Oregon Tech strongly recognizes and believes that a diverse and inclusive academic environment fosters mutual understanding, interpersonal and individual respect, cultural awareness, harmony, and creativity, while providing necessary role models for all students. Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive university requires that no person experience discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification and expression or any other protected personal characteristic. We encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who actively demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
More information can be found at: https://www.oit.edu/docs/default-source/human-resources-documents/statement-on-diversity.pdf
Opportunity and Summary of Position
Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) seeks an experienced, innovative, and collaborative academic leader to serve as its next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost).
Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Tech is the premier public polytechnic institution in the Pacific Northwest. With a combined enrollment of about 5,300 students, Oregon Tech’s philosophy of hands-on education for real-world achievement provides students with a rigorous, professional practice university experience. Oregon Tech’s curriculum blends theory and practice and is reinforced in the classroom by instructors with relevant academic, business, industrial, or clinical experience. While Oregon Tech is best known for its traditional engineering, healthcare, and technological core, a broader range of in-demand bachelor’s and master’s degrees prepares students for an ever-changing economy.
Oregon Tech has locations across the Pacific Northwest. In Oregon, this includes its traditional, residential and largest campus in Klamath Falls in scenic southern Oregon, an urban campus in the Portland Metro area (Portland-Metro campus located in Wilsonville); an Online Campus offering a growing number of completion and full degree programs; a program site offering a B.S. in dental hygiene in Oregon's Capital of Salem (co-located with a community college); and in Washington state, Oregon Tech offers degrees to employees of the Boeing Company at sites in the Seattle/Puget Sound area.
Oregon Tech’s curriculum is focused on applied technologies, engineering, health professions, applied social sciences, communication, and business. Faculty members and instructors teach theory and application of that theory through labs and centers of research, practice, and service. Oregon Tech offers a student-centered learning atmosphere where faculty take great pride and ownership in teaching their classes and labs with great dedication, mentoring and advising students, and providing guidance on research, internships and externships.
The Provost serves as the chief academic officer of Oregon Tech, responsible to the president for all academic activities and supporting resources related to curriculum, teaching, scholarship, outreach, planning, and fiscal management across all of its campuses. The incoming Provost will work closely with President Nagi Naganathan who has articulated a strong vision for Oregon Tech to be a globally recognized polytechnic with a clear reputation as ‘industry’s university’. The Provost will establish and implement an academic vision, provide oversight, leadership, and support to the dean of the college of Engineering, Technology and Management and the dean of the college of Health, Arts and Sciences, work in close coordination with the vice presidents and other executive staff, and manage an academic budget of about $37 million. The Provost should be a transparent and collaborative leader with a deep understanding of the academic underpinnings of a polytechnic education. The Provost is also responsible for managing the operations of the university in the absence of the president.
Oregon Tech: An Overview
As the Pacific Northwest’s premier public institute of technology, Oregon Tech gives students rigorous, applied learning opportunities, thus preparing graduates for in-demand careers. Oregon Tech partners with industry in diverse ways to ensure programs and classes are of the highest quality, to expose students to new technologies, and to prepare them for evolving workforce demands.
Oregon Tech’s programs graduate more than 750 career-ready professionals for industry every year in the areas of engineering, technology, healthcare, business, communication, and applied sciences. The real-world focus of the programs gives Oregon Tech students a competitive edge as they join the workforce, with 97 percent of the graduates either employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months after graduation. Year after year, Oregon Tech baccalaureate graduates earn excellent average starting salaries in the range of $58,000 per year, often cited as the highest in the state. Such results are in large part due to the dedication of Oregon Tech’s faculty who provide personalized attention and specialized learning opportunities and are genuinely invested in their students’ learning. Oregon Tech students have numerous opportunities to apply what they learn in lab-based classes, clinics, internships, co-ops, externships, and workplaces, ensuring they are ready to excel on day one in the workplace. Class sizes are small and are taught by faculty, creating an intimate environment for active learning.
