Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs

Naropa University in Colorado

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted December 10, 2012
Type Executive
Employment Type Full-time

Boulder, Colorado

Naropa University has pioneered nonsectarian contemplative education in North America for nearly 40 years. Founded by renowned Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Naropa provides a liberal arts education in a unique environment that promotes the transformation of knowledge into wisdom through deepened personal understanding. By joining academic learning with mindfulness and awareness practice, contemplative education at Naropa transforms individuals so that they are prepared and motivated to change the world.

Naropa University currently seeks an accomplished and visionary academic leader, committed to the mission of contemplative education and experienced in academic administration, to serve as Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs. Partnering with the President and providing collaborative leadership to the faculty, the Provost & VPAA will enhance the university's curricular offerings, broaden its reach and impact, develop and support its faculty, and help Naropa to fully realize its aspirations.

With a budget of nearly $20 million, Naropa University enrolls approximately 1100 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. Naropa's faculty consists of 44 full-time core faculty and close to 200 adjunct faculty members, enabling small class sizes and low student-faculty ratios. In addition to the faculty, the University is supported by 145 staff members. In 2010, the University received five-year continuing accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

The Provost & VPAA will be a teacher-scholar who values contemplative education and its potential for transformative effect in the world. Reporting to the President, s/he will serve as chief academic officer, with responsibility for all academic programs and leadership of the faculty. Significant experience with academic administration, including accreditation and assessment, is required. Direct reports include the deans of undergraduate and graduate education and the directors of Naropa's five schools (Graduate Psychology; Natural and Social Sciences; Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies; the Arts; and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics). A sixth school for extended studies and continuing education is in the planning stage now.

Naropa University seeks a collaborative leader with the capacity to understand and support the aspirations of its faculty, engaging them in conversation about the changing role of higher education and the opportunities this presents for Naropa's distinctive approach to teaching and learning. S/he will be comfortable with emerging technology and new models of educational content delivery, and will have professional experience in an experiential and service learning environment, proven competence guiding strategic planning, institutional positioning, and team building, demonstrated skills in financial management, and a commitment to diversity and sustainability. An understanding and appreciation of Naropa's Buddhist and Shambhala heritage and the transformative value of integrating Buddhist educational values and pedagogies with the traditional Western liberal arts model is necessary. A commitment to contemplative practice joined to transformational action in the world, demonstrated in the candidate's own life, and the ability to articulate its meaning and impact in an authentic and personally inspiring way, is essential.

The President has named a search committee including representatives of the University's faculty and administration. The executive search firm Isaacson, Miller, led by Alan Wichlei, Vice President & Director, and Phillip Petree, Consulting Associate, is assisting in the search. Please direct all inquiries, nominations, and applications in confidence to: Alan Wichlei or Phillip Petree at

Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, materials should be submitted by January 31, 2013.

For more information about Naropa University, please refer to its website:

Naropa University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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