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Distance Education Liaison

Position Information

WORKING TITLE: Distance Education Liaison
UW SYSTEM OFFICIAL TITLE: Academic Program Specialist
POSTING DATE:  May 9, 2023

Essential Job Functions

This position reports to the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and supports the distance education and online learning innovation in each of the four Colleges by sharing best practices and connecting colleagues to the appropriate resources. The Liaison works to enhance student access and success, and promotes high-quality online learning. The Liaison works with the academic Deans to advance their initiatives in online and distance education, and facilitates collaboration with a number of divisions and offices, including the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL), Enrollment Services, University Inclusivity and Student Affairs, Information Technology, and Institutional Strategy and Effectiveness to ensure the University's distance education goals are achieved and the needs of our online students are met. The Liaison is responsible for maintaining the institution's federal, state, and accreditation standards and compliance with regard to online and distance education. 

What You'll Do

This position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, update, and review the University’s strategic and operational online and distance education plans and policies.
  • In consultation with the Office of Institutional Strategy and Effectiveness, prepare reports about online and distance education.
  • Advise appropriate departments and offices on federal, state, and accreditation standards and ensure that compliance with regard to online and distance education is maintained.
  • Foster a sense of mission and teamwork throughout the University’s online learning community.
  • Support development of innovative online learning curricula and services that enhance student access and success.
  • Serve as a resource for the Division of Information Technology on matters pertaining to technical support services and maintaining adequate technological infrastructure to promote current best practices in online learning functionality and delivery.
  • Remain current regarding issues and trends affecting online and distance learning in higher education, and discern how these issues and trends can be adapted to benefit the University.


  • Bachelor's Degree at time of application
  • Demonstrable organizational and planning experience
  • Knowledge of current best practices in online education, including assessment and program development
  • Strong commitment to student success, especially in an online learning environment
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Experience using a variety of online and/or distance education modes and technologies to support a variety of learners
  • Experience with Canvas
  • Two years of experience working in an online and/or distance education environment
  • Knowledge of and skill using appropriate data analytical tools to develop and track benchmarks

The Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will be expected to work inclusively and respectfully within a diverse campus community and practice civility in the workplace.  The University welcomes applicants who are dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of inclusivity and equity as crucial components in the pursuit of organizational excellence.

In addition, the successful candidate will have strong oral, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills, demonstrated integrity and strong leadership, and the willingness to work independently and as part of a collaborative team. The University invites applicants who are dedicated to enriching the quality of life for students and the community by embracing the educational value of diversity, promoting environmental sustainability, encouraging engaged citizenship, and serving as an intellectual, cultural, and economic resource.

Conditions of Appointment

Position is a full-time Academic Staff appointment.  This position may have the option to work on-campus or a hybrid schedule subject to approved telecommuting request.  Official transcripts of the highest degree achieved will be required of finalist(s). A criminal conviction investigation will be conducted on the finalist(s). In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.

Compensation and Benefits

Minimum salary of $60,000.

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Benefit Details

The UW System provides an excellent benefits package to meet the diverse needs of its employees. This includes several health insurance options, with annual deductibles as low as $250/individual and $500/family. Our benefits package also includes dental, vision, several life insurance options, AD&D and Accident insurance and Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts. We participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), where employer contributions begin immediately and employees are fully vested after 5 years of service. The UW System also provides supplemental retirement savings programs including a 403(b) and Deferred Compensation.

In addition, employees receive several types of paid leave benefits, which are prorated for employees working less than 100%. This includes 9 legal holidays, 36 hours of personal holiday and between 96-130 hours of sick leave annually. Employees earn 13-27 days of vacation each year, depending on years of service and employment type.

For more details, please review the benefit quick guide linked below.


STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)
Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: From "Search Jobs" screen,
  • Click "View All Jobs"
  • Select "Distance Education Liaison"
    • You must login before you can apply. Input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Sign In."
    • If you have not yet registered, click "Register Now" to begin the registration process.

STEP 3: Submit application materials:

Please be sure to complete all required fields, and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter specifically addressing qualifications for the essential job functions
  • Resume 
  • Names and contact information for three references 

You must select "Submit" to forward your application materials to the search committee.

If you have any questions, need accommodations, or submitted your application with missing materials, call or email:

Kim Mezger
Phone:  (920) 465-2082

Application Deadline

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Monday, June 19, 2023.

Note: The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

For more information regarding the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the surrounding area, see our Campus and Community section. For Campus Safety information see our University Police website and our Annual Security Report (for a paper copy please contact the Office of Human Resources at (920) 465-2390). This report includes statistics about reported crimes, as well as information about crime prevention and campus security policies and procedures.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is an Affirmative Action Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining a community which welcomes and values a climate supporting equal opportunity and difference among its members. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, genetic information, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status (including disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran status), age, or disability.