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Provost and Senior Vice President Medford, MA

Tufts University invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Senior Vice President. Recognized for its deep commitment to undergraduate liberal arts and engineering education and an equally profound dedication to graduate education, training, and a research mission, Tufts seeks a Provost who will build on the University’s substantial momentum and lead it to a new level of academic excellence and prominence. The Provost should have a track record of commitment to diversity, broadly understood, and to active citizenship and be prepared to advocate for a diverse, equitable, global, and inclusive community.

Tufts is a student-centered research university. It educates approximately 11,500 students, almost equally divided between undergraduate and graduate students, in eight schools—Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Law and Diplomacy, Medicine, Nutrition, and Veterinary Medicine—and a College of Civic Life. It is one of the most selective universities in the country, with an acceptance rate below 15 percent for the class of 2022, whose accepted students’ combined SATs averaged 1467. Tufts provides an intimate learning environment marked by a 8:1 student faculty ratio and has a strong research profile, placing 11th in the Nature Index 2017 Innovation ranking. It has an operating budget of approximately $925 million a year, including approximately $189 million in sponsored research funding, and an endowment of $1.86 billion. The university has a longstanding commitment to strategic inclusion, pragmatic innovation, and international engagement and a long track record of multi-disciplinary collaborations in research and education across its different schools.

Recent programmatic initiatives and investments have been guided by the University’s T10 strategic plan. In 2016, Tufts significantly deepened its commitment to the arts and humanities with the acquisition of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, now part of the School of Arts and Sciences. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Tufts launched the public phase of its Brighter World comprehensive campaign, which seeks to raise $1.5 billion to strengthen teaching and research, support a distinctive culture of collaboration and innovation, and advance the University’s capacity to translate brilliant ideas into practical solutions for global problems.

By combining cutting-edge research with an innovative undergraduate and graduate education in arts, sciences, and engineering, and a unique constellation of strong graduate and professional schools, all in a small university setting, Tufts creates an invigorating atmosphere in which students can tailor their education and where scholars easily collaborate. To continue this tradition, the Provost will be tasked with seizing opportunities to further strengthen the academic stature of the University, working in close partnership with the President and the Deans. As the chief academic officer, the Provost will lead the effort to enhance investments in outstanding faculty, the graduate programs that are essential to their scholarly reputation, and the facilities that sustain them, in addition to promoting stronger collaboration across schools and disciplines and the development of innovative academic programs that respond to new intellectual opportunities and societal needs. As an external ambassador for Tufts, the Provost will champion the University’s academic program to a wide range of audiences to build greater institutional awareness, recognition, and visibility.

Tufts seeks a leader with intellectual vision, a broad view of the world and of the academy, great energy, and the personal qualities to inspire the University community to new levels of excellence across campuses, disciplines, and the world. Candidates should be scholars of distinction and have a history of academic leadership, fiscal management, the ability to cultivate consensus across the University ecosystem and its many constituents, and a record of accomplishment in creating and supporting a campus climate of community, understanding, and mutual respect.

John Isaacson is leading this search with Elizabeth Dorr and Emilyn Sosa.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.


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