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Publication Date: 31 January 2014
Chartered as a liberal arts college in 1962, the American University of Paris is today an urban, independent, international university located at the confluence of France, Europe, and the world. We aim to provide the finest American undergraduate and graduate programs to students from all national, linguistic, and educational backgrounds, and to take our place as a renowned global center for innovative interdisciplinary research.
The University’s mission is to educate AUP graduates to communicate well in a world of many languages, to think critically about history, culture, the arts, science, politics, business, communication, and society, to develop creative interdisciplinary approaches to important contemporary challenges, to be both technologically and culturally literate in a world of swift-paced change, to understand the ethical imperatives of living in such a world, and to take their places as responsible actors in communities, civil societies, and countries around the globe.
AUP’s is an academic culture of engagement, global citizenship, and community that fosters in students and faculty alike a critical sense of commitment to and responsibility for a world of interdependence. In the multilingual, multicultural learning environment of The American University of Paris, students develop a capacity for ethical and political judgment that is alert to cultural diversity. In the living laboratory that is Paris, in the exceptional space of the AUP classroom, students and faculty of (last year) 107 different nationalities meet to articulate civic values and negotiate difference, as together they question, reflect upon, and work toward creative solutions to real-world challenges.
Location as Endowment:
Spread across nine buildings in Paris’ 7th arrondissement on an urban campus stretching from the Eiffel Tower to the Invalides, AUP has the remarkable advantage of its unparalleled location. The University shares this neighborhood with other American institutions, such as the American Library of Paris and the American Church. In 2009, AUP purchased its third building, known as Combes, a block from the Seine. In 2011, the University sold its Bosquet Building and has been actively pursuing opportunities to extend and consolidate its real estate in central Paris. Consolidation of multiple buildings into one is the highest priority of our campus plan. Last summer and this year the University launched a three-year project to renovate and repair its existing buildings; this spring it will begin a full renovation of its Grenelle Building as a Learning Center.
AUP’s intellectual and cultural endowment has always been our location in the greatest city in the world, and, investing it wisely, we have, where appropriate, attached our curriculum to the histories of the city—to Paris’s many centuries of art, culture, literature, politics, music, sociology and the like, to its monuments, libraries, neighborhoods, but also to the edgy new Paris of demographic shifts, rising multiculturalism, food that is other than French, urban renewal, and texts in many different languages.
Another equally important aspect of our location, especially for graduate students, is AUP’s positioning at the confluence of France, Europe, and the world. Students come to Paris as much for the city’s cultural and linguistic heritage as for the internships and capstone experiences they can have in international public and private institutions located here. Our imbricated locations as an American university with global vision and commitments in a European capital city has an impact on teaching, learning and, increasingly, research.
AUP’s Academic Program
AUP is a small, dynamic “world university” with a curriculum to match—one that focuses on the cross cultural and the comparative. Grounded in the liberal arts, the curriculum stretches from a pre-college English for University Studies program and first-year learning communities to summer programs, and a portfolio of ten graduate programs anchored in the University’s mission to produce powerful learning experiences for global learners and leaders. The University’s curriculum is essentially American, although inflected by the international educational background and experience of AUP’s diverse faculty body and the vast diversity of its student body. The rigorous academic program includes 20 different undergraduate majors, 35 minors, and 16 graduate tracks (www.aup.edu/academics). Interdisciplinary programs and minors flourish across all departments, driven by faculty research interests and scholarly passions. AUP is also host to an interdisciplinary Arts Arena, a Forum for Culture and Society, a Center for Writers and Translators, a Cahiers series, a Fine Arts Gallery space, and numerous lecture series, such as the Working Paper Series in the Social Sciences, and the AUP Public Lectures in the Humanities. AUP enjoys partnerships with a global consortium of 26 American universities across Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa, as well as with private institutions in the US, and national universities in Europe. The University also enjoys a range of healthy partnerships and exchanges with the Sorbonne, Oxford, Emory University, NYU, and The University of Capetown, amongst others. A transatlantic curriculum has been designed in partnership with the Eugene Lang College of The New School in New York City.
AUP students come from virtually every educational system in the world, representing approximately 100 different nationalities each year. The entering class has brought into the University some 111 different languages and dialects since 2002. The exceptional demographic diversity of the University community has a powerful impact on teaching and learning, and is the first reason students cite for choosing to get a degree at AUP. Along with all the other constituents of the University, students contribute actively to the culture of global interdependence.
