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Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Position Type:

  • Full Time
  • Staff


  • OH-Columbus

The President of Franklin University invites nominations and applications for the position of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Franklin University is seeking an energetic Sr. VP for Academic Affairs to lead a healthy and innovative institution with ambitious plans for growth and a strong entrepreneurial culture

Franklin University is an accredited nonprofit private university in Columbus, Ohio. Franklin also operates a residential branch campus, Urbana University. The University serves about 6000 undergraduates, 1700 master’s students and 300 doctoral students in both face-to-face and online formats.  There are four academic colleges led by Deans, along with a Dean of Doctoral Studies.  Instruction is provided by 80 full time and about 800 part time faculty.  The University also operates the International Institute for Innovative Instruction, which designs all Franklin courses and also provides contract services to external partners.

The SVPAA’s most important responsibility is the preservation and enhancement of academic quality and student learning.  The successful candidate will have the following experience, knowledge and qualities:

  • College level teaching experience, preferably in both face-to-face and online formats.
  • A demonstrated understanding of instructional design principles, of modern methods for the assessment of student learning, of learning management systems, and oversight of full and part time faculty.
  • Significant leadership experience, preferably in institutions that include both face-to-face and online modalities, multiple campus locations and a mature student demographic.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of new academic programs and in the assessment, refinement and winnowing of existing academic programs.
  • Financial and business acumen sufficient to engage constructively in a fast-moving and entrepreneurial organizational climate.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage constructively with external stakeholders.
  • An earned doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution.

This position provides a highly competitive base salary, an outstanding benefits package and a performance-based financial incentive plan with a semi-annual cash payout.

Applicants should provide a letter of interest and a full CV.  Materials should be submitted electronically in confidence to Leah Neidhart, Director of Recruiting at Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.  Start date is negotiable. 

About Franklin University

Founded in 1902, Franklin University has built its reputation on removing barriers to higher education for ambitious adults who must balance their educational goals with other commitments. Accredited and nonprofit, Franklin has earned its long-standing reputation as an innovator in online education. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work.

Franklin offers a competitive benefits package, incentive program and free parking. In addition, Franklin provides free undergraduate tuition for employees and immediate family members, graduate tuition assistance for full-time employees and immediate family members, and a discount on doctoral tuition for employees.

Franklin University is committed to creating a respectful and inclusive educational and workplace environment. Franklin does not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, disability, or veteran or military status.