Provost and Dean of the College
Centenary College of Louisiana is a selective, residential, national liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi river and is a member of the Associated Colleges of the South.
Located in Shreveport, Louisiana, the College is recognized for its outstanding faculty, many of whom are known nationally and internationally, and for the achievements of its alumni and their service in the global community. The College has been recognized for its challenge to students to “Learn, Live and Lead together, stepping up to and responding to the Global Challenges of the 21st Century to create a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.” In addition, the College’s fiscal discipline over the last 5 years has resulted in the College’s being awarded an "A" grade for financial fitness in Forbes' annual national ranking of "America's Top Colleges" this year. The College continues to receive recognition nationally as a “Tier One National Liberal Arts College” and one of the "Best Colleges in the South.”
The College invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Dean of the College. The Provost reports directly to the President and serves as the College’s Chief Academic Officer, providing support, resources, and resolution for the wide variety of academic affairs that affect students, faculty, and staff. The Provost also leads the Student Development Division, integrating curricular and co-curricular programming in one administrative unit dedicated to the education of the whole student.
The successful candidate for Provost and Dean of the College will: have earned a doctorate in an appropriate academic field; present a background of excellence in teaching and scholarship; have an understanding of an outcomes-oriented, developmental approach to education; have a clear understanding of and commitment to the College’s enduring purpose and be able to give exemplary leadership in a time of ongoing, cutting-edge change; have experience in and/or knowledge of church-related liberal arts education; present a record of collaborative, decisive, transparent, and timely decision-making; demonstrate a capacity for creative and innovative leadership in curricular development; provide leadership in recruiting and retaining highly qualified faculty; have the ability to provide guidance in the College’s Student Development Division, which includes NCAA Division III athletics; be committed to ongoing planning aimed at positioning the College in the front ranks of its peers; work collaboratively to develop an institutional budget funding the College’s highest priorities; and assist in the dynamic engagement of all constituencies who can be helpful in strengthening the College under the leadership of the President, with the support of the Board.
Centenary recognizes that diversity is essential to its goal of providing an educational experience where students explore the unfamiliar, invent new approaches to understanding, and connect their work and lives to the world at large. We thus welcome applicants who would add to the College’s diversity of ideas, beliefs, experiences, and cultural backgrounds. EOE
The review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until a new Provost is appointed. The appointment will be effective no later than July 1, 2014. Inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in confidence, and those received by November 18, 2013 will be assured full consideration. Application materials should include a letter of interest in which the candidate identifies the distinctive qualifications, background, and experience which prepare him or her for effective leadership. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references. All documents should be electronically submitted (MS Word format) to: email. Inquiries will be held in confidence; and further information is available at: http://www.academic-search.com/data/files/centenaryprofilefinal.pdf or www.centenary.edu.
Assisting the College in this search is:
Roy B. Shilling, Jr., Ph.D., Senior Consultant, email
Academic Search, Inc.
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