AUP’s faculty body is composed of 23 different nationalities, representing all continents of the world. Dedicated to teaching, the faculty is also richly productive, hosting high numbers of international conferences, study groups, research projects, and events each year. Faculty research tends to focus on the cross-cultural, the comparative, and the interdisciplinary, supporting the University’s mission of producing students for a world held in common. A shared curricular vision stretches across all departments at both graduate and undergraduate levels, one that looks toward global sustainability, conflict resolution, world governance, cultural translation, and address of social injustice by every disciplinary tool at our disposal, but most important of all, focuses upon the steady cultivation of our own and our students’ humanity. AUP has no separate graduate faculty—all permanent faculty members who participate in graduate teaching also teach in the undergraduate program.
AUP has a dedicated, engaged alumni community of 9,500 members living in 146 different countries around the globe, a fact that can make fundraising, at times, a challenge. That said, AUP alumni are deeply engaged with the University, returning to campus as speakers, providing internships for AUP students, and supporting the University in its efforts to maintain contact with and extend our reach to active alumni worldwide. Last year, during the 50th Anniversary, AUP alumni made the first million and half-million dollar gifts in our history.
University Governance and Reporting Relationships:
AUP is led by the President, who is appointed by a 24-member board of trustees comprised of dedicated alumni, business leaders, nonprofit leaders, and people possessing communications, legal, financial, and real estate skills. AUP’s board chair, Judith Ogilvie, is an alumna of the second class of graduates.
In October 2008, Celeste Schenck became AUP’s twelfth president. Having served AUP for nearly 25 years in multiple capacities, President Schenck was a Professor of Comparative Literature, Associate Dean for Curriculum Development, Vice President for Academic Innovation, Vice President for Development and Grants Management, Dean of the University and Provost before assuming presidential responsibility. Schenck is a scholar of women’s literature, editor of multiple series, and, more recently, co-author of books on women, culture, and development. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and her doctorate from Brown University and was a tenured faculty member at Barnard College before moving to Paris and AUP.
The Provost, the chief academic officer of the University, represents the faculty in all matters and reports directly to the President, with whom he or she will work closely. The Provost serves as a member of the president’s leadership team, along with the EVP for Finance and Administration, the VP for Student Services, the Director of Enrollment Management, and the Director of Outreach and Advancement. The Provost presides over an extensive Academic Affairs team that includes an Associate Dean for Academic Administration, an Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, and an Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning. In addition, the Provost oversees the AUP Library and the Academic Resource Center. The Provost also liaises closely with the Board of Trustees, notably the Committee on Academic Affairs, reporting regularly to the Board on faculty and curricular affairs.
AUP currently invites applications for the position of Provost, overseeing the University’s undergraduate and graduate programs. AUP’s Provost will assume the following responsibilities and accomplish the following tasks:
I. Role in AUP leadership
- Works closely with the President, the Board, and the Faculty to articulate and coordinate AUP’s academic vision;
- Is a member of the President’s leadership team and, by virtue of the University By-Laws, is second-in-command; works collegially and closely with all members of that team to advance the University’s mission and strategy;
- Participates in all decisions and activities linked to the Strategic Plan, and is thus implicated in policies governing Admissions, Outreach and Advancement, Alumni Affairs, and Finance and Administration;
- Works closely with the President to build academic partnerships with appropriate institutions worldwide;
- Participates in various consortia and organizations in which AUP is a member (AMICAL, AAICU, the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, AAC&U, ACE, etc.);
- Fundraises from both foundations and individual donors to support AUP’s academic programs and to develop new ones (with the exception of the first year), while stewarding AUP’s existing grants.
II. Core tasks and roles in Academic Affairs
- Is responsible for the entire academic operation of the University, developing and supporting the independent development of majors, minors, cross-disciplinary, general education, and graduate programs;
- Is responsible for the academic budget, currently 2/3 of the entire operating budget of the University
- Is responsible for reporting to Middle States on course level, program level, and department assessment of student learning
Guidance, Management and Mentoring:
- Manages and mentors the core Academic Affairs team: including, the Associate Dean for Academic Administration, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, the Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning, the Human Resources Coordinator for Academic Affairs, the Coordinator of Academic Budgets and Grants, the Director of the Academic Resource Center, and the University Librarian
- Is responsible for fostering and maintaining a robust, transparent system of faculty governance in the shared-governance model of the University;
- Is an ex officio member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, the General Education Committee, the Curriculum Committee, the Council of Chairs, and the Graduate Program Review Board;
- Builds consensus among individual faculty members and department chairs in support of the mission of the University; resolves conflict between department chairs and individual faculty members.
- Establishes academic budgetary priorities and participates with the leadership team in broader budget priority decisions;
- Manages and deploys strategically the academic budget
- Upholds academic quality, rigor, and standards as well as academic integrity; is responsible for academic policies across the entire institution.
- Fosters and encourages research and faculty development across the academic departments, and mentors and supports new faculty
- Is responsible for the quality and reach of the University’s pedagogical approaches—upholds the central values of excellence in teaching and student-centered learning in the University’s multicultural environment
- Promotes a culture of assessment of student learning outcomes across all departments and divisions, using data collection and analysis in a continuous cycle of academic program improvement;
Hiring and promotion:
- Coordinates with department chairs all aspects of hiring, for which he or she is ultimately responsible, in accordance with French law and with American academic principles; recommends promotions and emeritus status to the President;
- Assesses recommendations from Rank and Promotion Committee and transmits them with his or her recommendations to the President for confirmation.
III. Representative roles
- Represents the faculty to the administration and bridges the academic and administrative functions within the University;
- Represents the faculty and its needs and accomplishments to the Board, to which he or she reports thrice annually; liaises regularly with the Chair of the Board Committee on Academic Affairs;
- Represents the faculty to the community at large, both within the University and beyond
- Represents the University to partner institutions and all outside constituencies, standing in for the President whenever appropriate
Opportunities and Challenges:
AUP’s next Provost will have the opportunity to put his or her mark on the future development of what is already a 21st century curriculum for global learners, developing in the process new interdisciplinary initiatives, majors, and Master’s programs and reshaping the academic program in alignment with developments in various fields, demand from the enrollment market, and partnership opportunities. The past few years have been devoted to a professionalizing of the academic affairs team and a revitalizing of faculty governance—the signing of a new faculty collective bargaining agreement, revision of the Faculty Manual, revision of tenure and promotion standards, leadership and rationalization of the graduate programs. Thus the moment is ripe for the Provost to work closely with the President to articulate an academic vision for AUP in alignment with the University’s mission and the globally located and minded students it enrolls. Given its positioning in Europe, AUP has a deeply interdisciplinary, hybrid curriculum that brings together transformative, liberal arts-style learning and vocationally enhancing experience. The Provost will work very closely with the faculty to leverage this signature approach to learning, building consensus for academic priorities and allocating academic budgets accordingly, both to buttress the quality of existing programs and to spur the growth of new and appropriate programs. In addition, he or she will inspire and support faculty community and collegiality, encourage and monitor faculty research, mentor new faculty and attend to the scholarly development of seasoned faculty. The Provost will also write major grants designed to seed and support new academic projects, meeting with individual donors as needed for the same purposes, and will coordinate with the President on the University’s overarching fundraising strategy. The Provost will build him or herself—and support faculty’s efforts to build—strong and strategic partnerships with other institutions. Finally, the Provost will work with members of the leadership team to foster close, productive ties between administrative and academic functions of the University, notably liaising frequently with Admissions to ensure that the marketing team represents the University curriculum in all its richness and diversity. The Provost will rapidly come to share the excitement of members of the community for the University’s mission, and will communicate that enthusiasm to students, alumni, donors, granting institutions, and partner institutions. In short, the Provost will have the satisfaction of experiencing the direct impact of his or her leadership and academic entrepreneurialism on the University’s overall development.
Challenges include the constraints of fostering and upholding AUP’s American academic traditions in the context of French culture and labor law, a system to which AUP is inevitably bound.
To succeed in this role, a candidate must be a full professor, having received a doctorate in one of the fields represented in the University curriculum; he or she must also possess extensive experience of American academic traditions and familiarity with graduate education at the Master’s level. He or she will have had a minimum of four years of experience in academic administration—of a large department, a school, or a faculty. The successful candidate must demonstrate extensive budget management experience. He or she must also show evidence of strong writing and communication skills, as well as organizational capacity. He or she will be a sound and attentive manager, manifesting attention to the extraordinary detail characteristic of the academic enterprise. He or she will also have the creativity to reconcile academic priorities with the realities of a tuition-driven institution and the resilience to work within the limits of the strict French labor code. A candidate will receive special attention if he or she speaks near-fluent French, can demonstrate some success in academic fundraising as well as an understanding of its importance in academic administration, and shows promise of “fit” within AUP’s special environment.
If this sounds like the job for you, kindly submit:
- A letter demonstrating your interest in leading AUP’s academic program in an international, highly diverse environment
- A brief statement within the letter of your approach to academic leadership
- A review of your experience, including your strengths and weaknesses in light of the job description
- A curriculum vitae or resume
- A list of three referees, including email addresses and telephone numbers, whom the search committee may contact
Applications should be sent by e-mail only to Susan Mackay, Office of the President, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Compensation is open, depending upon experience, and competitive. The starting date for the search is January 2014, with the hopes of bringing a new Provost to campus for fall 2014. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Susan Mackay ( email@example.com )
Executive Assistant to the President
The American University of Paris
6, rue Colonel Combes
75007 Paris FRANCE
Telephone: (33) 1 40 62 06 59