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Provost Fellows Program

“Few institutions think systematically about the development of administrative leadership. Yet, the skills and qualifications necessary for success as a professor are not the same as those required for success as a department chair, dean, or president.” — (Cited from the American Council of Education)

While Drexel has a wealth of talent among its faculty, few faculty members have the opportunity to explore senior administration and make meaningful contributions to advancing strategic initiatives at the University level. The Office of the Provost is pleased to welcome applications for the 2021-2022 cohort of Provost Fellows. The goal of the program is to provide exceptional faculty with a more expansive range of leadership experiences at the University level and harness faculty expertise in advancing the goals of our University.

Apply by April 30, 2021

Role

A Provost Fellow is a faculty member who partners with senior administration to spearhead a project critical to Drexel’s success. As part of the program, Fellows will become familiar with university-wide academic initiatives, implementation of strategic initiatives, budget planning, and challenges in higher education.

Appointment

Fellows will continue to engage in their departmental teaching and research responsibilities and will be provided with appropriate release time and administrative resources to facilitate the leadership of a predetermined special project. Projects may extend an entire academic year, a single term or more. Fellows will meet bi-weekly with the senior administrator directing their project and participate in Provost Fellow-specific programming. 

Release time and administrative resources will be provided at a level commensurate with the demands of each Fellowship. Fellows are not permitted to teach overload during the fellowship period. Release time will be provided for academic year projects, while summer projects may be compensated by additional pay. Colleges or schools will be compensated on a per-course basis to pay for a part-time faculty member to replace the Provost Fellow. 

Full-time tenured faculty members and full-time teaching, research and clinical faculty are eligible to apply for a Provost Fellowship. Faculty members should have achieved the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. While multiple applicants from a single School or College may be submitted, typically, only one Fellow per School or College will be awarded. We anticipate awarding between three to five fellowships this year.

Application Process

For the 2021-22 Provost Fellow Program, we are asking prospective Fellows to commit to one of a variety of different projects related to the University Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan and its initiatives can be found at drexel.edu/strategicplan. Click to download a non-exhaustive list of potential projects [PDF] that are of interest to the Provost’s Office senior leadership.

In order to develop their proposal, prospective fellows are encouraged to discuss their plans with appropriate members of the Provost’s staff prior to submitting a formal application. Please contact Erin McNamara Horvat, Senior Vice Provost, if initial direction is needed to identify the appropriate member of the Provost’s staff. 

Applications should be submitted electronically by April 30, 2021, in full, as a single PDF document to OFAawards@drexel.edu, and should include:

  • A curriculum vitae and a one-page letter from the applicant addressed to Provost Jensen describing why they are interested in the Fellows’ program and what they hope to achieve. The letter should articulate interest in one or more of the initiatives in the University Strategic Plan and should address the capacity of the applicant to make a meaningful contribution in this/these area(s). If possible, specific objectives or outcomes for the project and a timeline should be articulated. The letter should also describe the way in which the fellowship will provide a professional development opportunity for the faculty member/Fellow.
  • An email message or letter from the applicant’s Department Head and Dean that indicates their support of the faculty member’s candidacy.

Review Process

The Provost, in partnership with senior academic administrators, will evaluate all applications. Applications will be evaluated based on overall fit with current needs and the overall strength of the application. Decisions on all applications will be communicated to applicants by June 1. 

If you have questions about the application process or eligibility, please contact Erin McNamara Horvat, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Undergraduate Affairs, at emh@drexel.edu.