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Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

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Earlham College

Richmond, Indiana

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty


Earlham College seeks a new Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty (VPAA). The College’s VPAA is the chief academic officer and serves as the advocate and representative of the College’s academic program, as well as faculty interests, to both internal and external constituents. The VPAA reports directly to the President and consults with the Board of Trustees on matters of educational policy, faculty recruitment, professional development, and retention.



Earlham is an independent, national liberal arts college noted for its educational quality, progressive ethos, and Quaker heritage. Earlham’s diverse enrollment of 1100 students hails from 47 states and 54 countries. The College is distinguished in the quality of its faculty, students, and staff. It is a Phi Beta Kappa institution, a Peace Corps Prep college, and one of the 40 Colleges That Change Lives. Its newly launched “Epic Advantage” provides a funded internship or research experience to all undergraduates. The College has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1 and the highest endowment per student among GLCA institutions. Earlham is located in Richmond, IN and is within commuting proximity to Cincinnati, Dayton, and Oxford, OH, and Indianapolis, IN.


Earlham’s VPAA will:

  • Support faculty research and publication commensurate with a liberal arts college teaching load.
  • Champion a robust liberal arts curriculum.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to faculty interests.
  • Lead in advocating for, and implementing, institutional strategic objectives.
  • Actively participate within Earlham’s distinctive consensus government structure.
  • Demonstrate genuine enthusiasm for faculty mentorship and possess a facility for the political and operational mechanics of academic administration.
  • Embrace Earlham’s Principles and Practices (http://earlham.edu/about/mission-beliefs/principles-practices/) and be comfortable representing all aspects of the College’s ideals, mission, culture and heritage.


The successful VPAA candidate will have:

  • A terminal degree and substantial experience as a faculty member.
  • A record of outstanding undergraduate teaching and notable scholarship.
  • A commitment to excellence in classroom instruction, including international and experiential education.
  • Experience in academic budgeting, strategic planning, committee service, and institutional accreditation and assessment practices.
  • A record of success in faculty recruiting and development (including recruiting and retention of faculty members from historically underrepresented groups).
  • Confidence in dynamic public speaking, with a high degree of comfort in engaging with both academic and non-academic audiences.


A complete application will include a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae and contact information for five professional references. (Referees will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior permission). Expressions of interest, nominations, and inquiries should be sent electronically, with application materials as separate PDF attachments, to Earlham’s search consultant, Mr. Chuck O’Boyle of C. V. O’Boyle, Jr., LLC at [email protected] All inquiries will be held in strictest confidence. Development and evaluation of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the appointment.


Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.


To learn more about Earlham College, please visit our website at www.Earlham.edu.




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Posted: 2/19/2018
Application Due: 4/20/2018
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