Vice Provost for Educational Improvement and Innovation - Oregon Health & Science University - Portland, OR


Oregon Health & Science University is seeking a Vice Provost for Educational Improvement and Innovation
The Vice Provost for Educational Improvement and Innovation is a faculty and administrative position that will oversee the functional and programmatic resources that support university-wide excellence in teaching, educational technology, program evaluation, learner assessment, faculty development, and educational research. He/she will work to integrate services and coordinate stakeholders, while also assessing and making recommendations for strategic areas for improvement. The Vice Provost will lead and/or support:
  • Advancement of teaching excellence, including the integration of new approaches, effective pedagogy, and the use of education technologies.
  • Strategic and programmatic leadership over central functions associated with educational improvement and innovation that reach all of OHSU’s academic programs.
  • Curriculum development and innovation, including all instructional venues and modalities across programs of the University.
  • Development of high quality, evidence-based evaluation and assessment practices (including competency-based assessment) that align with national best practices and inform curriculum decision making and quality improvement efforts.
  • Program evaluation for the University.
  • Promotion of and support for educational research throughout the University.
  • Development of new training, certificate or degree programs in health professions education.
  • Skill acquisition and development of all faculty throughout the University.
  • Supervision of all functional leaders including the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center.
A start date of between January 2017 and summer 2017 is expected.
Desired Qualifications:
The successful candidate must have a doctoral degree in a health profession with experience in educational research or competency assessment, or a doctoral degree in education or related field with extensive educational administration and teaching experience in an academic health center.
  • Demonstrated expertise in competency assessment and program evaluation in a professional school for health education.
  • Extensive educational administration and teaching experience in the medical or health professions, as well as evidence of scholarship and innovation. 
  • The ability to work across all health professions to support specific schools, programs, and inter-professional education and collaboration.
  • Knowledge of health professions education literature and best practices, and accreditation criteria related to institutional evaluation, educational program evaluation and assessment.
  • Familiarity with the higher education policy and governance environment.
  • Skill in communicating with faculty educators and researchers at an academic health center.
  • Skill in leadership to set short and long range goals and to organize personnel to accomplish goals.
  • A track record of obtaining extramural funding for education research or innovative program development is highly desired.
About Oregon Health & Science University
From its modest start in 1887, OHSU has grown into a world class academic health center composed of five schools: Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health; two hospitals: OHSU Hospital and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital; 60 research centers and institutes; rural and regional campuses; numerous medical practices in the greater Portland area, and outreach clinics and partnerships with community hospitals throughout Oregon and in southwest Washington. The Portland VA Medical Center is connected to OHSU structurally by a sky bridge and functionally by shared staff, trainees, and research and educational opportunities. The University is the state's only comprehensive public academic health center and the only institution in Oregon that grants doctoral degrees in dentistry, medicine, nursing and health-focused engineering.
Today OHSU is a thriving institution that has seen enrollment increase by 20 percent over the last decade. OHSU offers undergraduate, graduate, and profession degrees and/or certificates in over 60 accredited education programs, several of them joint with other institutions. Of the nearly 3,000 students enrolled at OHSU in fall 2015, approximately 70% were graduate and professional students. OHSU has over 15,000 employees including nearly 3,000 faculty and also engages over 2,000 volunteer faculty at clinical sites throughout Oregon to help train its students in a community setting. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 OHSU’s revenues totaled approximately $2.5 billion with about 75% of revenue coming from clinical fees, 20% from grants, and less than 2% from state appropriations.
The University’s history and current activities demonstrate a deeply felt commitment to community service, improving the health and well-being of people in and around Oregon, and educating Oregon's healthcare providers of the future. OHSU cares for more than 258,000 patients annually through about 1,000,000 visits and is the primary resource in the region for many types of highly specialized or tertiary care cases. The University’s patient care services also include dozens of general and specialty clinics and diagnostic laboratories.
Educational Innovation at OHSU:
Over the past five years, OHSU has undergone structural and programmatic changes that have fostered innovation and growth across the University’s academic programs. State-of-the-art facilities have come online, dynamic leaders have been recruited and a multitude of major initiatives have transformed the University’s science and health professions educational programs. These exciting developments have put OHSU on a firm trajectory towards educational innovation and excellence. Examples of these recent developments include:
  • A commitment that all students graduating from OHSU attain competency in ten core areas necessary to function at a high level in interprofessional teams;
  • The opening of the Collaborative Life Sciences Building which houses a 20,000 square foot simulation center that provides an unparalleled opportunity to assess the performance of both individuals and teams;
  • The launch of the OHSU Campus for Rural Health which embraces the concept that the University has a 98,000 square mile campus encompassing all of Oregon;
  • The recognition of OHSU as an incubator site for the National Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice;
  • The receipt of numerous, high-profile educational grants focused on competency-based education and interprofessional education;
  • The selection of OHSU to participate in national pilots such as the Core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Entering Residency sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges;  
  • The initiation of curricular transformation in numerous graduate, professional and post-doctoral programs;
  • The establishment of a new School of Public Health focused on solving problems affecting underserved populations;
  • The development of a ground-breaking international partnership with several institutions in Southeast Asia; and
  • The creation of OHSU Partners which will enable the growth of OHSU’s health professions programs in Portland and beyond.
Location: Portland, OR
To view position profile:
Application Instructions:
While applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to apply by October 28, 2016. To apply online, go to and select this vacancy. Please submit a PDF version of your curriculum vitae and letter of interest upon application. All applications and nominations will be held in confidence.
For nominations or further information:
Stephanie Fowler
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: 530-677-9945
OHSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and seeks candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and a campus climate that supports equality, diversity and inclusion.
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