Gallaudet University in District of Columbia

Date Posted January 6, 2014


Washington, D.C.

Gallaudet University (Gallaudet), located in our nation's capital, is a private, federally supported institution of higher education. The University has a 150-year-long tradition of providing deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals with superior undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. Gallaudet enrolls both undergraduate and graduate students, and is also home to the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, which serves deaf and hard of hearing students pre-K through grade 12 and provides information and education to families and professionals working with pre-college students. It is within this context that Gallaudet seeks a provost to lead the University forward.

As Gallaudet approaches its sesquicentennial, the provost will be faced with numerous strategic challenges to further the University academically in a changing world. Gallaudet maintains a unique position as a place in which higher education, research, and scholarly pursuits of all kinds are conducted in an inclusive bilingual (American Sign Language and English) environment. The next provost will be a strong academic leader and effective communicator, proficient in ASL, who can serve as a partner to the University president. A transparent and collaborative leader, the next provost will work with all constituencies on campus to continue the implementation of the University's strategic plan as it relates to the internal operations of the University. The University will need to address the issue of providing services that support the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse and talented student body, successfully retaining students through graduation and providing them with the tools to become lifelong learners. Furthermore, the next provost must ensure that the Gallaudet community fosters respect among students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and is moving forward in a unified way.

In adapting to the changing environment of both society and the world of higher education, the provost will, working with faculty, need to assess and strengthen the University's educational programs, research, scholarship, and creativity. This will involve leading the institution in making decisions about focusing program directions to best serve its students within the context of a visually-oriented learning environment. The provost must also be a visionary leader to engage the changing use of technology in instruction and the everyday lives of deaf individuals. Finally, the provost must consider the expansion of resource streams to support excellence in the University's educational and scholarly programs, and use these resources to effectively and efficiently maintain Gallaudet's status as the pre-eminent institution serving deaf and hard of hearing students.

Gallaudet seeks a leader who can bring passion for the academic mission; demonstrate the capacity to be forward-thinking; and guide change, where needed, in the institution's scholarly direction. Gallaudet's new provost must also have a high level of energy, personal integrity, and ethics to inspire the University community to new levels of excellence.

Gallaudet University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent in confidence electronically to: Michael Baer, Daniel Rodas, and Natalie Leonhard at

Gallaudet University serves deaf and hard of hearing students from many different backgrounds and seeks to develop a workforce that reflects the diversity of its student body. Gallaudet is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively encourages deaf and hard of hearing persons, members of traditionally underrepresented groups, people with disabilities,