Brown University — Provost

Job Description:

Brown University invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost, to begin January 1, 2023. The position reports to the University President, Christina H. Paxson.

Responsibilities: The Provost serves as the chief academic officer and is responsible for strengthening academic excellence at Brown University. The Provost is an institutional leader who works closely with the President, senior deans, faculty, and administrative colleagues across the University to advance Brown’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to research and education. In collaboration with schools, departments, senior colleagues and offices across Brown, the Provost plays a lead role in developing and stewarding operational plans for Building on Distinction, the University’s strategic plan; growing Brown’s research enterprise; advancing the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan; and enhancing academic excellence and innovation. The Provost oversees efforts across the University to recruit, retain, and develop an exceptionally talented and diverse faculty and student body, and receives recommendations regarding faculty appointment, reappointment, tenure and promotion for all University faculty. In partnership with the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Provost leads the University’s budgeting and resource prioritization process to ensure the development of a sustainable budget model and plays a role in capital planning to support the preservation, renewal and expansion of facilities essential for teaching, research and campus life.

The Provost is second in seniority and serves as a trusted and essential partner to the President. The Provost chairs the Academic Priorities Committee, the University Resources Committee, and the Government Relations Working Group, and staffs the Corporation Committee on Academic Affairs. The Provost provides leadership and managerial oversight to the academic deans of the schools, college and faculty, and oversees a number of academic and administrative units that support the University’s mission of education and research.

Qualifications: The University seeks an individual with proven academic administrative leadership experience, exceptional judgment, a demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and the highest standards of integrity. Other required qualifications include broad intellectual interests; a track record of innovation; a clear and effective communication style; an appreciation of Brown’s commitments to shared governance and student-centered learning; and a collaborative approach to leading and managing people. Candidates must have a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching and be eligible for a tenured appointment in an existing department at Brown University.

Application Process: Applications and nominations must be received no later than October 12, 2022, in order to be assured full consideration, but the search will continue until a Provost is appointed. Nominations and applications, which should include a cover letter and CV, should be sent to:

Marguerite M. Joutz, Chief of Staff
Brown University
Box 1860
Providence, RI 02912
E-mail at:

Brown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.

Background check satisfactory to Brown University.

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Office of the President


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Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

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Full time

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Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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