Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Success search

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February 12, 2024

Advisory Search Committee for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Success (AVC)

  • Cinnamon Hillyard, AVC & Dean Office of Student Academic Success, Chair
  • Christina Buckman, OE/HR Academic Business Partner
  • Jody Early, Professor
  • Heather Galindo, Associate Teaching Professor
  • Cheryl Gordon, Director of Strategic Initiative & Capacity Building
  • Deborah Hathaway, Director, Teaching & Learning
  • Allison Hintz, Associate Professor
  • Ceri Nishihara, Associated Teaching Professor
  • Cindy Shirley, Director, Office of Sponsored Research
  • Janelle Silva, Professor
  • Kathryn Rich, search committee logistical support

Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for agreeing to serve on the advisory search committee to identify and recommend candidates for the position of associate vice chancellor (AVC) to lead the Office of Faculty Success (OFS) at UW Bothell. This search is limited to internal UW Bothell campus candidates only. Dr. Cinnamon Hillyard, associate vice chancellor (AVC) for the Office of Student Success, will chair this superb committee.

Our goal is to have the AVC appointed on or close to July 1, 2024. We seek a collaborative leader who will advance a faculty success portfolio that catalyzes the strengths and aspirations of UW Bothell faculty (all ranks and tracks) as we continue to advance our vision to be a transformational learning community that advances student success and improves the quality of life throughout our region. The AVC will serve on the vice chancellor for academic affairs’ leadership council and the chancellor’s cabinet and support our campus commitments to community engagement, cross-disciplinarity, and connected learning.

As outlined in Executive Order 20, “the duty of the appointment committee is to search for suitable candidates, to study and determine their qualifications, and to obtain and evaluate all data.” Ms. Rich will not have a formal role in the search deliberations, though she will support the committee chair with logistics and will attend most meetings. I ask that you approach this process in a broadly inclusive manner that engages the campus community and seeks a pool of candidates that reflects UW Bothell’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

AG David Kerwin and Dr. Chad Allen will provide the committee with overviews about search committee confidentiality, document retention, and implicit bias training (meeting TBD). The expectation is that all committee members will participate in these sessions though Ms. Rich will record the meeting and share the recording with those who are unable to attend. Based on many listening sessions across the last 18 months, along with extensive benchmarking across other institutions, we developed a draft leadership profile. The committee will review this draft and provide feedback during winter quarter 2024 that will inform the final leadership profile that we will promote across our campus community. The committee will use the profile to develop an evaluation rubric that will apply throughout the search process. I ask that you advise me regarding a short list of candidates for first-round interviews (if needed depending on the number of applications) and up to three candidates to bring to campus for extended finalist visits with the broader community.

At each key milestone, I will confirm with the committee chair that the next step in the process may proceed. I expect a written summary (without ranking) of the strengths and weaknesses of the short-list candidates, and eventually the finalists, that represents the breadth of feedback and information gathered throughout the entirety of the search process. I also plan to meet with the search committee to receive that information verbally. At the end of the search process, I will gather reflections that will inform future leadership searches.

I will attend a portion of your kick-off meeting to discuss my priorities and expectations for the position and the search, and answer questions. Thank you very much for accepting this important assignment.


Sharon A. Jones, Ph.D., P.E.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Washington Bothell

cc: Chadwick Allen, Office for Faculty Advancement
David Kerwin, Division Chief, Attorney General’s Office
Felix Neals, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Organizational Excellence & HR