Spelman College - Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Spelman College, a global leader in the education of women of African descent who aspire to success in every sector of society, invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs (provost).
Founded in 1881 and located in Atlanta, Spelman College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students from 43 states and 10 foreign countries. Spelman is the country’s leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 54 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 24 for undergraduate teaching, No. 4 for social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 15th year among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction.
The college is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical, and leadership development of its students. The college offers 34 undergraduate majors and 35 minors. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, students can earn a dual degree in engineering in partnership with one of 15 participating institutions. The college employs more than 180 full-time teacher/scholars, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. Recent initiatives include a designation by the Department of Defense as a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, a Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute, the first endowed queer studies chair at an HBCU, a Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and a program to increase the number of Black women Ph.D.s in economics. New majors and special academic programs have been added, including documentary filmmaking and photography, the Broad Institute and the Army Research Lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning. For more information about Spelman, please visit www.spelman.edu.
Because academic affairs, faculty life, and student learning lie at the heart of Spelman College, the provost is necessarily a senior member of the president’s leadership team and plays a central role in safeguarding and advancing the college’s teaching, research, and learning enterprise with the highest integrity and standards for academic excellence. The provost will play a significant role on the leadership team of President Helene Gayle, M.D., MPH, who joined the college on July 1, 2022, and be an integral and vital part of the college’s leadership team working alongside the president to lead the direction of the college as a whole. The provost will partner with the president and the senior leadership team to advance strategic initiatives; recruit, retain, and support the faculty; promote sustainability and innovation; foster a culture of honesty, transparency, and inclusion; and position the Office of the Provost for maximum impact and effectiveness.
The next provost of Spelman College will be vested in the faculty, students, and mission of the college. The provost will bring outstanding academic vision, substantial administrative leadership, fiscal acumen, entrepreneurial talent, and the willingness to engage in an active and vibrant campus community. Candidates should have an earned doctorate and a distinguished record of teaching and scholarship that would, upon review of the Tenure and Promotion Committee, be commensurate with achievement at the full professor level. In addition, the provost will appreciate, understand, and be committed to the value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and liberal arts education and be passionate about a women’s liberal arts college.
All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.
WittKieffer is assisting Spelman College in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 15, 2023. Application materials should be submitted using the buttons below. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Christine J. Pendleton, Sandra Chu, and Robin Mamlet at SpelmanProvost@wittkieffer.com.
Spelman College is an EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Title IX Employer and participates in E-Verify. Spelman College does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, genetic tests, genetic information or any other legally protected status.