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Washington and Lee University invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost. Reporting to the President as part of the administrative cabinet, the Provost is the university's chief academic officer, with primary responsibility for W&L's academic mission. The Provost oversees the three academic units of the university (The College, The Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, and the School of Law), as well as the University Library, the University Registrar, University Athletics, the Mudd Center for Ethics, the Center for International Education, the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity, and the Office of Community-Based Learning. Washington and Lee is deeply committed to creating a diverse and nurturing academic community. Its aim is to attract geographically, racially, and socio-economically diverse applicant pools in order to recruit qualified students, faculty, and staff who will carry forth the personal, ethical, and intellectual characteristics that have always characterized the W&L community. Please visit the Provost Search Website for full information ( to learn all available information about the Provost Search). Please view the official position specification and Provost's job description. Position Summary: The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the University and oversees all the academic units. Reporting to the president and working collaboratively with university leadership and the academic deans, the provost has primary responsibility for the academic mission of the university. Essential and Related Functions: Provides strategic leadership and oversight to three academic schools including the Law School, the College and the Williams School. Additionally, oversees and leads the following administrative units: Registrar, Library, Athletics, International Education, and Mudd Center. Oversees and manages capital, operating and salary budgetary processes for academic schools and reporting administrative units. In coordination with the VP for Finance and Administration, is responsible for reviewing all university requests for new positions and requests to refill vacant staff positions. Works closely with Campus Facilities on all capital projects that impact academic affairs. Responsible for managing faculty staffing levels. Reviews all requests for new tenure and tenure track positions in the College, Williams School, and the Law School and makes approvals according to academic needs, available funding, retirements and the Strategic Plan. Works closely with academic deans on faculty recruitment, hiring, and retention, with a special focus on supporting and increasing the presence of faculty from underrepresented populations. Manages annual evaluation process for all academic deans and directors. Supports the President in all strategic university initiatives. Works with senior leadership in developing and carrying out strategic initiatives. Chairs the President’s Advisory Committee. Key responsibilities include tenure and promotion review and recommendations; sabbatical leave applications; Lenfest faculty summer research grants; student Summer Research Scholars grants; and Honorary Degree nominations. Provides leadership in matters of academic policy and administration. Collaboratively develops, documents, and implements Faculty Handbook policies, revisions and interpretation. Co-chair of complaints, investigations, and processes for Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct policies. Manages all appointed committees for faculty and staff; works with EC leadership on student appointees. Serves as Board of Trustees liaison to the Undergraduate Academics and Admissions committee: forms agenda, prepares materials, communicates with UAA Committee chair. Leads SACS-COC accreditation efforts in partnership with Director of Institutional Effectiveness. Works with Development/Advancement on targeting key academic programs for fund-raising; provides detailed information on programs; arranges meetings and key conversations. Works with Office of Alumni Affairs to enhance alumni understanding of academic affairs. Encourages and supports research and grant-writing and actively engages with the Corporate and Foundation Relations office in support of faculty projects and grant candidates. Advocates for and supports Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression on campus. Leads internal discussions on academic planning, curriculum development, faculty governance, and other issues related to teaching, scholarship, and faculty development. Provides strong support for interdisciplinarity and general education review. Exhibits commitment to diversity within the University and the ability to articulate and carry out practical and effective strategies for increasing and supporting faculty, staff and students from underrepresented populations. Minimum Qualifications: An earned doctorate and a record of distinguished scholarship and teaching requisite for an appointment as a tenured full professor. Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Statement of Commitment to Diversity Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.
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