Located on 320 picturesque acres on the shores of Seneca Lake in Geneva, NY, and guided by a curriculum grounded in exploration and rigor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS or the Colleges) prepare students to think critically and value global citizenship, teamwork, ethics, inclusive excellence, and cultural competence. With a student body comprised of approximately 2,262 undergraduate students, the Colleges enjoy a rich heritage based on a two-college system rooted in interdisciplinary teaching and research. Originally founded as two separate colleges (Hobart for men in 1822 and William Smith for women in 1908), HWS now operates under a coordinate college system, in which all students share the same campus, faculty, administration, and curriculum. Each college maintains its own traditions, deans, student government, and athletic department, giving students a number of outstanding leadership opportunities. With 45 majors, 68 minors, and an invigorating First Year Experience, Hobart and Williams Smith’s extraordinary faculty and students focus intently on learning, along with opportunities for research, study abroad, service learning, and internships, which empower students with the clarity and confidence that translates into viable career and graduate school options. HWS maintains more than 200 professorial faculty; sustains a 10:1 student-faculty ratio; houses 90 percent of the student body in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing; and is ranked #1 in Most Popular Study Abroad Programs in the 2019 Princeton Review and #68 in the 2019 US News & World Report in National Liberal Arts Colleges.
Responsibilities of the Position
Reporting to the President of the Colleges and working in close collaboration with the General Counsel as well as the Division of Campus Life, the Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator oversees a broad portfolio of responsibilities that fosters a welcoming, safe, non-discriminatory, and harassment-free educational, living, and working environment for all members of the HWS community. The Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator directs and administers the Colleges’ compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements of Title IX; the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act; New York Education Law §129-B “Enough is Enough;” and all other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, and sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, stalking, and related retaliation). Within this scope, the Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator conducts the intake assessment and response to reports of sexual misconduct, as well as the processing of all complaint investigations, adjudication, and resolution; facilitates appropriate accommodations, support services, and other interim or protective measures; and works collaboratively with state and federal agencies and general counsel to provide information and/or respond to external investigations or litigation related to the Colleges’ handling of sexual violence matters. Additionally, the Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator develops and administers the Colleges’ comprehensive education and training efforts related to sexual misconduct, providing a robust array of programs, workshops, and other opportunities aimed at the prevention of gender-based discrimination/harassment and gender-based violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator also manages the administration of an annual campus climate sexual misconduct survey; collaborates with the General Counsel to review and update response protocols, the Sexual Misconduct Policy, and any changes in federal/state laws and regulations; regularly partners with internal and external cohorts; confidentially maintains all related Title IX records; and provides all pertinent information on an annual basis for inclusion in the Colleges’ Annual Security Report and other required reporting. The Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator supervises the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and the Title IX Fellow and manages a departmental budget of $80,000.
Characteristics of the Successful Candidate
The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree or other terminal degree preferred), with several years of progressively responsible experience in civil rights compliance, with some or all of this experience working directly with Title IX in a higher education setting. Additional requirements include strong leadership, personnel management, investigatory skills, demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret applicable state and federal laws and regulations, proven knowledge of the complexities surrounding sexual misconduct, and an understanding and sensitivity to the effects of trauma. The successful candidate must possess the ability to evaluate and assess policies and systems, facilitate change processes, lead with integrity, leverage technology, and hold a vision for strengthening care and service through the integration of best practices in the field of sexual and interpersonal violence prevention. Strong interpersonal and communication skills; dynamic presentation, facilitation, education and training abilities; expertise in problem-solving and conflict-resolution; and sophisticated project management, organizational, and analytical skills will also be important considerations in the selection of the new Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator. Demonstrated success in and a commitment to diversity and inclusion, providing equitable and respectful treatment to all individuals, and fostering positive relationships with diverse constituencies are essential for success.
