Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has along standing commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together.
Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.
Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 15,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at www.berea.edu.
The Provost is the senior academic officer of the College and has administrative responsibility for planning, coordinating, and evaluating the educational programs of the College; for the oversight and integration of all educational support offices and outreach services; and in collaboration with the Dean of Faculty, for the recruitment, hiring, and professional development of the faculty. The Provost reports to the President, serves as a key member of the senior administrative team and as an integral part of the institution’s decision-making process. In the absence of the President, the Provost acts as the senior administrative officer of the College. The Provost must have proven leadership and management capabilities to oversee College programs as they support the campus, community, and the Appalachian region.
The Provost is an advocate for the centrality of the teaching and learning process; a colleague of faculty and staff who is able to listen and to lead; a supporter of and advocate for the Great Commitments; and a consensus-builder who seeks to be a collaborator in problem-solving. The Provost must be a proven teacher and scholar and an administrator of unimpeachable integrity and accomplishment who will be assertive in support of the liberal arts and the College’s Great Commitments.
THE ROLE OF THE PROVOST
As chief academic officer of the College, the Provost has primary responsibility for leading, planning, coordinating, and evaluating the full set of educational programs and academic support services of the College. The Provost takes the lead, with the support of other offices and administrators, in engagement with the regional accreditation authority (SACSCOC) to which the College is responsible, including decennial reaffirmation, the fifth-year interim report (including the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan), and any necessary substantive change applications. Finally, when necessary, the Provost stands in for the President at events, speaking in some cases, and carrying out ceremonial and relational functions.
Because of the unique and distinctive roles that work experience and service play in all students’ outcomes at the College, the academic leadership of the Provost is undertaken through the integration of “learning, labor, and service” across the entire College. In short, the role of Provost at Berea College involves leadership, organization, coordination, and integration across the institution.
The offices, positions, and departments that report to the Provost include:
- Student Success and Transition;
- Student Financial Aid Services;
- Institutional Review Board;
- Dean of Curriculum and Student Success;
- Hutchins Library;
- Seabury Center and the Wellness Program;
- Intercollegiate Athletics, jointly with the President;
- Willis Weatherford, Jr. Campus Christian Center, jointly with the President
- Center for Excellence in Learning through Service;
- Francis and Louise Hutchins Center for International Education;
- The Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education;
- Black Cultural Center;
- Loyal Jones Appalachian Center;
- Center for Teaching and Learning;
- Women’s and Gender Non-Conforming Center;
- Espacio Cultural Latinx;
- DACA Coordinator
- Internships and Career Development;
- The College Farm and Farm Store;
- The Boyd and Gaynell Fowler Child Development Laboratory;
- Director of Academic Assessment; and
- Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
The Provost provides leadership and direction for all of the above offices and programs in order to integrate them with the core educational mission of the College through the application of the Common Learning Goals. The Provost’s educational leadership role includes oversight in the assessment of faculty and departments, assisting the Dean of Faculty in the hiring and development of faculty, and promoting excellence in teaching, scholarship and service along with the Dean of Faculty.
The Provost also serves on various on campus committees, including the Enrollment Policies Committee, the Strategic Planning Council; the Administrative Committee; the Budget Committee; the Awards Committee; and the Sloan Shelton Committee. The Provost staffs the Educational Policies Committee of the Board of Trustees jointly with the Dean of Faculty.
NECESSARY QUALITIES AND CAPABILITIES
The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of accomplishment in teaching, scholarship, and educational leadership and policymaking to integrate the academic support and service offices and programs with the core educational/academic mission of Berea College. Academic qualifications, including the terminal degree, and broad experience in academic leadership are also essential.
The Provost must possess such personal/professional qualities as:
- High intelligence, integrity, honesty, and compassion;
- Ability to formulate and communicate a clear and integrated vision of diverse programs (academic, academic support, and service programs) within a liberal arts setting;
- Appreciation for and knowledge of the private liberal arts college environment;
- Commitment to academic freedom and responsibility;
- Advocacy for the institution and, in particular, its faculty, the academic program, and Berea’s academic support and service offices;
- Candid, clear communication and active listening skills;
- Excellent writing and speaking skills;
- Familiarity with the academic and instructional uses of technology and its application across the institution, as well;
- Experience in external accreditation;
- Ability to motivate and encourage others;
- Effective negotiation and consensus-building skills;
- Ability to make fair, difficult, and timely decisions;
- Capability to address crises and emergent situations working together with other College officers, and ability to take the lead in such situations when the President is unavailable;
- Sensitivity to issues of race, ethnic and economic diversity, gender equity and other personal characteristics protected under the College’s Nondiscrimination Policy and supported by the Great Commitments;
- Work habits characterized by high productivity and strong organization;
- Strong record as a self-starter with high standards for personal and professional
- Capacity to understand the complex issues facing higher education and a deep understanding of how to develop strategies that support the College’s strategic priorities;
- Open, collaborative and non-competitive management style that promotes partnerships and builds trust and strong relationships across the College community;
- Capacity to provide both leadership at strategic levels of the institution and to organize and manage multiple tasks and bring them to fruition; and
- Most importantly, a deep appreciation for and the ability to identify with and inspire others regarding the mission, traditions, and values that are unique to Berea College as expressed through the Great Commitments.
Note to Prospective Employees:
Each year, Berea College Public Safety publishes an annual report to the campus to make public crime statistics, policies, and procedures for Berea College. This Annual Security Report, required by the Jeane Clery Act, Minger Act, and the Student Right To Know Act is now available for review. For a full, printable version of the ASR, you can click here: https://www.berea.edu/public-safety/annual-security-report-2019/
For a policy-by-policy version that is easier to read and browse, please visit Public Safety’s website here: https://www.berea.edu/public-safety/annual-security-report-2019/