Provost, Dean of the College, and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Teachers College, Columbia University
Location: New York, New York
Higher Education Institution
Teachers College, Columbia University (TC) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for its next Provost, Dean of the College, and Vice President of Academic Affairs (Provost).
The Provost will be a key member of President Thomas Bailey’s executive leadership team, with substantial budgetary and personnel responsibility, along with academic leadership of the faculty. The College seeks a visionary academic who will lead the faculty and embrace the mission to create a smarter, healthier, and more equitable world. The new Provost is desired to assume office by June 1, 2023.
As the chief academic officer of the College, the Provost is second in authority to the President and an integral member of the President’s leadership team. As stated in the Statutes of the College, under the direction of the President, the Provost exercises general supervision over the educational program of the College, including all activities in the administrative area of Instruction, Research, Grants, Field Services, and Student Services and performs such other duties as may be assigned by the President. The Provost works closely with the President and senior academic and administrative leaders to provide strategic and operational direction for the College, with a particular focus on faculty, and the academic mission and supporting infrastructure.
The Provost will be the principal liaison with the Academic Affairs Committee of the College’s board of trustees, an ex officio member of the Faculty Executive Committee (TC’s equivalent of the Faculty Senate) and will participate with the President and his leadership team in visioning and building the current and future directions of the College with the trustees.
Teachers College has the joy of being located in Morningside Heights, NYC, one of the most vibrant higher education and cultural areas of one of the world’s most vibrant cities. The College is home to a deeply engaged and intellectually stimulating group of masters and doctoral students in diverse fields that span education, health, and psychology. Nearly half of its almost 6,000 students identify as students of color, and over one fifth of students come from countries other than the United States. Serious and impassioned, the students are committed learners and future-oriented, looking to build careers in close alignment with the vision of the College. They are supported by more than 1,000 staff, 152 full-time faculty, 65 full-time lecturers, and 342 part-time faculty.
Teachers College is an independently run affiliate of Columbia University, allowing the College to maintain its own governance and financial planning while also benefiting from the vast academic and intellectual resources of one of the world’s foremost research universities.
For more than a century, it has prepared psychologists, nutritionists, health educators, speech pathologists, and other professionals, as well as teachers and school leaders. More than one third of TC’s tenure track faculty are psychologists and health educators, and it continues to take a multidisciplinary approach, combining strengths across fields to tackle the world’s most challenging problems. Teachers College offers 70+ programs in its four core areas of expertise — education, health, psychology, and leadership — and conducts research on diverse topics.
Teachers College, Columbia University is being assisted in this search by Academic Search. For more information about the institution, position, leadership agenda, and application process, please download the full position profile from the Academic Search website. Confidential discussions may be arranged by contacting one of the senior consultants leading the search: Linda McMillin ([email protected]) or Bill Howard ([email protected]).
Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be sent to [email protected]org. When submitting a nomination, please include the nominee’s full name, title, institution, and email address. For full consideration by the search committee, applications should be submitted by Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
Teachers College, Columbia University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for persons regardless of age, color, disability, domestic violence status, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. Further, TC complies with all applicable nondiscrimination laws in the administration of its policies, programs, and activities.
Strong academic credentials with an earned doctorate in an academic discipline consistent with the College’s mission and excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service that merits tenure at the rank of full professor at TC;
A record of accomplished academic leadership in substantive administrative roles with increasing responsibility and complexity;
Sincere commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, sustainability, and justice with concrete examples of how this guides their leadership; and
Devotion to shared governance as the most effective means of leading the College.
KEY DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND CHARACTERISTICS
Superior communication skills; ability to build collegial and collaborative relationships across constituencies based on trust and transparency through expert work and clear leadership;
Significant record of supporting and expanding research; experience with grant writing and administration;
Adept at managing complex and diverse administrative structures in a dynamic environment;
Skilled at working creatively as an interdisciplinary thinker across multiple disciplines and fields to facilitate collaboration across institutional and disciplinary boundaries; having capacity and commitment to harnessing and facilitating the College’s potential for inventive and productive partnerships;
Passionate about faculty development to support teaching and research; experience in fostering faculty leadership development, especially for department chairs and program directors;
Dedicated commitment to campus climate, sense of belonging, and satisfaction for students, faculty, and staff with a record of supporting and strengthening diversity, inclusion, and equity across students, faculty, and staff; success in achieving a more representative community;
Advanced organizational skills and experience in building, managing, and working with high functioning teams to tackle challenges and take advantage of opportunities by leveraging diverse talents and perspectives; this includes coordinating diverse academic and administrative units and experience working on a senior leadership team with shared responsibilities for organizational/unit success;
Astute budget management within complex systems and on a broad scale; able to leverage resources to strategic advantage and to connect academic priorities to budgeting and the development of new revenue streams; having an astute understanding of university finances and the relationships between academic priorities, budgeting, and fundraising;
Adept emotional and social intelligence with expertise in change management and strategic leadership within the academy; ability to manage controversy and conflict productively;
Accomplished in building and managing strategic community partnerships in schools and other community structures locally, nationally, and globally;
Attentive to recognizing and understanding trends in K-12 education, higher education, psychological services, and health sciences; able to anticipate upcoming challenges and opportunities and pivot to meet the moment; and
Strong personal and interpersonal characteristics; integrity, authenticity, and empathy.
Our name notwithstanding, Teachers College was founded on the proposition that education alone can’t correct our society’s inequalities — that to maximize the life chances of all people, we must also support poorer communities’ physical and nutritional health and psychological wellbeing. Thus, fields such as education psychology, nursing education, nutrition education, special education, conflict resolution and spirituality and education were created at TC, and for more than a century we have prepared psychologists, nutritionists, health educators, speech pathologists and other professionals, as well as teachers and school leaders.
Today, more than a third of our tenure track faculty are psychologists and health educators, and we continue to take a multidisciplinary approach, combining our strengths across fields to tackle the world’s most challenging problems. We offer more than 100 programs in our four core areas of expertise — education, health, psychology and leadership — and conduct research on topics that range from the impact of poverty on the brain to the legal basis for a Constitutional right to education; from hip-hop pedagogy to the revival of Inca languages in Latin ...American schools; from the study of motherhood as a developmental stage to the exploration of resilience in military veterans; from the impact of microaggressions on mental and physical wellbeing to language development in children on the autism spectrum; and so much more.
When we speak of education, we mean education writ large — the study of how people learn, and how they should be taught, in all fields. And that, ultimately, is why we continue to proudly call ourselves…Teachers College.