In addition to the minimum academic and experiential requirements indicated above, other desired characteristics, skills, actions, and/or abilities noted from discussions with campus stakeholders include the following:
- a progressive background in Title IX, education, or student affairs, preferably in a small, private, higher education setting;
- additionally, a legal background and/or experience in an Office of Civil Rights is desirable;
- demonstrated collaboration skills with internal departments and external colleagues, with the ability to understand the importance of interconnectedness and partnerships;
- an understanding of the needs of today’s student population, with the specific ability to be relatable to and approachable by students at all times;
- strong leadership abilities that inspire and develop staff, providing professional and personal development opportunities and promoting unity and teamwork throughout the department;
- in-depth knowledge of the legal implications of Title IX and other sexual assault prevention legislation/policy, a focus on the needs and rights of both victims and the accused, and a strong and deep understanding of the neurobiological and medical issues related to sexual assault cases;
- a comprehensive commitment to education and the innovative delivery of educational and training programs to the campus community;
- demonstrated skills as an advocate and champion for diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice, and a willingness to stand up for these values;
- an excellent and transparent communicator with excellent public relations skills and the ability to reach all levels of the Colleges, as well as external stakeholders, including the ability to effectively speak to the press, parents, and the campus community;
- a highly visible individual who is willing to get out of the office, attend student events, serve on campus committees, and proactively interact with the campus community;
- demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with and address the particular needs of faculty;
- experience in diplomacy and the ability to work in a politically-charged environment;
- able to listen carefully, ask knowledgeable questions, learn the department and its intricacies, accept input from staff, and then make well-informed decisions that are best for the HWS students;
- possess strategic vision and ability to motivate all levels of staff to support that vision;
- possess problem-solving skills, with the ability to determine needs, address issues, and manage change effectively;
- a systems thinker, i.e., someone who can develop systems and/or protocols such as case tracking and explain them effectively to others;
- excellent time management skills and the ability to multi-task and delegate;
- energy and enthusiasm for the role, passion for the work, and a positive attitude, even in the face of adversity;
- in serving as a strong partner to Public Safety, possess basic knowledge of the Clery Act and understand the needs of the Clery reporting structure;
- ability to engage the campus community and effectively and transparently explain the roles and functions of the Title IX office (i.e., tell the “story” of Title IX);
- an innovator with a futuristic orientation and a willingness to try new opportunities, remain informed on new trends and best practices, and lead significant change processes;
- the ability to make difficult decisions when necessary and to balance the needs of the people with the needs of the organization;
- an awareness of the unique needs of the various underrepresented student populations on campus and the ability to serve these students effectively in an unbiased and compassionate manner;
- an understanding of the unique nature of the coordinate system of higher education and how HWS implements this tradition; and
- a sense of urgency when working through sensitive issues.
History of the Position
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are initiating a search to replace the outgoing Title IX Coordinator, Susan Lee, who is retiring. Susan has been with the Colleges since 2015 and has, along with other members of the Colleges’ senior leadership team, taken the Office of Title IX Programs and Compliance from an office of one to an office of three, shepherding the Title IX function during a time of growth and change. In the fall of 2014, prior to Susan coming on board, the office was staffed for a brief period by an experienced attorney from a nearby law firm with support from members of the Colleges’ staff. During this phase for the office, major sections of the current Sexual Misconduct Policy were drafted following the April 29, 2014, Dear Colleague Letter “Q&A” from the Office for Civil rights that built upon the April 4, 2011, Dear Colleague Letter.
Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position
The next Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator must possess a broad and deep understanding of national best practices with regard to Title IX policy, practice, implementation, advocacy, and reporting requirements. The AVP should be an experienced leader capable of managing crises and complex situations, unwaveringly committed to the well-being and support of students, and equipped to contribute at both a strategic and operational level at a highly regarded liberal arts institution. It will be vitally important to identify a competent and visionary individual who can ideate and execute a wide array of programs and training, promote and develop the staff/team, set departmental priorities, and boldly lead Title IX into the future. The following were identified as possible opportunities, priorities, and challenges that will face the new Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator at Hobart and William Smith Colleges:
- The scope of responsibilities of the Title IX Office is both deep and wide, and the new AVP will need to quickly become familiar with all aspects under their purview in order to develop a comprehensive list of priorities. Included in those responsibilities are prevention, advocacy, and compliance, and the AVP will need to understand the division/relationship between the violence prevention and the compliance areas of the position. There will be ample opportunity for the AVP to assess the organizational structure of the department, recommend any updates or reorganization strategies to the administration, and become known as the Title IX “expert” on campus. Upon arrival, the AVP should expect a fast pace and a fresh and vibrant environment in which to work. With this fast pace also comes high expectations though, so the new AVP should be ready to immediately begin the process upon arrival.
- It will also be essential that the new Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator commit to a comprehensive culture of collaboration and partnering across campus for maximum effectiveness. Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to building relationships as a foundation of the campus culture, and strong collaboration is an absolute necessity in all endeavors to ensure success. The Title IX Office touches a vast number of individuals, departments, and other campus entities, so it will be crucial that the new AVP quickly reaches out across these areas to build strong relationships and partnerships to foster ongoing positive relationships and act as a “connector” in all instances. These connections are absolutely essential in order to assess real needs, provide Title IX-specific programs, and ensure students are comprehensively supported at all times. Additionally, the HWS Title IX Office works closely with the local police, victims’ rights organizations, and other external agencies in a number of situations, so the new AVP should continue to foster strong collaborative relationships with these entities at all times.
- Educational programs and sexual assault prevention training opportunities are an integral responsibility of the Title IX Office, so the AVP will need to quickly assess and evaluate the current programmatic offerings, determine a strategic plan for improving programs and/or sunsetting others, and develop new and innovative opportunities to present training and other educational programs to the campus community.
