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Vice President for Academic Affairs

Antioch College
Ohio, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Apr 22, 2022

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Position Summary:

Antioch College welcomes applications and nominations for its next Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). Antioch seeks a vice president with a demonstrated commitment to social justice as well as experience as an academic leader and scholar. Antioch’s next VPAA must be energetic and dynamic and able to make decisions in the best interests of the College and its faculty. The College is centered in student engagement through community governance and co-operative education that prepares graduates who are ready to work and live with passion and purpose. The next VPAA will need to possess energy, passion, good humor, and dedication to collaborative academic processes that serve and respond to students.



Horace Mann, the first President of Antioch College, was an abolitionist and educational visionary. His presidency at Antioch College followed extraordinary leadership in the establishment of American public schools. Antioch College celebrates Mann’s role in leading the College and providing generations of Antiochians with ethical direction, reflected in his iconic words to the first graduating class, “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

In the spirit of Horace Mann, Antioch College believes a healthy society needs academic institutions to act as catalysts for change and laboratories for democracy. The effort to build upon and carry this legacy forward is among the most significant and compelling opportunities in higher education today.

The College has made a strong commitment to community governance and to the authentic participation of students in institutional decision-making. Consistent with its commitment to “classroom, co-op, and community,” Antioch College gives equal weight to understanding theory, engaging in practice, and taking action in communities.

In the 20th century, Antioch College redefined liberal arts education by initiating an entrepreneurial and experiential curriculum through the development of its hallmark cooperative work program. Today students spend one-third of their time in college working in a variety of locations from schools to businesses, non-profit organizations including colleges and universities, banks and hospitals, law firms, investment firms, federal and state government, and courthouses. Many of the now common elements of today’s liberal arts education—self-designed majors, study abroad, interdisciplinary study, and portfolio evaluation—had an early start at Antioch College.

Having expanded into a University through its creation of numerous graduate and continuing education campuses and programs throughout the country, the flagship College was closed by the University Board in 2008. The College reopened as an independent institution, with its first incoming class in the fall of 2011, as a result of activism, organizing, and financial support demonstrated by alumni, faculty, staff, students, and supporters. Emerging now from the COVID pandemic, with a new president, Antioch is ready to center equity, justice, sustainability and care in teaching, learning, and working together as a community ready to shape its own destiny. Through classes, co-ops, and community engagement, Antioch College is a space where students gain self-knowledge, hope, and courage to expand their understanding of what is possible.



The mission of Antioch College is to provide a rigorous liberal arts education based on the belief that scholarship and life experience are strengthened when linked, that diversity in all its manifestations is a fundamental component of experience in education, and that authentic social and community engagement is vital for those who strive to win victories for humanity.



Antioch College is an alternative to traditional higher education – a college of action – where better ways of teaching, learning, working, and living are discovered as a result of meaningful engagement in communities through intentional linkages between classroom and experiential education.



  • Antioch is a strong, democratic institution that works for equity, sustainability, and care on campus and guides students to join with others in broader work for social, economic, restorative, and environmental change.
  • New strategic planning process developed by and for the community enables the campus to work with a unified focus on the way forward to being a sustainable college.
  • Antioch College prepares students for leadership roles and careers in the arts and humanities, justice and policy domains, and STEM disciplines to be constructive change agents for the betterment of their communities.
  • The Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom honors an Antioch alumna and exemplifies her work on campus as a student and with national and international communities devoted to civil rights for all people.
  • Antioch College is grounded in its commitment to experiential learning as an integral dimension of intellectual growth and making a life, not just a living.
  • Antioch College is the first undergraduate liberal arts college to embrace community-based governance as a central feature of its academic program which continues to this day.
  • A pioneering example of the role of students in community governance: The Sexual Offense Prevention Policy (SOPP), an affirmative sexual consent policy, implemented in 1990. Far ahead of its time, the SOPP has recently received national recognition and served to inspire conversation about consent in relationships on college campuses and beyond.
  • Deep commitment to access to higher education, as demonstrated by Antioch College Works, a promise program providing full tuition scholarships to all Pell-eligible students, as well as paid campus or community-based work, among other features of the program.
  • A dedicated and engaged alumni base that is determined to see the College survive and prosper.
  • Successful reaffirmation of accreditation in 2015-16 with next review in 2025-26.



  • There is a need to continue to build faculty (currently 22) and curricular capacities. Antioch has experienced faculty attrition and the current curriculum requires vision and cohesion.
  • The curriculum at Antioch should further engage authentically with diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and build a culture of deep listening, trust, and collaboration – a culture that holds care and equity at its center.
  • The College intends to grow its student body (currently 115) while maintaining a strong faculty/student ratio.
  • Antioch College’s endowment will be built as the College expands.
  • The College aims to create partnerships to sustain its future and diversify its financial base beyond traditional philanthropy.
  • Antioch expects to increase its support for faculty research and development programs.
  • Antioch resolves to create a business model that enables it to be a sustainable college.



As with all small liberal arts colleges, COVID-19 brought existential challenges to our campus. Our response required difficult decisions. Antioch is entering into a Strategic Plan after a period of intense difficulty and change. I recognize the need for healing for members of the College community, individually, and concerning how we relate to each other and accomplish our work. We have identified the need to build a culture of deep listening, trust, and collaboration—a culture that holds care and justice at its center—to move forward in necessary ways. Our community has engaged in clear, direct, and honest communication across boundaries and barriers of every kind. Our community governance structure and a renewed commitment to animating that structure with our efforts to listen, trust, and collaborate will provide the unifying energy needed to realize the six goals outlined below:

  1. Enact college-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  2. Fully realize a student-centered culture that results in student success and an increasing number of newly admitted students through a Strategic Enrollment Management plan.
  3. Develop, evaluate, and deliver a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that creatively interweaves scholarship and life experience.
  4. Expand revenue base to augment student-derived income and donations and ensure financial sustainability.
  5. Develop and improve college infrastructure and operations with a focus on more effective and sustainable processes, systems, and structures in the service of the College and our academic community.
  6. Build Antioch College’s reputation in national higher education circles and local, regional, and national college-going students and families.

