Search for the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), a distinguished public research university, seeks internal applications and nominations for an Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (EVCAA) who exhibits bold vision, high energy, and commitment to excellence, creativity, and innovation in academia. The Executive Vice Chancellor functions in the capacity of the university’s provost, is the academic leader for the campus and is the responsible authority in the absence of the Chancellor.

The Position of
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

The Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is the academic leader for the campus with the mission of achieving excellence across all parameters. The Executive Vice Chancellor reports directly to the Chancellor and serves as the chief academic officer in collaboration with the Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). The UNL academic deans, other than those in IANR, report directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor. Those deans represent the College of Architecture; the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Business; the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts; the College of Education and Human Sciences; the College of Engineering; the College of Journalism and Mass Communications; the College of Law; Graduate Studies; and University Libraries. The Executive Vice Chancellor works in cooperation with the Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources who has oversight of the academic deans in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the Agricultural Research Division, and Nebraska Extension. The Executive Vice Chancellor is responsible for the administration, coordination, and development of general policies and functions applicable to academic programs and working with the Academic Deans, will assure pursuit of excellence through oversight of undergraduate teaching and learning; student affairs; diversity and inclusion; graduate mentoring; faculty development, promotion and tenure; and by developing innovative academic initiatives that will be recognized as unique signature strengths.

The new Executive Vice Chancellor will join UNL at a pivotal moment in the institutions’ history. On the occasion of its sesquicentennial, Chancellor Ronnie Green announced the university’s 25-year vision (“N150 Vision”) and a team is developing the first five-year (N2025) strategic plan, to be launched in early 2020 to further elevate the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to even greater national stature. The University is pursuing an aggressive agenda to become nationally preeminent and a distinctive Big Ten University by 2025. Specific goals of this agenda include increasing enrollment, growing research expenditures, enhancing student retention and graduation rates, increasing the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty, and increasing the number of faculty receiving national recognition and awards for their research and creative activity. The next Executive Vice Chancellor will play a critical role in achieving these goals and in making strategic decisions about resources associated with success.

Leadership Agenda

  1. Lead and direct the University's academic enterprise. The Executive Vice Chancellor is the academic leader for the campus with the mission of achieving excellence across all parameters. In collaboration with the Academic Deans, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, the Executive Vice Chancellor will assure pursuit of excellence through oversight of undergraduate teaching and learning; creative activities and pursuits; graduate mentoring; faculty development, promotion and tenure; resource allocation; strategic planning; and by developing innovative academic initiatives that will be recognized as unique signature strengths.
  2. Assure we attain our strategic vision of being a distinctive Big Ten research university in the nation. The Executive Vice Chancellor will accelerate UNL’s course toward fulfillment of established university goals, which presents our ambitious vision for a vigorous scholarly community.
  3. Foster academic collaboration both within UNL and external to the university. The Executive Vice Chancellor will lead UNL’s involvement in the Big Ten Academic Alliance and, together with the IANR Vice Chancellor/ NU Vice President, will lead efforts to ensure that the academic enterprise is well-integrated into the Nebraska Innovation Campus.
  4. Lead our long-range and strategic planning efforts. The Executive Vice Chancellor will lead an effective and relevant strategic planning process in the colleges, academic units, and the division of student affairs, to ensure these efforts help the campus to attain its vision and the University of Nebraska System achieve its goals as set out by the President and Board of Regents.
  5. Champion the university’s efforts for systemic improvement in diversity and inclusion. Diversity and inclusion are central to UNL’s mission and its pursuit of excellence. The Executive Vice Chancellor will be both a shepherd and champion of these efforts to continually improve the university.
  6. Increase student, faculty and staff diversity. The Executive Vice Chancellor will demonstrate a devotion and deep commitment to creating strategies and actively working toward improving the diversity of the faculty and student body.
  7. Maintain focus on student achievement and success. The Executive Vice Chancellor will lead initiatives that improve the quality of UNL’s undergraduate and graduate student body; oversee and improve enrollment management best practices, and continue to refine the Achievement-Centered Education curriculum.
  8. Increase focus on faculty achievement, development and success. The Executive Vice Chancellor will facilitate the ability of the faculty to raise their international reputation and prominence by promoting a culture of high expectations, achievement, and high-impact engagement; advocating for a strong tenure-line faculty; fostering the integration of teaching and research; and working to sustain high morale by recognizing and honoring excellence.
  9. Maintain commitment to Globalization and International Programming. The Executive Vice Chancellor will improve and expand study abroad and international partnerships; encourage the appropriate inclusion of international components in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum; enhance UNL as a welcoming community for international scholars; encourage UNL faculty to apply for international opportunities such as Fulbright or other exchange programs.
  10. Foster a culture that embraces the values of shared governance, collegiality, and transparency through an enhanced University Faculty and Staff Council with an attitude of respect, dignity and consensus building.
  11. Allocate resources to support academic priorities. The Executive Vice Chancellor will strategically manage resources to achieve ambitious research and education agendas, faculty hiring plans, and infrastructure improvements.
  12. Be a public advocate for the university's goals, objectives and priorities. The Executive Vice Chancellor will serve as an effective advocate for UNL to internal and external constituencies within the framework of overall university goals and priorities, and promote the accomplishments of faculty, students, and programs locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. The Executive Vice Chancellor works collaboratively and in consultation with the Chancellor, senior university administrators, faculty, and staff colleagues to enhance and strengthen the university's relationships with alumni and other external constituents, and to increase individual, corporate, philanthropic, and government support.