- Innovation and new ideas are focal points within the HWS community, so there is a great deal of support for new ideas, cutting-edge innovations, and national best practices. With support from the administration, colleagues, and students, the new AVP will find great support in bringing new ideas and advancements to the Title IX table. While funding is not unlimited and not all new proposals can be undertaken, the new AVP will find that well-researched ideas with comprehensive data backing them up will be considered and given thorough vetting. Seeking out best practices at other institutions and remaining current on other professional benchmarking opportunities will be greatly encouraged, and these efforts will give the new AVP the opportunity to put their own professional “mark” on the program moving forward.
- With a number of new Title IX regulations being set forth by the federal government, it will be essential for the AVP to be intimately familiar with these new policies and how they should most effectively be integrated with current policies and practices already implemented on the Hobart and William Smith campuses. It will then be a priority to ensure that all information is communicated appropriately.
- It is essential that the Title IX Office be perceived in a positive light and the essential services provided to the students of HWS be highlighted and promoted. While the administrative duties of the position are often office-centric, it will be expected that the AVP be visible and accessible around campus, be involved with students and the community, personally promote programs and training opportunities, collaborate with colleagues on projects and committees, and serve as the “face” of the Title IX Department, all of which will require quality time outside the physical office space and in the student/campus realm.
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important parts of the Hobart and William Smith community, and the AVP should be a leader in supporting, understanding, embracing, and nurturing these concepts. There are a number of underrepresented populations within the institution, and the Title IX Office needs to be a model for maintaining a strong sense of equity and an unbiased, supportive environment at all times.
- Across the board, stakeholders reiterated that they liked working at HWS, are very supportive of each other, enjoy the vibrancy of the university, feel much camaraderie, and believe that there are many opportunities to make a big difference in this role. Like the campus community, the Geneva community is also very close-knit and welcoming to new members. Within that community, there are ample opportunities for community involvement; the living environment is described as relaxed, casual, and in a state of revival; the wineries are plentiful and inviting; and Seneca Lake, part of the Finger Lakes, provides an amazing backdrop for recreation, sports, and other outdoor activities.
Measures of Success for the Position
At an appropriate interval after joining Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the items listed below will initially define success for the new Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator.
- Strong relationships, partnerships, and trust have been established across a wide array of campus and external stakeholders.
- The Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator is seen as the “face” of the Title IX office as well as the campus expert in this field, and the Title IX Office is recognized for its high-end service by the campus community.
- Decisions emanating from this office are seen as fair and equitable (even when those decisions are not always popular).
- A solid array of educational programs and training opportunities have been developed and implemented.
- As much as is appropriate, the Title IX policies, process, procedures, and communications are transparent and readily available.
- Climate surveys show an improved student attitude toward the services, they feel they are being heard and respected, they have confidence in the office, and they feel comfortable visiting or sending a friend or colleague to the Title IX Office
- Faculty support the AVP/Title IX Coordinator and feel comfortable sending students to this office.
- A new strategic plan is in place that will map out the direction for the office and the program over the next few years.
- As much as possible, the Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator is involved with the student body and the administration across campus outside the confines and responsibilities of the office.
Located on 320 acres in the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes Region, Hobart and William Smith are independent liberal arts colleges distinctive for providing highly individualized educations. Guided by a curriculum grounded in exploration and rigor, the Colleges prepare students to think critically. In partnership with the Geneva and global communities and through robust programs in career development, study-abroad, service, leadership, and athletics, the Colleges foster an environment that values global citizenship, teamwork, ethics, inclusive excellence, and cultural competence.
Under the mentorship of faculty, Hobart and William Smith students gain the necessary clarity to be competitive when seeking employment. They win prestigious fellowships like the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Udall, Fulbright and Goldwater. They gain admittance to the best graduate programs in the country. They go on to lead lives of consequence.
The Coordinate Tradition
The Colleges enjoy a rich heritage based on a two-college system rooted in interdisciplinary teaching and research. Originally founded as two separate colleges (Hobart for men in 1822 and William Smith for women in 1908), HWS now operates under a coordinate college system. All students share the same campus, faculty, administration, and curriculum. Each college maintains its own traditions, deans, student government, and athletic department, giving students additional leadership opportunities.
John Henry Hobart, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, announces his plans for establishing a college in Geneva.
With the construction of its first building complete, Geneva College opens its doors to students. The all-male college was renamed Hobart College in 1852 in memory of its founder.
Elizabeth Blackwell graduates at the top of her class from Geneva Medical College, making her the first woman in America to receive the degree of Doctor of Medicine.
The Hobart Herald, the student newspaper, begins as a monthly publication.
