Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Grove City College invites applications and nominations for the office of Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.  The Provost serves as the College’s chief academic officer, with broad responsibilities for the overall excellence and vitality of the College’s academic life and programs in the furtherance of its stated mission.  He or she reports to the President and as Vice President of Academic Affairs is a part of the College’s leadership team.

Founded in 1876, Grove City College is a nationally recognized, truly independent, highly selective Christian college of liberal arts, sciences, engineering and pre-professional programs, where intellectual inquiry remains open to the questions religion raises and affirms the answers that Christianity offers.  Grove City College is committed to religious freedom and avoids narrow sectarianism encouraging a diverse student body.  With 2500 students enrolled in more than 50 undergraduate programs of study, Grove City College is consistently recognized for its academic excellence where scholarship is informed by Christian principles, having been rated as the 8th “Most Popular Liberal Arts College” and the 11th “Most Wired Campus” (U.S. News & World Report), one of  “The Best 377 Colleges” (Princeton Review) and one of “America’s Top Colleges” (Forbes).  Grove City College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is located 60 miles north of Pittsburgh.  The College is intent on keeping the door of educational opportunity open to applicants by maintaining low charges, thus minimizing financial burdens on families, and has been named the #1 “Top Value Rated Private Liberal Arts College in the nation”  by Consumers Digest.    

The Provost is charged with managing, providing leadership for and oversight of the academic affairs of the College, including two schools—the Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts & Letters and the Albert A. Hopeman, Jr. School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics—the Henry Buhl Library, instructional technology, financial aid and registrar functions through the Office of Enrollment Services, the College radio station, and the Office of International Education.   The Provost oversees faculty recruitment and development, curriculum development, institutional research, academic research (faculty and faculty-student), the measuring and assessing of student success, strategic planning, budgeting, the formulation of academic policies, and other academic support functions.  He or she gives direction to the academic deans and chairs, coordinates regional accreditation and reporting through the Assistant Dean for Institutional Research, is regarded as a member of all the committees of the College, and is the final appeal for student academic integrity and disciplinary cases.

Applicants for Provost and Academic Vice President should possess the following qualifications:

· An earned doctorate from an accredited institution; 

· A Christian vision of higher education which is derived from a long-standing  well-thought-out personal affirmation of the Christian faith and an appreciation for the authority of Scripture;

· A distinguished record of teaching and scholarship;

· Broad experience in strategic planning, from developing an academic vision to creating effective planning and implementation processes to achieve that vision, with a proven ability to effectively delegate tasks to others as well as to work effectively with colleagues college-wide; 

· Demonstrated capability to manage a complex academic organization with multiple and varied tasks; and

· Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills, and a high level of professional integrity, including evidence of the ability to deal effectively with faculty, staff, administrators, and students.

· The capacity to enhance Grove City College’s strengths, to further its core mission of cultivating the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of its students, and to position the College to lead amidst the changing environment of higher education.  

The College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, marital status, disability, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other college administrative programs.  

Applicants should send a letter of application that addresses the qualifications described above, a curriculum vitae, an essay explaining their philosophy of Christian higher education as well as their philosophy of management, and a list of five references (four professional and one pastoral) with contact information, including telephone and email to:  Dr. John A. Sparks, Chair of the Provost Search Committee, 100 Campus Dr., Box 3001, Grove City College, Grove City, PA 16127 or electronically to  References will not be contacted without permission.  Review of applications commences immediately, but only applications received by March 25, 2013 can be assured full consideration.  Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Dr. John A. Sparks at 724-458-2056 or at