As chief academic officer, the Provost sets the academic vision, providing leadership and direction for all aspects of the institution’s academic programs. The Provost develops academic policies and oversees instructional delivery and all related academic activities of the College and Seminary, as well as its student recruitment and student services functions, including library and student success services. The Provost reports to the President and is a member of the President’s Cabinet. As a member of the senior leadership team, the Provost connects with and among internal and external constituents and advocates for the institution and its historic mission.
Supervise all matters relating to curriculum and instruction in the College and Seminary, including outreach, evening and summer courses, distance learning, scheduling and overloads
Oversee faculty and academic staff recruitment and development activities
Provide advisory recommendations to the President on all academic appointments and tenure and promotion matters
Oversee development and implementation of academic strategic planning
Establish priorities and plans for academic program development, faculty recruitment and development
Provide academic input to institutional enrollment management efforts and oversee recruitment initiatives
Coordinate periodic academic program review, assessment, , accreditation, and work with the Deans and department chairs in the review, study, and development of curriculum and in the improvement of instruction
Work in close cooperation with the Faculty Executive Committee and other faculty governance bodies, as well as with members of the President’s Cabinet
Work in close cooperation with the Dean of Student Services in overseeing student life
Serve as chief administrative officer in the absence of the President as instructed
Perform other duties as assigned by the President
Embrace, support, and promote the Erskine mission statement;
5-10 years’ experience in the academic setting, preferably with a private, church-affiliated institution; several years in higher education administration; a strong record of teaching and scholarship; a clear understanding of private, Christian, liberal arts higher education.
Must be committed to teaching, learning, and student success; undergraduate and graduate research, scholarship, and creative activity; the evaluation of academic programs to ensure continuous quality improvement; faculty mentoring of students; equity; cultural and global awareness of students, faculty, and staff; recruitment, retention, and development of quality faculty; shared governance; and collaboration with students, faculty, and academic staff.
Preference given to ARP affiliation or clear understanding of reformed tradition.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent interpersonal/relational skills
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple activities
Ability to hire, manage, and develop strong mission fit personnel
Ability to work independently, but also lead groups effectively from the number two position on the institutional organization chart
Strong attention to detail and deadlines
Strong motivational skills
Strong organizational skills
Computer proficient to include PC platforms and Microsoft Office
About Erskine College
The mission of Erskine College is to equip students to flourish by providing an excellent liberal arts education in a Christ-centered environment where learning and biblical truth are integrated to develop the whole person. Therefore, Erskine seeks candidates for faculty positions who are professing Christians and who are committed to excellence in teaching and service. They should support the goals of a strong liberal arts education and be willing to explore with students the integration of faith and learning.
Erskine’s tradition of excellence in liberal arts higher education goes back nearly 175 years to its founding in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, making it one of the oldest, most respected church-affiliated colleges in the Southeast.
Our alumni lead businesses and organizations both large and small throughout the world. More than half of Erskine’s graduates go on to some type of graduate education. In fact in the past several years nearly 100% of all graduates applying to medical graduate programs were accepted, and several proceeded directly into top tier Ph.D. programs. However, our mission moves us beyond simply producing competent professionals.... We seek to equip the whole person — intellectually, physically and spiritually — to flourish in life and leadership.
To do this, we see Erskine as both an excellent liberal arts college and a close-knit community. This combination provides excellent opportunities for students and faculty to take learning beyond the classroom. Quality is revealed, weaknesses are strengthened, and character is refined through intentional, individual relationships. Erskine is proud of the fact that faculty serve as mentors and often become lifelong friends with students.
Erskine College is located in the academic village of Due West in Abbeville County, South Carolina, an area rich in colonial, Revolutionary War, and Civil War history. The town and the college have a number of antebellum buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Erskine College is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Baccalaureate–Arts & Sciences institution with selective admissions. Erskine is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
It is the policy of Erskine College and Seminary to fully comply with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, military service, application for military service, or veteran status. The institution will utilize strategies designed to assure that qualified persons with disabilities, women, and legally protected minorities are well represented in applicant pools from which employees are selected.
As a religious educational institution, Erskine College and Seminary strives to achieve and maintain a Christ-centered environment. Consistent with that goal, Erskine College and Seminary shall exercise its theological, constitutional, and statutory right to take religion into account in all employment decisions.