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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Earlham College
Richmond, Indiana

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Earlham College – Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Earlham College, an independent, national liberal arts college noted for its educational quality, progressive ethos, and Quaker heritage, seeks a Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Earlham boasts a diverse student enrollment of 900 students hailing from 47 states and 54 countries, and is distinguished in the quality of its students, staff, and faculty. It is a Phi Beta Kappa institution, a Peace Corps Prep college, and one of the 40 Colleges That Change Lives. Since 1847, Earlham College has fostered a collaborative learning community that inspires and motivates students with transformative opportunities and experiences—so they can become catalysts for good in a changing world.

Located in Richmond, Indiana, Earlham's beautiful 800-acre campus includes the undergraduate College, the Earlham School of Religion (ESR) and Bethany Theological Seminary, the official seminary of the Church of the Brethren, a historic peace church like the Quakers. Nearly 600 of its acres are woods, streams, ponds, old fields, and prairie used for scientific research and recreation. Earlham possesses one of the highest endowments per student in the country. Since 1998, Earlham has expanded, renovated, and constructed major campus buildings – academic, residence halls and athletic facilities – representing an investment of over $70 million.

Earlham provides its undergraduate students with more than 40 courses of study, a 3+1 education program that results in a Master of Arts in Teaching, and several graduate degrees at the Earlham School of Religion. Through these programs, students become active, involved learners. In the last 10 years, Earlhamites have won 26 Fulbright awards, 13 Watson Fellowships and two Rhodes Scholarships—some of the most prestigious awards available for international study and travel. More than 60 percent of Earlham students spend a semester or more studying abroad before graduation.

As the Chief Academic Officer, the College's Provost serves as the key architect, advocate, and representative of the College's academic program and faculty interests to both internal and external constituents. The Provost will build on Earlham's excellence in the classroom and strengths in international and experiential education while bridging traditional academic boundaries on campus and beyond. The Provost reports directly to President Anne Houtman and consults with the Board of Trustees on matters of educational policy, faculty recruitment, professional development, and retention.

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs must have: A terminal degree in their field and a record of teaching, research, and service eligible for appointment with tenure at the rank of full professor at Earlham College; a history of significant and progressive higher education leadership appropriate to this role; and a demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

More information about Earlham College and the Provost search, including a full list of responsibilities and qualifications, is available here.

How to Apply: The position is open until filled, but applications received by Monday, August 16 will be given full consideration. Applications should include: 1) a detailed letter of interest; 2) a current curriculum vitae (CV); and 3) a list of five professional references with contact information. References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be sent in confidence to: [email protected]

Earlham College is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions may be arranged by contacting Ann Die Hasselmo ([email protected]) or Chris Butler ([email protected]). To learn more about Earlham College, visit

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).

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Working at Earlham College

Earlham is a selective national liberal arts college founded in 1847. Earlham's affiliation with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) informs our emphasis on seeking the truth wherever it leads, respect for persons, learning from and with one another, conflict management and peacemaking, diversity, global education and on international experience. 

  • Earlham's 1,019 students are bright, eager and hardworking; they report significantly higher numbers of books read, papers written, interaction with professors, and other predictors of successful educational outcomes than are reported nationally.
  • Earlham graduates pursue advanced degrees at a high rate. Between 1992 and 2006, 10 percent of Earlham College graduates completed doctoral degrees. In fact, Earlham is 29th among 1,533 U.S. institutions in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s; 10th, in biological sciences. Many Earlham alumni are deeply and personally committed to social action and to trying to improve the world. (These findings are based on the Weighted Baccalaureate Origins Study for 1992-2006 provided by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium. Rankings reflect relative size of institutions.)
  • Faculty at Earlham rate their working environment highly, citing the match between the College's mission and their own sense of personal and professional aims. Our governance structure emphasizes collaboration and consultation. The Faculty Meeting and all committees operate by consensus-seeking rather than by voting.
  • Earlham's faculty have created a rich liberal arts curriculum that values interdisciplinary study. The College's recently redesigned General Education Program prepares students for a life of critical knowledge and informed action. Faculty actively lead international study programs in which 70 percent of our students participate for at least a semester.
  • The Richmond/Wayne County community of 70,000 is small enough to need and value the contributions and expertise of Earlham faculty and students. Our faculty often provide advice and leadership aimed at improving the quality of life and are involved with educational, environmental, social service, cultural and governmental organizations in Wayne County. In addition, faculty engage Earlham students in community-related research and presentations.
  • At the same time, our community is large enough to provide a microcosm of urban challenges. The community enjoys a symphony orchestra, civic theater, art and historical museum, environmental education center, regional arboretum, and miles of improved hiking and nature trails in the geologically rich Ordovician limestone Whitewater River gorge. Five institutions of higher education are located in Richmond and Wayne County: Earlham College, Earlham School of Religion, Bethany Seminary, Indiana University East and Ivy Tech State College.
  • Richmond is near three airports: 45 minutes west of Dayton, Ohio; an hour east of Indianapolis; and 75 minutes northwest of Cincinnati.
  • For more information about openings, contact Becky Thomas, academic dean and vice president for academic affairs.
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