational equity for underserved populations. Critical to this role are partnerships among colleges, undergraduate programs, Office of Academic Affairs, and the Division of Student Affairs. The AVP oversees the Office of Undergraduate Research (URSA), the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units (Airforce, Army, and Navy), OSU’s Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO), and the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) fellowship. In additional, the AVP oversees university-wide initiatives related to undergraduate student success and experiential learning.

The efforts overseen by the AVP support the University’s commitment to enhance and expand opportunities for undergraduates to engage in experiential learning and its commitment to increase student success. This position is responsible for efforts on increasing student access to experiential learning activities both within and outside of the university. Creating consistency of access to these activities across the colleges, OSU campuses and locations, and student demographic groups is critical to efforts narrowing the opportunity gaps with which many first generation, low income, and underrepresented students experience.

The Office of Academic Affairs provides a welcoming and inclusive work environment, in which everyone is treated with dignity and respect and is valued for their contribution to student success at Oregon State University. The AVP is a member of the leadership team in the Office of Academic Affairs and reports to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Leaders in the Office of Academic Affairs are expected to operate in a collaborative manner with colleagues, perform functions with a high level of ambiguity in an ever-changing environment that requires continual flexibility, and perform all aspects of their work with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Position Duties


  • Actively participate, learn, contribute, and lead in the national conversations related to current and emerging trends in experiential learning and study abroad as well as co-curricular student success initiatives and integrate as appropriate into programs at Oregon State University.
  • Help develop, implement, and manage a strategic business plan to meet institutional goals for experiential learning opportunities for OSU students. Elements may include: an experiential learning hub with central and distributed components to coordinate experiential learning opportunities and provide equitable access for all OSU students; collaborative approaches to promoting study opportunities away from the home campus including study abroad, study away, global learning, research, and other opportunities; clear pathways towards integrating co-curricular activities into degree programs for students, with articulation of how options fit into graduation paths;
  • Collaborate with academic colleges, INTO OSU, the Senior International Officer, and other partners to support and increase engagement in programs and opportunities for students to gain experience away from their home campus both inside and outside the US. As feasible, these opportunities can build on faculty interests and capacity available within OSU.
  • In collaboration with the Director of OSU GO, develop priorities and policies related to international exchange, study abroad programs, and international internships consistent with OSU’s strategic goal to further internationalize OSU.
  • Provide expertise and best practices in study opportunities away and abroad (incorporating various modalities of engagement), research experiences for undergraduates, and other high-impact experiential learning opportunities.
  • Work with colleges and campus partners to provide training and development for faculty and staff to grow high-impact experiential opportunities for students. Specifically focus on training so that faculty and staff may develop recruitment plans for incorporating more BIPOC and other underrepresented students into experiential learning activities.
  • Lead central efforts supporting undergraduate student success including, but not limited to, UIA projects, the Undergraduate Student Success Committee, Undergraduate Education Council, and elements of academic advising.
  • Provide leadership, supervision, and direction for assigned staff including Director of OSU GO, Associate Director of the Office Undergraduate Research, STEM Leaders Coordinator, experiential learning staff, UIA Fellow, and support staff for Army, Navy, and Air Force ROTC. Hire and train employees; plan, assign, and review work, establishing goals for each position and assessing performance through completion of written evaluations; act on disciplinary issues, up to and including dismissal; address grievances, develop a framework for corrective actions, as necessary. Complete performance evaluations and recommend salary actions.
  • Work collaboratively with other administrators, advisers, academic departments, and Faculty Senate representatives on issues related to the portfolio.
  • Provide fiscal oversight and tactical supervision for activities.
  • Develop and maintain staffing plan for division inclusive of on-going development and growth plans for the AVP portfolio.
  • Establish plans, policies, procedures, and budgets needed to administer the offices in the portfolio; establish workload expectations consistent with OSU practices and norms.
  • While not supervisory, provide connection, support, and leadership to the ROTC commanders on behalf of the university.
  • As appropriate, pursue, oversee, and coordinate grant activities and projects.
  • Working with the OSU Foundation and Alumni Association to establish scholarships, endowments, and/or fundraising opportunities for the portfolio of experiential learning.
  • Track student success and experiential learning metrics with an emphasis on increasing access and participation amongst underrepresented, first generation, and low-income students across all colleges.
  • As appropriate, produce scholarship related to experiential learning and student success.
  • As a member of the Office of Academic Affairs leadership team, the AVP may be called upon to represent the Vice Provost and the Office in various capacities.
  • Participate in professional organizations supporting the work in the portfolio.
  • Serve on university committees; and
  • The AVP serves at the pleasure of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, who can assign additional duties as needed.
Minimum/Required Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree or advanced terminal degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum three years of experience in higher education administration involving program development in the areas of experiential learning and student success.
  • Experience leading, designing, or coordinating study abroad/away opportunities for students.
  • Record of working with BIPOC and other underserved communities and experience creating programs that help close equity gaps among diverse student populations.
  • Experience with operational logistics and technical tools that support programs such as study abroad, experiential learning, undergraduate research, or ROTC.
  • Evidence of effective leadership, successful collaboration with partners and stakeholders, and excellence in staff supervision, employment matters, and promoting professional development.
  • Demonstrable experience with making independent decisions related to portfolio management, programmatic changes, and policy.
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Six years of experience in higher education administration involving program development in the areas of experiential learning and student success.
  • Experience running a study abroad unit at comparable sized institution.
  • Experience with curriculum development or delivery and/or curricular integration of experiential learning components (capstone projects, faculty-led study abroad, etc.)
  • Experience with development, implementation, and iteration of strategic plans, budgets, and fundraising.
  • Experience with development or management of internship programs.
  • Teaching experience in a higher education setting.
  • Demonstrable experience leading institution-wide initiatives.