Oregon Tech offers innovative and rigorous applied degree programs in the areas of engineering, engineering technologies, health technologies, management, and the arts and sciences. To foster student and graduate success, the university provides an intimate, hands-on learning environment, focusing on application of theory to practice. Oregon Tech offers statewide educational opportunities for the emerging needs of Oregonians and provides information and technical expertise to state, national, and international constituents.
Oregon Tech has evolved successfully through several stages since its beginning in 1947 – first, as a vocational rehabilitation school for World War II veterans known as Oregon Vocational School; then as a regionally-accredited institution, known as Oregon Technical Institute, offering associate degree programs; and finally as a baccalaureate and master’s degree granting university under its current name, Oregon Institute of Technology. Effective July 1, 2015, Oregon Tech became a separate legal entity from the Oregon University System and now operates under its own Board of Trustees as one of seven public universities in the State of Oregon.
For more than 70 years, Oregon Tech has focused on changing the lives of Oregonians by preparing them to meet the technical and organizational needs of business, industry and healthcare agencies, and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Individual programs are also accredited by their respective professional organizations, such as ABET for the engineering programs. Today, Oregon Tech offers more than 40 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in engineering, health technologies, business, communication, and the applied sciences. These include complete bachelor’s degree and degree-completion programs offered online; and over 20 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs that can be entirely completed at the Portland-Metro Campus in Wilsonville, including Oregon’s only baccalaureate degree programs in Medical Laboratory Science and Emergency Medical Service Management, which is offered in partnership with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Oregon Tech also offers a limited number of certificate programs, and a limited number of associate degree programs, such as the Paramedic program, which is also offered in partnership with OHSU’s Emergency Medicine Department.
Graduate degree programs are growing in number and enrollment at Oregon Tech. Currently seven programs provide students with opportunities for advanced study in various disciplines. Graduates develop the competence required for leadership roles in professional fields. Graduate education at Oregon Tech maintains an applied focus, with a mission to integrate theory and practice.
For a listing of degree programs, please visit: https://www.oit.edu/academics/all
Oregon Tech Campuses
Oregon Tech programs are offered on multiple campuses. The geographically dispersed campuses provide benefits of expanded access and choice to Oregon Tech students and special recruitment and program innovation opportunities for the university. Oregon Tech’s traditional residential campus is located in Klamath Falls in Southern Oregon with an urban campus (Portland-Metro campus) in Wilsonville just south of the city of Portland and satellite programs in Salem, Oregon as well as at Boeing in the Seattle-Puget-Sound area of the state of Washington.
Klamath Falls Campus
Klamath Falls, Oregon is home to Oregon Tech’s traditional residential campus. The 190-acre campus offers spectacular views of Upper Klamath Lake, pine-studded knolls and snow-capped peaks from nearly every building.
In summer 2019, Oregon Tech will break ground for the new Center of Excellence in Engineering and Technology (CEET) in Klamath Falls. This 68,000 square-foot facility will feature a makerspace and other active learning facilities as well as state of the art instructional technology and meeting spaces to elevate the level of excellence of Oregon Tech’s engineering, technology, other interdisciplinary programs, and collaborations with industry.
Also, underway is the renovation of the Cornett Engineering building on the Klamath Falls campus. Phase One is completed, with new labs, classrooms and collaborative work spaces; and Phase Two will be fully complete in late 2019. Together, the CEET and Cornett will form an Engineering and Technology complex that will enable Oregon Tech to attract more students in these fields and continue to advance the quality of this innovation ecosystem that is educating the next generation of engineering and technology professionals.
Portland-Metro Campus (in Wilsonville, Oregon)
Oregon Tech’s presence in the Portland-Metro area has expanded more than 40 percent since 2012 with the opening of its Portland-Metro Campus in Wilsonville. The campus created new opportunities for students at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, and new opportunities for industry to tap into high quality local talent. Oregon Tech Portland-Metro faculty commonly partner with industry and the community to bring applied research into their educational programs.
