Vice President of Academic Affairs and Senior Dean of Faculty

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, New York
Feb 15, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Hobart and William Smith Colleges invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Senior Dean of the Faculty.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are selective, residential, liberal arts colleges with a distinguished history of interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, curricular innovation and exceptional outcomes. With a strong commitment to diversity, the Colleges have a longstanding focus on educating across academic disciplines and fostering the close work of research and creativity that connects faculty and students. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region in Geneva, New York, Hobart and William Smith enjoy a 320-acre campus on the shore of Seneca Lake. Originally founded as two separate colleges (Hobart for men in 1822 and William Smith for women in 1908), Hobart and William Smith students share the same campus, faculty, administration and curriculum. Each College maintains its own traditions, deans, student government and athletic department. Today, the Colleges’ approximately 2,260 undergraduate students participate in nationally recognized study abroad opportunities, a celebrated career services program, competitive multidivisional NCAA athletics and local and global community engagement.

Hobart and William Smith seeks an inspiring leader who will work in partnership with the Colleges’ new president, leadership and faculty to develop and implement a clear, innovative and distinctive academic vision for liberal arts education that serves society and advances the Colleges’ pursuit of excellence. The Vice President of Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the Colleges and provides intellectual leadership for all academic departments and multi-disciplinary programs and provides academic leadership for the Colleges. The Vice President is the chief advocate for academic excellence on behalf of the faculty and the Colleges to both internal and external constituents. In the joint role of Senior Dean of Faculty, this leader supports faculty, other academic personnel and academic budgets. Areas reporting to this position include the Warren Hunting Smith Library, Sponsored Programs, Office of the Registrar and Institutional Research and Planning.

The Colleges seek highly qualified candidates who can demonstrate significant leadership capabilities and accomplishments; a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching and service; an earned doctoral (or disciplinarily appropriate terminal) degree and qualifications for tenure in one of the Colleges’ departments. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to excellence in undergraduate liberal arts education.

For fullest consideration, applications must be received by March 26, 2018 with appointment to begin before the fall semester 2018. Nominations, expressions of interest and requests for further information should be sent electronically to the Witt/Kieffer consultants assisting the Colleges with this search, Lucy Leske and Veena Abraham, J.D. at [email protected]

More information about the Colleges may be found at

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to diversity and providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational, living and working environment for all members of the HWS community, including students, faculty, staff, volunteers and visitors. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply to position vacancies.

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