We will focus on high-quality student and employee experiences in and out of class, technology, information and data, facilities and deferred maintenance, and strategic communications. We refer to these as our strategies designed to support our goal of continuing to spiral up. Our cross-cutting themes include our impact beyond our borders, articulating our distinction and value, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. There is an excellent opportunity right now here at Antioch to take incredible pride in every step that’s gotten us to this point and put our stake in the ground and say, “I want to help us go further.”



Own Your Education: Antioch College is for students who want agency in the design and pursuit of an education that readies them to claim full lives as human beings and engaged citizens.

Learn Experientially: Antioch College is dedicated to intellectually demanding experiential education. Students come to Antioch College not to retreat from the world but to engage in it.

Act for Justice: Antioch College is known, through the efforts of its students, faculty, and alumni, for offering education that prepares and inspires people to embrace and lead socially responsible acts of change.



Academics are organized as follows:

Academic Divisions: Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences

Programs: Cooperative Education, Language and Culture, Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning, and Writing

Areas of study include: Anthropology (Cultural or Public), Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/ Biomedical Science, Biology, Botany and Ecology, Chemistry, Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies, Drawing, Eastern Philosophy,  Environmental Science, French Language and Culture, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Art, Literature, Mathematics, Media Arts, Performance, Philosophy, Political Economy, Pre-Legal Studies, Psychology, Sculpture and the Expanded Field, Spanish Language and Culture, Sustainability, Visual Arts, Writing (Expository and Creative)



Yellow Springs, Ohio is a small village, approximately 20 miles east of Dayton, Ohio. The village of Yellow Springs, with its cultural diversity of shops, galleries, food and drink purveyors, and downtown festivals, as well as the natural beauty of the hiking trails through the Glen Helen Nature Preserve, the John Bryan State Park, and Clifton Gorge, is a wonderful extension of campus life.



  • Oversee and supervise all faculty, academic staff, and division/program chairs.
  • Provide leadership in planning, budgeting, and implementing the curriculum.
  • Oversee annual faculty orientation, ongoing faculty development programs, and sabbatical opportunities.
  • Lead the development and integration of strategic planning goals to advance social, economic, racial, and political equity, and justice within areas of the curriculum, faculty development and academic support.
  • Collaborate with student affairs in supporting student learning, student success interventions, student orientation including bridge programs, etc.
  • Collaborate with admissions in planning recruitment goals.
  • Oversee the Library and the College’s academic information technology.
  • Help to lead accreditation and related processes with relevant state, regional, and federal agencies.
  • Refine and implement the academic assessment plan, which includes periodic reviews of course offerings and academic programs.
  • Oversee student registration and records.
  • Create with Human Resources and the College Council, a search process that invites and includes diverse faculty candidates and, as requested, inclusive searches for administrative positions.
  • Work with faculty to oversee systems for faculty review and evaluation including implementation of an equitable compensation system to reward tenure, rank progression, merit, and additional administrative duties that support college priorities (e.g., admission, sustainability, art gallery, fundraising).
  • Work with the faculty on creating courses, systems and a culture that emphasizes innovation, learning across academic disciplines, and the integration of experiential and cooperative education.
  • Provide leadership and oversight of faculty advising and student success professionals, ensuring that the college is ready to meet the learning goals and needs of our students.
  • Teach relevant courses in the curriculum, as time allows (one course per year).



  • Successful undergraduate teaching experience, preferably at a small liberal arts institution
  • Demonstrated experience with accreditation and/or continuous improvement process
  • Experience developing, implementing, and evaluating instructional programs and services
  • Strong skills in collaborative leadership and collegial decision-making
  • Commitment to the liberal arts and experiential learning
  • Demonstrated effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of audiences
  • Experience with conflict management and resolution
  • PhD or terminal degree in major field of study from a regionally accredited institution
  • Record of teaching, scholarship and service appropriate for rank of Associate Professor or Professor, preferably at a small or liberal arts institution
  • At least 5 years of service in an academic administrative position (Academic Dean, Associate Dean, Department Chair, etc.) preferred
  • Demonstrated success making an impact understanding and transforming intersections of institutional oppression systems to create a culture of care and equity



To arrange a confidential conversation about this position, please contact The position is open until filled, and applications will be reviewed beginning May 16, 2022.

The anticipated start date for the role is August 16, 2022. To apply, a candidate should prepare a thoughtful letter of interest addressing the position duties and desired qualifications. Include also a current, long-form resume or curriculum vitae (showing relevant leadership and administrative responsibilities and accomplishments) and the names, phone numbers, and addresses of at least five professional references, with an indication of the candidate’s relationship to each reference. References will not be contacted until a later stage in the search and only with the candidate’s foreknowledge. Nominations and application materials should be sent to This position will remain open until filled.

Antioch College is an equal opportunity employer; the College offers employment, advancement opportunities and benefits in a harassment-free environment on the basis of merit, qualifications, and competency to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, gender identity, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation or covered veteran status. Candidates who can contribute to Antioch’s commitment to diversity and its evolving multilingual culture are encouraged to apply.


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