Facilities at Oregon Tech Portland-Metro enable faculty to nurture project-based learning environments. Student work with onsite power grids, solar cells, state of the art computer servers, and 3-D printers built by students, an optics lab where students design complex laser devices, and a Cyber Defense Center that will support the Cybersecurity degree that will launch in 2020.
Oregon Tech Seattle (Boeing Program)
Oregon Tech’s relationship with Boeing in the state of Washington began more than 20 years ago when the company sought a university partner to provide accredited engineering degrees for its employees on site. This partnership has worked well for Boeing and for Oregon Tech. Designed to meet specific Boeing needs, Oregon Tech Seattle offers Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Manufacturing Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology; as well as review classes for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ CMfgT and CMfgE exams and a Certificate of Completion in Composites. Currently, there are approximately 100 students at the Boeing site, with capacity to expand.
Oregon Tech Salem (Dental Hygiene Program)
Oregon Tech Salem offers the professional dental hygiene program in Salem (45 minutes south of Portland). The program is the result of a unique partnership between Oregon Tech and Chemeketa Community College. Classes are housed in Health & Science Building of the Chemeketa Community College. Students learn and practice dental hygiene skills in the campus-based clinic where they see and treat patients and earn a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene.
Oregon Tech Online
Oregon Tech Online is proud of its diverse national student body, and a growing international community on its campuses, sites, and online. The Online student body has doubled in size over the last few years, moving from a service department towards a fully functioning virtual campus. Currently, our online students can enroll in multiple STEM&M-oriented programs, three master’s degrees, 13 bachelor’s degrees, two associate degrees, and various programs that offer certificates in high-demand career fields like medical imaging, healthcare management, dental hygiene, respiratory care, applied psychology, and information technology. As Oregon Tech’s online portfolio expands, so does its unique culture of innovation with lab-intensive online offerings, development of industry-specific digital badges and stackable micro-credentials, and growing focus on course quality and implementation of educational technology suited to meet the needs of Oregon Tech’s students and faculty.
Oregon Tech Online is actively researching several educational initiatives for implementation including competency-based education (CBE), remote synchronous delivery models across campuses, and reviewing the current workload and compensation for online teaching.
Applied Research and Practice Centers of Excellence
Oregon Tech is proud to be the host university for the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D), located outside the city of Portland in Scappoose, Oregon (www.omic.us). OMIC R&D is an industry-university collaboration with Boeing and 21 other industry partners, as well as Oregon Tech, Portland State University, Oregon State University, and Portland Community College. The consortium is supported by state, federal, and industry investments.
Other applied research centers at Oregon Tech include the Oregon Renewable Energy Center, the Cyber Defense Center, the Population Health Management Research Center, and the Applied Behavior Analysis (Behavioral Improvement Group) Clinic.
Oregon Tech partners with high schools across the state of Oregon through the Advanced Credit Programs (ACP) and High School Transition (HST) to teach Oregon Tech classes to high school students both on and off campus. Student are awarded high school and college credits upon the successful completion of courses. These students also serve as a pipeline of potential undergraduate students for Oregon Tech. Oregon Tech also works closely with K-12 schools through its hosting of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership to reach Oregon’s educational goals of increasing access, excitement, and engagement in STEM courses, learning and careers.
As described above, Oregon Tech also collaborates with Oregon Health & Science University, the State’s Academic Health Center in Portland, Oregon, to deliver two current degrees. This academic partnership also plans to deliver a new degree, the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT).
Student and Campus Life
Campus Life supports the meaningful growth and development of Oregon Tech students throughout their university experience. Through active partnerships with students, opportunities are created for the demonstration of project-based learning, self-discovery, leadership, teamwork, diversity, community service, and social justice in an environment that is rewarding, energetic, and fun. The goal is to inspire students to discover their unique place in the world.
