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2015-2016 Provost’s Fellows Application

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The Provost’s Fellows Program provides academic leadership experience in key central administrative roles for faculty and administrative staff at the Johns Hopkins University.  Each Fellow studies an issue of strategic importance to the university and prepares for the Provost a set of recommendations for implementation.

Program Description

The Provost’s Fellows Program is designed to develop leadership skills for accomplished faculty and administrative staff.  Fellows participate in a range of mentoring and learning opportunities while collaborating with colleagues in other academic and administrative offices across the university. Fellows also assume leadership roles on critical strategic initiatives and projects, designed in conjunction with their individual interests and longer-range career goals. As part of the program, Fellows will become familiar with university-wide academic initiatives, strategic planning, budget management, and current trends in higher education.  Fellows are expected to prepare a work plan at the beginning of each academic year and complete a final report at the end of the academic year.

The goal of the program is to provide faculty and staff members with a more expansive range of leadership experiences in university administration.  As part of this experience, Fellows will participate in a range of learning opportunities, including serving as a visiting member of the Provost’s Strategic Planning Team.  In addition, each fellow works with a primary mentor, a vice provost, in the Provost’s Office.

Some former Provost’s Fellows have been appointed as vice provosts at Johns Hopkins University, and others have taken principal leadership positions in academia and private industry, and federal appointments at the National Institutes of Health.


Fellows give one day per week or 20% effort toward the program (20% of both base compensation and benefits), maintaining 80% effort in their home units during this time. The Provost’s Office will work with each Fellow’s home academic unit/department to provide teaching release during the appointment.  The typical term for the appointment is one year with renewable terms up to three years.

Fellows also will be provided a modest discretionary travel and/or training budget. These resources can be used to fund activities on campus, to learn about organizational and leadership structures and processes at other institutions of higher education, to participate in formal training opportunities, and to attend relevant conferences in higher education.

Start dates for appointments for the next cohort of Provost’s Fellows are flexible but preferably before January 1, 2016.


Full-time faculty members and professional staff of all academic and professional disciplines from all university divisions, schools, libraries, and APL, are eligible to apply for a Provost’s Fellowship.  Prior leadership experience is preferred but not required.

Areas of Focus for Fellow Appointments

Five Provost’s Fellowships are available for the 2015-2016 academic year in areas of strategic importance within the purview of the Provost’s Office:

Faculty Diversity: Mentor: Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy

  • The faculty diversity portfolio will emphasize and prioritize activities and programs to assist divisions with the development of divisional diversity plans, recruit and retain a diverse faculty, develop workforce pipelines to increase diverse faculty, identify and launch diverse scholarly opportunities for the university community, and establish routine faculty data metrics across the university to monitor progress. This portfolio will align with and support the efforts of the Campus Community and Diversity portfolio.

Campus Community and Diversity: Mentor: Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Chief Diversity Officer Caroline Laguerre-Brown

  • The campus community and diversity portfolio will include activities such as supporting university-wide diversity planning efforts; initiatives to assess and improve the campus climate; participation in the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council; and campus connections with community groups. This portfolio will align with and support the efforts of the Faculty Diversity portfolio.

Management Reporting and Analytics: Mentor: Provost Robert Lieberman

  • The management reporting and analytics portfolio will include activities such as providing data analytic support for task forces and special projects, developing routine management reports & publication schedule for the office of the provost; and, assisting with the preparation of presentations to ensure the data and findings represented are clearly described.

Education: Mentor: Vice Provost for Education Kelly Gebo

  • The education portfolio will include activities such as supporting strategic initiatives to provide excellence in undergraduate and graduate education; leadership of related committees and task forces aimed at distinguishing the Johns Hopkins undergraduate student experience; and participation in decision-making related to graduate and undergraduate education programming and initiatives.

Undergraduate Research: Mentor: Vice Provost for Research Denis Wirtz

  • The undergraduate research portfolio will include activities such as assessing undergraduate research activities in our current university system; leadership of committees and task forces to design system and process enhancements that facilitate undergraduate research across the university; and participation in decision making related to undergraduate research efforts and opportunities on all campuses.


Full applications from candidates should include:

  • A letter of interest specifying the area of focus, and describing the basis of the applicant’s interest in a fellowship and their goals for the fellowship period and beyond. The letter can also include one or two project ideas and a brief description of relevant academic or administrative leadership experience (letter to be no longer than 3 pages).
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A letter of recommendation from the candidate’s dean or department chair, or for staff positions, the candidate’s department head.

Please email complete applications as one PDF to [email protected] by August 14, 2015.  Interviews are anticipated to take place during the weeks of August 24th and 31st, with notifications in the beginning of September.

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