The University

UNL Campus

UNL, chartered by the Nebraska Legislature in 1869, is the flagship campus of the University of Nebraska system; it serves as both the Land-Grant and comprehensive public research university of the state of Nebraska. UNL is one of four universities of the University of Nebraska system and works cooperatively with the three other campuses—the University of Nebraska at Kearney, a predominantly undergraduate campus; the University of Nebraska at Omaha, housing both undergraduate and graduate programs; and health professions training and biomedical research is located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center located in Omaha and Lincoln, as well as other campuses across the state—and the system's Office of the President to provide for its student body and all Nebraskans the widest array of disciplines, areas of expertise, and specialized facilities of any institution within the state.

Nearly 25,000 students matriculate through UNL's nine colleges: Architecture, Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, Engineering, Hixson-Lied Fine and Performing Arts, Journalism and Mass Communications, and Law. UNL offers more than 150 undergraduate majors, 75 master's degree programs, 48 doctoral programs leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education and Doctor of Musical Arts. Seven professional degree programs and two educational specialist programs are available.

UNL is listed in the Carnegie Classification system as a research university with very high research activity, is one of the nation's leading public teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. The university is a member of the Big Ten Conference, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and was fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 2017.

The university received $352 million in externally sponsored awards in FY2021. Of that, $268 million was sponsored by federal agencies, a 26 percent increase in total awards from the previous fiscal year and a 56 percent increase over the past decade. The university’s top sources for federal funding include the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

UNL at a Glance


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Qualifications and Characteristics

The successful candidate must have a record of outstanding scholarship and teaching with full professor rank and tenure in one of UNL’s academic departments. The candidate will have an administrative record at a relevant institution that demonstrates strong collaborative academic management experience, creative and strategic thinking, sound judgment, excellent analytic skills, and the ability and courage to make difficult but informed decisions. Additionally, excellent listening, communications, and interpersonal skills with an ability to inspire, energize, and engage faculty, staff, and students toward a vision that embraces innovation in research, creative activity, teaching and student success. The desired candidate also will understand the needs of a comprehensive public research university and will be prepared to advocate for the public service mission as defined by a 21st century-leading Land-Grant institution.

Application and Nomination Process

To nominate a candidate for this position, please email the nominee’s name and email address to Renee Hagerman ( by Friday, November 5, 2021. Please feel free to include a statement about why you’re nominating the candidate.

To apply for this position, please submit your application, including a letter of interest, detailed CV, and the names of three references. All materials should be submitted on or before Friday, November 19, 2021 to ensure full consideration.

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