Paris (FR)
22 Aug 2017
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American University of Paris
Paris, France


The American University of Paris (AUP), a liberal arts institution that is American by tradition, French by location, and global in both intake and outlook, seeks an innovative, creative, and dynamic leader to serve as its the next Provost and chief academic officer. This is an outstanding opportunity for an accomplished educator with vision, skill, international perspective, and a strong record of scholarship and leadership in higher education to influence and shape the academic life of the University. The Provost will work collaboratively and closely with the faculty, President, senior leadership, and the Board of Trustees to review and reconstitute the institution's general, undergraduate and graduate curriculums, and have a significant impact on the future academic lives of the faculty. The Provost will serve as a key member of the senior leadership team and play a pivotal role in achieving AUP's academic, strategic, and financial/institutional goals.

From its start 55 years ago, the American University of Paris has become a world university of 1200 graduate and undergraduate students offering a premier global liberal arts-based and professionally enabling curriculum. It retains an original, unique, and powerful purpose to reinvent American liberal arts education for an ever-more-international world. Situated in the world-class city of Paris, in the 7th arrondissement in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, AUP's urban location remains a vital part of its identify and pride of place. As a key member of the senior membership team, the Provost joins a university that is on the rise, making its mark on the international landscape, with a true opportunity to shape the academic future of the institution in significant and important ways. As a forward thinking and exceptional communicator, the Provost will lead by continuing to develop a compelling academic vision through a comprehensive review of the University's programs, development of its vibrant research centers, and promotion of the teacher/scholar research model for faculty. With the completion of the five-year, transformative Campus Plan that achieved consolidation of AUP near the Seine and renovation of all of its buildings, the University is poised to undertake a full curricular renewal that will fall within the purview of the Provost.

The new Provost for AUP will be charged with providing visionary leadership as the chief academic officer of the institution, bringing both historical commitment to the liberal arts and to innovative new methods of skills development and life and career planning. In this role, the Provost will provide academic advice and guidance to members of the senior leadership team, the President, and the Trustees, while ensuring the smooth functioning of the Academic Affairs team. It is expected that the Provost will undertake a complete review of the undergraduate curriculum, including general education, majors, and programs. S/he will also review graduate education at AUP, its current programs, potential new ones, and the administration of both.

Developing and expanding AUP's successful research centers—all mission driven and centered upon faculty-mentored student research—will also be a primary focus of the new Provost. The Provost will also seek to forge external partnerships with other institutions in Paris. As the chief academic officer of the University, s/he will support and develop a distinguished faculty, while shepherding a culture of trust, mutual respect, and transparency among and between the administration, faculty, and staff. The Provost will promote diversity and inclusion in the AUP community through all of these efforts.

The American University of Paris has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search and to help identify outstanding candidates. All inquiries, applications, and nominations for this opportunity should be directed to Dan Rodas, Vice President, Liz Vago, Managing Associate, and Gregg Glover, Senior Associate at