Vice President of Academic Affairs

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces the search for a new Vice President for Academic Affairs. MCLA’s next VPAA will be visionary and academically focused as a leader, experienced as a teacher and scholar, accomplished as a strategic thinker and planner, consultative by nature, decisive in practice, and informed about the 21st century learner. MCLA belongs to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), a distinctive national collaborative of 29 public liberal arts colleges where academic rigor and high impact educational experiences are central to the undergraduate program.

Candidates for the VPAA position will find at MCLA a vibrant college with a practice of transformative student-centered education and a deep civic engagement ethic. The College’s distinctive mission calls for MCLA to promote excellence in teaching and learning, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA prepares its graduates to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens. The learning and teaching culture is enhanced by leading edge initiatives that include a campus-wide Undergraduate Research Conference, a robust Honors Program, increased emphasis and success in the STEM fields, and an endowment-supported MCLA LEADS Initiative intended to promote new curricular and co-curricular programming centered on innovation, entrepreneurship, community development, and leadership.

In addition to providing overall academic leadership at MCLA, the new VPAA’s agenda will include immersion in the implementation of a new strategic plan, the maintenance of a strong and healthy system of shared governance, empowerment and management of an extensive academic affairs staff and program, celebration of diversity and inclusion with a focus on increasing the diversity of the faculty and staff, enhancement of an environment that clearly places students at the center of the educational program, and an ability to “lead by ideas” thereby further enhancing the creative outlook at MCLA.

Enrollment in fall 2017 was 1,588, of which 1,407 were undergraduates with the balance in graduate programs. Twenty-five percent of MCLA’s students are first generation, and average SAT and ACT scores are 1030 and 24 respectively. Twenty-three percent of undergraduates come from diverse backgrounds. The College offers 22 majors and more than 80 programs at the undergraduate level and a number of graduate level programs. Ninety-three full time faculty and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1 ensures a deep and engaged learning environment for students. MCLA serves as a powerful economic development engine for the city of North Adams and Berkshire County, an area rich in natural beauty and unparalleled cultural resources.

Prior to making an application, prospective candidates should review the VPAA Search Profile at Candidates are requested to submit materials by noon on Wednesday, April 4, for most favorable consideration. All inquiries will be received in full confidence by Dr. Thomas B. Courtice, Search Consultant,

MCLA is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its educational
programs, activities and employment practices. The college complies with all federal, state,
and local laws and regulations advancing equal employment. Applicants who will enrich the
diversity of the campus community are strongly encouraged to apply.