Oregon Tech is a dynamic campus community. A uniquely engaging living and learning environment, where students not only get an education, they get involved on campus. Oregon Tech offers a full array of campus activities and events such as concerts and comedians, intercollegiate, intramural, and club sports and more than 40 student clubs, many of them related to the students’ academic work, such as the Inventor’s Club, 3-D Printing Club, etc.
Along with the active community on campus, students enjoy the inviting community of Klamath Falls and access to many outdoor activities. The setting of the Portland-Metro campus provides close proximity to the Portland metro area and the benefits of urban living. The Portland-Metro campus is a non-residential campus with a relatively new student government that is establishing campus activities and clubs unique to the campus.
The mission of the Oregon Tech Athletic Department is to facilitate growth and development of its student-athletes by providing a broad-based athletic program that creates educational opportunities through the medium of competition at the collegiate level. The department also provides personal health and fitness opportunities to the campus community through its Tech-Fit facilities (in Klamath Falls).
The Oregon Tech Athletic department prepares student-athletes for professional and personal success by learning the values of integrity and excellence on the court, field, and in the classroom. Oregon Tech sponsors six varsity men’s and seven varsity women’s teams that compete in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, as well as regionally and nationally in the NAIA.
Oregon Tech's student athletes are just that - students and athletes - with overall GPAs well above 3.0 and records of achievement in NAIA Division II, including three men's basketball championships (2004, 2008, and 2012), a women’s softball championship in 2011, and women’s cross-country championship in 2018. New athletics facilities have recently been built, including a new soccer field, new softball field and facilities, and renovation of the gymnasium.
Points of Pride
As an institution, Oregon Tech is proud of its accomplishments and recognition in the following areas:
- Oregon Tech secured the #2 spot among best public colleges in the Western Region and moved in the ranking of Best Western Regional Colleges to #5 in the 2019 “Best Colleges” edition of US News & World Report.
- With a student-to-faculty ratio of less than 20:1, Oregon Tech provides a personalized learning experience that prepares students for the workforce in high-demand fields.
- In U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 rankings of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the nation, a list that ranks all undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET at non-PhD-granting universities, Oregon Tech rose to No. 35.
- Oregon Tech’s Online program ranked #1 Best Online College in Oregon.
- Many of Oregon Tech’s courses and programs are offered online. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Oregon Tech’s program 7th in the nation for accessibility for blind and visually impaired students.
- Oregon Tech’s Online Bachelor of Science degree completion programs enable registered professionals to earn a B.S. in their current field. Oregon Tech is one among a select few universities in the country, and the only school in the Pacific Northwest, offering web-based Bachelor of Science degree-completion programs in high-demand health technologies.
- Oregon Tech graduates enjoy an outstanding success rate, with 97% either employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months after graduation.
- Payscale.com noted that Oregon Tech has the highest starting salaries and the highest mid-career salaries of any university in Oregon. It ranked best return on investment in the Pacific Northwest and as #18 for student ROI in the nation.
- SmartAsset included research by the National Center for Educational Statistics, PayScale, The Institute for College Access & Success, and College InSight to also place Oregon Tech as the Best Value College in Oregon.
- Oregon Tech is counted among Military Advanced Education’s “Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities,” and US Veterans Magazine’s “Top Veteran-Friendly Schools.
- All of Oregon Tech’s engineering programs are accredited by the EAC of ABET.
- Oregon Tech is home of the nation’s first undergraduate degree in renewable energy engineering.
- The Oregon Renewable Energy Center (OREC) was established in 2001 at Oregon Tech. OREC promotes energy conservation and renewable energy use in Oregon and throughout the Northwest through applied research, educational programs, and practical information.
