Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness

Associate Vice President for

Institutional Effectiveness



Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, a comprehensive, high-achieving, and nationally recognized university, currently delivers a personal and challenging academic experience to nearly 9,000 students (8,253 undergraduate and 671 graduate) in 57 undergraduate degree programs and 20 graduate programs, including doctorates in audiology and nursing practice. The university seeks a new Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness to carry out Bloomsburg University’s mission of preparing students for personal and professional success in an increasingly complex global environment.


In support of the university mission, the AVP provides leadership and guidance in the areas of institutional effectiveness, compliance, research, planning, accountability, accreditation, assessment, and data reporting. This position serves as a strategic partner to all vice presidents and their teams in creating an environment that promotes and supports using research and data analysis to guide decision-making and continuous institutional improvement.


The newly formed Office of Institutional Effectiveness encompasses the areas of Planning and Assessment and Institutional Research. BU’s Office of Planning and Assessment collaborates with the campus community to improve student learning and strengthen BU’s commitment to educational effectiveness, continuous reflection, and decision analytics. The functions of the Office of Institutional Research: serves as the official reporting entity for BU; supports strategic enrollment management, budget, planning, management, and accreditation activities to inform policy and decision-making at every level of the university; ensures consistency, uniformity, and integrity in data reporting using standard definitions to external and internal constituencies; maintains historical data for trend analysis.


The AVP’s responsibilities include providing leadership, direction, and supervision to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness; leading the development of a comprehensive integrated system of data collection, research, assessment, evaluation, and reporting that supports strategic,academic, and operational planning; ensuring access to accurate data for the timely submission of all required federal and state reports, including, but not limited to IPEDS; developing and coordinating college-wide systems of academic and service area program reviews; evaluating progress on key goals, working with academic department chairs and other faculty to assure academic quality, and supporting efforts to achieve effective programs and operations; serving as the institution’s Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO); being responsible for regional accreditation efforts, including reaffirmation, substantive change, and periodic reports, as well as providing monitoring, tracking, and support for specialized programmatic accreditations; serving as an administrative staff resource for college-wide assessment efforts in curriculum development and student learning outcomes; overseeing use of web-based systems and appropriate software to manage accreditation reports and supporting documentation; providing oversight for access to and appropriate, ongoing use of data in support of informing strategic initiatives and decisions. The AVP will utilize research and data-analysis to inform decision-making, academic/operational planning, and to support continuous improvement of strategic priorities and functions of the university.  


An earned Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning (preferably in assessment, measurement, educational research, social science research, program evaluation, educational administration, or a closely related field) is required. A doctorate is preferred. A minimum of five (5) years of experience in upper level management in higher education; oversight of programmatic assessment, methodology, educational research design, accountability issues, and student learning outcomes is required. Demonstrated ability to collaborate across units and to work with diverse populations and demonstrated outstanding interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills are required. Additional information on the institution, including Bloomsburg University’s mission statement, can be found at


How to Apply: A complete application includes a letter of application addressing required and preferred skills for the position, resume, and contact information for three professional references.  Submit applications materials online at Questions may be directed to Search and Screen Committee chair, Dr. Heather Feldhaus, For full consideration, application must be received by October 25, 2019. Position will remain open until filled. Finalists for the position must communicate well and successfully complete an interview process. Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and credential verification, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and criminal background.



Bloomsburg University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, or veteran status in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures and for inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulation, contact: Title IX Coordinator, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Warren Student Services Center, Elwell Hall 142, Bloomsburg, PA 17815; Phone: (570) 389-4808;  Additionally, inquiries concerning Title IX and its implementing regulation can be made to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Region III, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East - Suite 505, Philadelphia, PA 19107; Phone: (215) 656-6010; Fax: (215) 656-6020.  The University encourages applications from historically under-represented individuals, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities and is an AA/EOE employer.  Completing this search is contingent upon available funding.


Job# S220A-19-129