Finalists, sessions announced for Associate Provost position

The Office of the Provost invites interested faculty, staff, students and community members to a pair of public presentations next week involving candidates for the position of Associate Provost for Outreach and Adult Access.

The presentations and Q&A’s are as follows:
• Monday (Dec. 7), Steve VandenAvond, 11 a.m. to noon in MAC Hall 137;
• Tuesday (Dec. 8), Jim Onderdonk, 11 a.m. to noon in MAC Hall 137.

Information on the candidates: VandenAvond

Steve VandenAvond is associate dean of Arts and Sciences at Silver Lake College, serving as one of the college’s chief academic and administrative officers.  Since joining Silver Lake in 2000 he has immersed himself in adult learning theory and practice, and applies these theories to his teaching as well as program development and assessment. He successfully led the campus accreditation self-study in 2005-07.  His current research interests include computer-application tutoring of adult learners; intergenerational learning groups for traditional and adult learners; and the use of program evaluation as a teaching tool.  VandenAvond served previously as director of the psychology program in the Education Department at Michigan Tech University, teaching courses in the cognitive learning sciences.  A Green Bay native, he is active in the community and holds elected office as Allouez Village president.  He holds B.A. in psychology from Marquette University, an M.A. in developmental psychology from Illinois State University, and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Loyola University-Chicago.

Information on the candidates: Onderdonk

Jim Onderdonk is associate director for Education and Outreach with the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (I-CHASS.)  The institute, hosted by the University of Illinois, has a mission to foster innovation in research, teaching and outreach by engaging humanists, artists, and social scientists in sustained collaboration with colleagues in computer science, engineering, and high-performance computing and communications.  Onderdonk also serves as head of Conferences and Institutes (C&I), one of the divisions in the Office of Continuing Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has worked since 1997.  He has broad scholarly interests including civil war history, cyber infrastructure in the humanities, and blended learning to enhance adult education. He has taught courses in the history of higher education and the finance of higher education on-line since 2003 for Capella University. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, he worked in federal civil service for the Department of the Navy, managing educational programs (including early computer based college courses) for naval personnel stationed aboard ships and submarines of the Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, Val, and in the United Kingdom.  He holds a B.A. in history from the College of William and Mary, and a master’s in education and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Old Dominion University.

For more background on each candidate’s qualifications and their visit itineraries, visit the OAA search website at

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