Dr. Jim Moran joined the Office of the Chancellor in 2005 and was appointed as Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs in October 2009. The primary function of the Division is to facilitate student success and to assist universities to advance the economic, cultural and social viability of the Commonwealth.
Dr. Moran provides strategic leadership and direction for the Division of Academic and Student Affairs which includes academic program approval and review, faculty development initiatives, development of academic and student policies, academic planning, academic technology, articulation and transfer, access and pipeline initiatives, and grants development. He also serves on the Commonwealth’s Transfer and Articulation Oversight Committee; the Governor’s Early Learning Council; the GEAR-UP Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education, and the Program Committee for the SHEEO Higher Education Policy Conference.
During the 2011-12 academic year, Dr. Moran served as interim president of Edinboro University. During that year Edinboro significantly improved community relationships with the Edinboro community, established working relationships with the Erie community to address issues of educational attainment, supported a record breaking year in annual gifts with over $5M raised, promoted increased transparency of data through reports to Council of Trustees and the University Senate, re-framed strategic directions for the university around fewer measurable goals and promoted expanding high impact practices to more students
Prior to coming to Pennsylvania, Dr. Moran served in the University of Tennessee System Office as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. In Tennessee, he was responsible for coordinating the university effort for seeking regional re-accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and building a model for departmental reporting with attention to student learning outcomes. He also served as facilitator for special projects including acquiring federal funding for a University Business Incubator and for the Center for Nutrition and Fitness.
At the University of Tennessee, Dr. Moran also served as Dean, College of Human Ecology. In this capacity he provided leadership for a college with five academic departments (Child and Family Studies, Nutrition, Health and Safety Sciences, Consumer and Industry Services Management and Human Resource Development) as well as the Child Development Laboratories and the Textile and Non-Wovens Development Center.
Additional experiences include appointment as Vice-President of the University of Tennessee Research and Managing Director, TANDEC Technology Licensing Division Corporation - a statewide research center of excellence that focused on non-wovens textiles. Responsibilities included negotiating licensing and research contracts with corporate partners as well as marketing technology to potential licensees.
Dr. Moran was also Department Head of Family Relations and Child Development at Oklahoma State and has served in a faculty role as Professor at the University of Tennessee and at Oklahoma State University, as Associate Professor at Virginia Tech. and as Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma.