Worcester Polytechnic Institute seeks an accomplished, creative, values-driven leader with a demonstrated track record of success as a teacher and scholar and in leading a high-performing and superior-quality academic enterprise as its next Senior Vice President and Provost. In partnership with newly appointed President Grace Wang, the Senior Vice President and Provost will have an exciting opportunity to build upon the university's rich history, distinctive educational approach, and innovative institutional culture to forge a future that continues to drive transformative STEM education and research.
The nation's third-oldest technological university, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) was founded in 1865 on the principles of theory and practice. For nearly 160 years, WPI has been at the forefront of engineering, technology, and science education. Today, it stands as a top-tier, STEM-focused university dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, innovation, and the practical application of technology to address real-world challenges.
WPI's STEM education is distinctive. As a global leader in project-based learning for higher education, WPI continuously works to modernize our unique educational model to respond to today's rapidly changing world. The immersive learning experience equips students with the skills, knowledge, and vision to do work that matters, ensuring that our graduates not only do well but also do good.
Our lively campus community is close-knit and highly engaged. WPI is home to more than 5,400 undergraduate students, 1,900 graduate students, 500 faculty, and 800 staff members. Our faculty members are not only award-winning researchers and scholars, they are also outstanding teachers and mentors who are at every juncture of student learning. And the university's staff are equally dedicated to the WPI mission, with a focus on its awe-inspiring students and improving their experience.
Through its four schools - School of Arts & Sciences, The Business School, School of Engineering, and The Global School - WPI offers more than 95 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across 18 academic departments in science, engineering, management, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Graduate students are trained with a diversity of approaches, from traditional PhD and master's degree programs to market-responsive online and professional master's degree programs. Our renowned faculty members lead the university's research endeavors, which are internationally recognized for breakthroughs and innovations in engineering, life sciences, robotics, artificial intelligence, data science, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, sustainable materials, and much more. The university fosters interdisciplinary research collaboration and offers programs at the interfaces of multiple disciplines such as Interactive Media and Game Design, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Learning Sciences and Technologies, Architectural Engineering, Data Science, Financial Technology, Robotics Engineering, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and Biomedical Engineering.
Reporting to the President, the Senior Vice President and Provost is the chief academic officer, responsible for championing excellence in the university's academic endeavors, including oversight of all academic programs and the associated curricular, human, financial, and physical resources. The provost bears primary responsibility for the recruitment and retention of outstanding educators and scholars; the excellence of the academic and research programs; the positive, inclusive, and immersive academic experience for all students, broadly promoting its continuing increases in quality, relevance, and stature.
Working collaboratively with the President, the leadership team, faculty, and faculty governance, the Senior Vice President and Provost will set a future course for growth in WPI's project-based and purpose-driven education, and research and will:
Develop and implement a graduate and professional education strategy to lead in the rapidly changing STEM workforce landscape;
Drive efforts to strengthen WPI's education and pedagogical leadership in the context of generative and applied Artificial Intelligence;
Collaborate in developing and implementing enrollment strategies to increase the undergraduate student pipeline;
Grow research that addresses societal issues and scales for impact.
The Senior Vice President and Provost will be dedicated to, and a champion in, fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging throughout every aspect of the institution, supporting a vibrant, caring, and healthy community. Further, the Senior Vice President and Provost will collaborate on the development of a 10-year campus framework plan; improve student access and affordability; and grow and align resources with institutional priorities.
For more details about this role and about Worcester Polytechnic Institute, see the full position profile.
Procedure for Candidacy
All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited.Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile with a well-articulated statement of the candidate's specific interest in WPI.
WittKieffer is assisting Worcester Polytechnic Institute in this search.For full consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 16, 2024.The search will remain open until an appointment is made.
WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. It seeks individuals with? diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity, collaboration, inclusion, problem solving, innovation, high performance, and change making. It is committed to maintaining a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination.
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term