Vice Dean, Information Technology and Systems

Largo, MD
Jan 23, 2019
Mar 04, 2019
Full Time


Vice Dean Information Technology and Systems  

The Graduate School

Exempt, Regular, Full-Time

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) seeks a Vice Dean to oversee Information Technology and Systems (ITS).  The new Vice Dean will join one of the largest online institutions in the world, serving a global student population.  Working adults, military personnel, and other students around the globe are achieving their academic goals through UMUC's innovative educational options, including online instruction, accelerated academic programs, and classroom-based courses taught during the daytime, evenings, and weekends.

UMUC offers on-site instruction in over 150 locations in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, including over 20 locations in the Maryland and greater D.C. area. One of 12 degree-granting institutions in the University System of Maryland (USM), UMUC is the largest public institution of higher education in the U.S., serving over 92,000 students annually, including over 70,000 undergraduates and 20,000 graduate students.

UMUC strives to reflect the diversity of the global community within which it exists. Cultural differences are valued as essential to the educational process and working environment. Candidates with an understanding of and appreciation for diversity are especially encouraged to apply.

Specific responsibilities include:

The Vice Dean will demonstrate a commitment to serving the needs of working adult and military students, and should possess the requisite skills to drive curricular change, best teaching practices, organizational process improvements, and other innovations to serve the needs of our students.  The Vice Dean will be responsible for ensuring that faculty design curriculum that is career relevant and based on UMUC learning models and best pedagogical practices. The Vice Dean will actively employ data on the assessment of student learning and program quality to inform continuous improvements to programs and teaching.

As a member of a senior leadership team that reports directly to the Dean, the Vice Dean will be adept at collaborating with peers to address shared needs and solve common problems. The Vice Dean should also effectively liaise with other units across the university to advance School and UMUC priorities.

  • Ensure that all department personnel understand UMUC's mission to support open access education for adult learners and maintain the highest standard of customer service and support
  • Manage Academic Specialists, and Administrative Staff who support eighteen (18) graduate programs totaling over 3,000 plus annual enrollments in the department
  • Provide overall accountability for the academic quality and workplace relevance of ITS programs
  • Ensure that the highest standards of academic integrity are maintained and that staff, faculty, and students understand their roles and responsibilities in maintaining academic integrity
  • Establish accountability for regular and ongoing review and support of faculty teaching
  • Provide oversight, direction, and support for faculty to practice regular and effective communication with faculty
  • Provide faculty with ongoing opportunities for engagement in curricular initiatives via program chairs
  • Support program chair use of data--including but not limited to learning outcomes assessment data--to drive decisions and make ongoing improvements to courses and programs
  • Lead department staff in the support and advancement of school and university priorities
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Required education & experience:  An earned Master's degree, from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in computer or information technology or systems, or related field; understanding of and experience in the use of information systems and technology in various industries and sectors, including computer science, software and systems engineering, computer/cloud networking and architecture, and data sciences; seven (7) years in higher education administration, including at least five (5) years of demonstrated ability leading, directing, supervising, motivating, and inspiring others; and the ability to manage a diverse portfolio of academic offerings.

Preferred education & experience: An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in computer or information science, technology, or information systems. Experience working in a fast-paced environment and the ability to foster and develop internal and external relationships to enhance further a collaborative academic community; an understanding of best practices in adult education, learning outcomes assessment, competency-based education, developmental education, and applications of educational technology; teaching experience at the graduate level, working with adult learners; excellent verbal and written communication skills; the ability to use information technology; strong analytical skills; and the ability to use data to inform decisions.



All submissions should include a cover letter and résumé. UMUC offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits for qualifying positions, such as tuition remission, generous leave and healthcare.  For detailed benefits information, please visit:

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination. UMUC is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, ancestry, political affiliation or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.If you are an external candidate, you will have the option to create an account after you submit your application. Passwords for external accounts must contain 8 characters including 1 uppercase letter, 1 number, and 1 special character. Please remember this password, as it will be required to apply to additional jobs.


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