UCF Hiring VP for Equity, Inclusion & Diversity
Finalists Named And Set For Campus Open Forums
Four finalists for UCF’s inaugural Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity will visit campus and participate in open forums from Jan. 22-25.
Each candidate will give a presentation at an open forum held at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center in the grand ballroom. The new vice president will lead and organize an infrastructure to foster community engagement, develop partnerships to bring about transformative change and identify and support target areas to maximize inclusive excellence at UCF. The vice president will develop an institutional framework for equity, inclusion and diversity that supports the university’s mission and strategic plan, ensuring the pillars of equity, inclusion and diversity are embedded at all levels.
More information on the finalists – including forum times and links for web casts, candidate details and forum feedback – can be found below. Your feedback is important to this process. Surveys should be completed within 24 hours of each forum.
Dr. Gregory J. Vincent
Forum: Tuesday, January 22, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sheree M. Ohen
Forum: Wednesday, January 23, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Dr. Carlos Medina
Forum: Thursday, January 24, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Forum: Friday, January 25, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
About the Job
The University of Central Florida (UCF) is seeking its inaugural Vice President of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity for one of the largest and best universities in the nation. The vice president will lead and organize an infrastructure to facilitate and encourage community engagement, develop partnerships to bring about transformative change and identify and support target areas to maximize inclusive excellence at UCF. They will develop an institutional framework for equity, inclusion, and diversity that supports the university’s mission and strategic plan, ensuring the pillars of equity, inclusion, and diversity are embedded at all levels.
With more than 68,000 students, UCF is one of largest universities in the United States. No public university in the U.S. confers more degrees annually. UCF is big because we believe in access and opportunity. We are big because we believe lifting the lives and livelihoods of more people results in a stronger community and a stronger society. Our strategic plan distills our approach to a simple formula: SCALE × EXCELLENCE = IMPACT.
UCF holds the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation in two categories: community engagement and very high research activity. Kiplinger ranks us a national best-value university. At UCF, 44 percent of students graduate without any educational debt. Nationally, 34 percent of students graduate debt-free.
UCF and its 13 colleges offer 216 degrees from UCF’s main campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus, online and through our 10 regional locations. The university offers 95 bachelor’s and 87 master’s degrees, 28 research doctorates, three professional doctorates and three specialist degree programs. UCF’s fully online programs include bachelor’s degrees, graduate degrees, graduate certificates and more.
Essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following:
The vice president for equity, inclusion, and diversity provides strategic leadership and engagement on equity, inclusion, and diversity opportunities and challenges at UCF. The vice president reports directly to the president and works closely with UCF’s academic and administrative units and external partners to ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion goals are met. The vice president represents the president in developing and implementing plans, in partnership with university colleagues, to ensure Collective Impact metrics for equity, inclusion, and diversity are met. The vice president will serve as a resource for the entire campus community encouraging conversations and initiatives for faculty, staff, and students.
The vice president will work with senior university leadership, students, staff, faculty, and key stakeholders to define, assess, and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. They will promote dialogue and action about the complex issues involved in creating and maintaining an equitable, inclusive, and diverse campus. The vice president will represent the university in local, state, and national leadership roles on boards, committees, and task forces related to this work.
The vice president will partner with Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions in recruitment and enrollment management; Financial Aid; Faculty Excellence; and diversity hiring, retention and employee recognition initiatives in Human Resources and across the colleges.
Provides leadership support to the Office of Institutional Equity, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Academic and Support Services, campus initiatives related to the transition to a minority-majority institution and a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, student services in Social Justice and Advocacy, and other offices to be determined. The office will share a position/funding with the Communications and Marketing division.
Strategic Campus Partnerships:
- Faculty Excellence
- Faculty and staff with scholarship and expertise in areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion
- Academic programs specific to cultural diversity (e.g., Women’s and Gender Studies, Africana Studies)
- UCF Global and Global UCF
- Community Relations
- Partnerships and Innovation
- Student Development and Enrollment Services
- UCF Connect
- Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
- College of Graduate Studies
- Alumni and Foundation Relations
- Human Resources
A faculty appointment may be available to the individual possessing appropriate qualifications and credentials.
Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and eight years of appropriate experience, at least five of which were progressively responsible in equity, diversity and inclusion efforts; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and ten years of appropriate experience, at least five of which were progressively responsible in equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.
- Demonstrated ability to build and lead effective, diverse management teams
- Experience in hiring and budget management
- Knowledge of historical and contemporary issues and trends in law, regulation, and policy related to equity and inclusion (i.e., Title IX, Title VI, EEO, ADA)
- Superior communication, interpersonal and conflict management skills
- Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree
- Record of teaching, research, and public service in the area of equity, inclusion, and diversity
- Demonstrated success leading large-scale change in a complex, decentralized, organizational environment with a record of strengthening equity, inclusion, and diversity
- Demonstrated cultural competencies, including strong emotional intelligence, ability to engage and build relationships with university constituencies and underrepresented communities.
- Knowledge of how varied forms of institutional data can be leveraged to benchmark and track accountability for the university’s equity, diversity, and inclusion mission
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting the University of Central Florida with this search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Priority date of application submission for best consideration is November 23, 2018.
Dr. Malcolm Butler, Professor, College of Community Innovation and Education
Dr. Jennifer Sandoval, Associate Professor, Nicholson School of Communication and Media
Ashley Stewart, Student Government Association, Director of Empathy & Equity
Dr. Boyd Lindsley, Senior Associate Director, Nicholson School of Communication and Media
Dr. Candice Bridge, Assistant Professor, College of Sciences
Dr. Cyndia Muniz, President, Latino Faculty and Staff Association
Dr. Eric Wood, Deputy Director of UCF Athletics
Dr. Fernando Rivera, Associate Professor, College of Sciences
Dr. Germayne Graham, Associate Director, LEAD Scholars Academy
Dr. Gordon Chavis, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Juan Lugo, Project Coordinator, Undergraduate Studies
Karen Morrison, Chief Diversity Officer
Kensington Shields-Dutton, President, Black Faculty & Staff Association
Detective Matt Scott, UCF Police Department
Linh Dang, UCF Alumnae
Nancy Myers, Director, Office of Institutional Equity
Dr. Richard Lapchick, Eminent Scholar, Endowed Chair & Director, DeVos Sport Business Management
Dr. Sheila Gutierrez de Pineres, Dean, Burnette Honors College
Click here to view the UCF Vice President Prospectus.