- Oregon Tech’s Klamath Falls campus was an early adopter of renewable energy use, having begun to heat the campus with geothermal water in the 1960’s. Oregon Tech will also be the first university anywhere that will use on-site geothermal- and solar- combined energy sources that will allow it to eventually meet 100% of the university’s energy needs (and donating excess back to the power grid for low-income users). With nine acres of solar panels and a geothermal power plant on site, Oregon Tech offers a live demonstration site that enriches its renewable energy engineering and environmental science degree programs as well as its on-site Oregon Renewable Energy Center of Excellence. The Klamath Falls campus is a beautiful and environmentally rich setting for some of the Northwest's newest educational facilities utilizing green-building and green, clean energy practices.
- Former men’s basketball coach Danny Miles completed his 45th and last season at Oregon Tech in 2016. Miles ranks fourth in wins among all college basketball coaches in history. Miles was inducted in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November 2018.
- Oregon Tech provides invaluable cultural experiences for students in their academic fields by offering exciting opportunities in international environments. The Oregon Tech student chapter of Engineers Without Borders has designed and implemented sustainable engineering projects such as their Tanzania Clean Water Project. As part of the International Externship Program, Oregon Tech dental hygiene students travel to destinations such as Honduras to provide dental care. These experiences, combined with the international students enrolled at Oregon Tech, expose students to other cultures that can benefit their future careers and beyond.
Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership
Establish and Communicate an Academic Vision
This is an exciting time at Oregon Tech as the Board of Trustees has charged President Naganathan to develop and execute a new strategic plan and a university facilities master plan. The incoming Provost along with the leadership team will play an important role in partnering with Oregon Tech’s President to leverage current centers of excellence to be future portals of success. Current potential thematic opportunities include implementing the new vision of being industry’s university; establishing a collective bargaining agreement with the newly unionized faculty; collaborating with medical providers and educational institutions to meet rural healthcare needs; realizing growth opportunities at the Portland-Metro and the Klamath Falls campuses; promoting distributed technology education throughout the region; expanding STEM hubs and pathways with K-12 and community college partners; fostering applied research and innovation initiatives that enhance student learning opportunities; developing new pedagogy for the future of polytechnic education, and supporting economic development; adopting effective enrollment management processes; expanding international student recruitment opportunities; and updating and improving current facilities across the university’s campuses and sites.
Lead the Academic Affairs Division
The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the University and supports the faculty and academic programs of Oregon Tech. The Associate Provost for Research and Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Health, Arts and Sciences, Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Management, University Librarian, Director of Academic Excellence, Registrar, and Director of Institutional Research report to the Provost. The Associate Vice President of Strategic Enrollment Management who also serves as the Dean of the Online Programs works closely with the Provost and the Provost’s leadership team.
Manage and Grow Resources
Public funding for higher education has declined in Oregon over the past several years, as it has in many other states. To its credit, Oregon Tech has prudently managed its resources and is in a sound financial position. By effectively managing assets, Oregon Tech is in a position to expand programs at all campus locations, including Klamath Falls, Portland-Metro, Seattle, and Oregon Tech Online. The incoming Provost will be responsible for working closely with the president to manage and grow resources for the future.
Furthermore, opportunities exist to significantly increase fundraising revenue, lobby the state for additional resources, expand grant and sponsored projects, and develop public-private partnerships with local, regional, and statewide business and industry. For example, the Oregon Renewable Energy Center (OREC) promotes energy conservation and renewable energy use in Oregon through applied research and education programs, presenting a unique opportunity for industry partnerships and fundraising. Oregon Tech has also funded a Population Health Management Research Center where students work out of a downtown Klamath Falls collaborative maker-space conducting research studies for community clients in interdisciplinary teams, backed by interdisciplinary faculty. The Center has attracted collaborative grant funding and contract revenue toward student led projects. The new Behavioral Improvement Group clinic in Klamath Falls – staffed by Oregon Tech faculty and students-in-practice – provides therapy and services for children diagnosed within the autism spectrum or with feeding disorders among other areas, the only such services in a 75-mile radius of Klamath Falls. Oregon Tech undergraduate and graduate students work directly with faculty researchers and industry at OMIC R&D on real-time applied research problem sets provided by Center industry members. Another notable partnership opportunity exists with the joint Rural Health venture between the Sky Lakes Medical Center and the Oregon Health & Science University. These are just a few examples demonstrating the potential for partnerships and growth at Oregon Tech.
