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
ANTIOCH COLLEGE HISTORY
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
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 COLLEGE STRENGTHS
- 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.
ANTIOCH COLLEGE CHALLENGES
- 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
- The College aims to create partnerships to sustain its future
and diversify its financial base beyond traditional
- 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.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
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:
- Enact college-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion
- 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.
- Develop, evaluate, and deliver a rigorous liberal arts
curriculum that creatively interweaves scholarship and life
- Expand revenue base to augment student-derived income and
donations and ensure financial sustainability.
- 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
- Build Antioch College’s reputation in national higher education
circles and local, regional, and national college-going students
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
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
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
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
- Oversee and supervise all faculty, academic staff, and
- Provide leadership in planning, budgeting, and implementing the
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Experience developing, implementing, and evaluating
instructional programs and services
- Strong skills in collaborative leadership and collegial
- Commitment to the liberal arts and experiential learning
- Demonstrated effective oral, written and interpersonal
- Ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of
- 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.)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The position is open
until filled, and applications will be reviewed beginning May 16,
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 email@example.com. 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