Embrace Shared Governance
Oregon Tech operates under the institutional philosophy of shared governance characterized by open and responsible communication, fair treatment of individuals, and participatory processes, whereby faculty, staff, and administration have the responsibility to speak and the right to be heard without prejudice, and faculty and staff members, and students have an opportunity to participate in the decision-making process. Such a governance philosophy creates a climate in which unity of purpose can be forged so that all members of the university are encouraged and supported in their contributions to the mission of Oregon Tech.
Build Cohesion across Multi-Campus Sites and Programs
Oregon Tech’s traditional residential campus is located in Klamath Falls in Southern Oregon with an urban campus (Portland-Metro campus) in Wilsonville just south of the city of Portland and satellite programs in Salem as well as at Boeing in the Puget-Sound area. Oregon Tech’s unique program offerings thus reach throughout the state and beyond. The next Provost should embrace the strength of Oregon Tech’s multi-campus sites footprint and build processes and structures for fully and efficiently integrating the Klamath Falls and Portland-Metro campuses and other sites across the region.
Personal Experiences and Qualities
Candidates should show capability in and a strong commitment to:
- Promote academic excellence and cultivate program innovation across all programs.
- Lead academic colleges in collaboration with the university senior leadership to create an environment to meet the university’s mission and achieve its vision and goals, within the context of the changing landscape of higher education and student needs.
- Lead execution of university’s strategic plans to be a global polytechnic of choice for students and industry.
- Lead development of and promote collaborative engagement of faculty in university’s assessment and accreditation processes to systematically improve the quality of university’s academic programs.
- Demonstrate strong operational capabilities including allocating resources strategically to advance the university’s vision, goals and mission.
- Form and strengthen collaborative relationships with internal and external constituents, including Faculty Senate, Executive Leadership, the Board of Trustees, industry, academic partners, and the Oregon legislature.
- Represent and advocate for Oregon Tech’s academic strategy with the Board of Trustees, the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission, the Provost Council of Oregon’s seven public universities, and other opportunity-driven industry and community academic partnerships.
- Collaborate across university functional areas to create new and build on existing internal partnerships, programs and initiatives, including non-major and general education studies, that strengthen academic programs, extend Oregon Tech reputational capital, and unite the campuses and sites as “one university.”
- Lead the continued development of pedagogical and instructional technology enhancements toward developing a seamless learning environment across geographically dispersed campuses.
It is required that the next Provost possesses a Ph.D. or equivalent in one of the academic disciplines offered by Oregon Tech. In addition, it is preferred the Provost possesses:
- Ten years of progressive and strong academic administration experience, including program development, budgeting, and personnel management.
- Experience in leading health, engineering, and related technology programs.
- A proven history of academic leadership, scholarship, commitment to diversity, and a demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with all stakeholders.
Campus Location of Provost: Klamath Falls, Oregon
The office of the Provost will be on the main campus in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Klamath Falls is nestled on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains. The 190-acre campus offers spectacular views of Upper Klamath Lake, pine-studded knolls and snow-capped peaks from nearly every building. A city of about 20,000 residents (45,000 in the urban growth area), it is in south-central Oregon, about 20 miles from the California border. Known as Oregon’s “City of Sunshine,” Klamath Falls enjoys about 300 days of blue skies each year. Klamath Falls offers nearby a variety of outdoor adventuring opportunities, including biking, hiking, birding, boating, fishing, golfing, and hunting. About 40 miles to the north is Crater Lake National Park and its internationally renowned tourist attraction, Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the United States and the seventh deepest lake in the world.
Procedure for Candidacy
Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by April 10, 2019. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, and the names and contact information of five references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Inquiries and application materials should be directed to:
Jacob Anderson, Principal
Parker Executive Search
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