Geneva Nurseryman William Smith signs a deed of gift that establishes William Smith College – a “Coordinate School for Women.” The college enrolled its first class of 18 students two years later. The two colleges – Hobart for men and William Smith for women – share the same faculty, facilities, and administration, yet take classes separately.
The first joint commencement is held, eroding some of the strict separations between Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women.
Hobart College contracts with the Department of the Navy to establish a unit of the Naval V-12 program on campus, ensuring adequate enrollments for the Colleges during the war years.
A new curriculum known to students as “Western Civ” is established, the core of which is a sequence of “coordinate courses” dealing with the history, philosophy, and literature of Western civilization and its social and political institutions.
On the occasion of William Smith College’s 50th anniversary, the first Elizabeth Blackwell Award is presented to medical missionary Gwendolyn Grant Mellon.
Hobart and William Smith’s team on television’s General Electric Bowl retires undefeated.
WEOS (W – Echo of Seneca), which was established somewhere between 1947 and 1949, is converted from AM to FM and begins broadcasting a variety of live and recorded music, news, and sports, including programming from NPR.
The Koshare Dance Collective debuts on the Bartlett Theatre stage. Today, Koshare is held at the Smith Opera House and draws nearly 2,000 attendees.
A new curriculum, to take effect for the classes of 1990, includes distribution requirements for courses in each academic division; a first-year “Ways of Knowing” course; sophomore-year disciplinary courses; and a strong recommendation of off-campus study, preferably abroad, during the junior year.
The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men is founded. Through curricular, programmatic, and scholarly projects, the Center encourages the HWS community to explore the important issues facing men and women of our time. A men’s studies minor, the first in the nation, is offered.
The President’s Forum Speaker Series is launched and kicks off with a discussion on public service and volunteerism from Hillary Clinton.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges become the first college or university in the United States to offer an undergraduate major in the field of LGBT/Queer Studies. Now in its second decade in existence, The LGBT Studies program at HWS continues to grow and evolve.
The Finger Lakes Institute, an organization dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes region, is established and housed at 601 South Main Street in Geneva.
HWS President Mark D. Gearan signs the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, making Hobart and William Smith Colleges a charter member of an effort to reduce emissions of gases responsible for global warming.
In commemoration of the William Smith Centennial, the Centennial Center for Leadership is established at 603 South Main Street as an innovative space where HWS students can gain access to coursework, presentations, workshops, and community projects that deepen their understanding of leadership.
Campaign for the Colleges raises more than $205 million, making it the largest and most comprehensive fundraising effort in the Colleges’ history. In total, $74 million was added to the endowment, creating more than 90 new student scholarships, three new endowed professorships, and 57 new endowed funds supporting programs in technology, public service, and internships. The Campaign also allowed the Colleges to embark on a comprehensive campus revitalization initiative, constructing six new buildings and significantly renovating 22 others, as well as providing support for innovative programs that are housed in the new Rosensweig Learning Commons, the Finger Lakes Institute, and the Centennial Center for Leadership.
The new Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, named in honor of President Mark D. Gearan and Mary Herlihy Gearan, opens on campus. The facility provides academic and performance space for the departments of music, dance, theatre, and media and society.
The longest serving president in the history of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Mark D. Gearan L.H.D. ‘17 retired at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. Dr. Gregory J. Vincent ‘83 was appointed the 27th President of Hobart College and the 16th of William Smith College in April of 2017.
Dr. Vincent left the Colleges in early 2018, and Professor Emeritus of Economics of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D.’12, is serving as Interim President until July 1, 2019, when Dr. Joyce P. Jacobsen begins her role as the 29th President of Hobart College and the 18th of William Smith College.
About Geneva, NY
Hobart and William Smith are located on a spectacular 195-acre campus along the northern tip of Seneca Lake in the City of Geneva. Seneca Lake, formed by receding glaciers during the most recent ice age, is the largest of the Finger Lakes, and the second deepest lake in all of New York State. Geneva, with a population of 13,300 residents, is just part of the 9,000 square-mile Finger Lakes region. The area is known for its natural splendor, more than 100 wineries, and historic roles in both the women’s rights movement and the Underground Railroad. This area is rich in history and natural beauty and serves as a remarkable living and learning environment for students, faculty, and staff.
When an entire community comes together to support its youth, the results can be truly transformative.
Since 2011, Geneva 2020, a collective impact initiative, has worked to harness the resources of the entire Geneva community—nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals—to support the education of Geneva’s children from the “cradle to career.” We have worked with community members and the Geneva City School District to identify these key areas to support our children:
- Kindergarten Readiness (age 0-5 development)
- Literacy Success
- STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Design and Math) Success
- Graduation Rate Improvement
- College and Career Readiness
There have been great strides since 2011, highlighted by an increase in the graduation rate from 70.7 percent to 84.9 percent, but there is still much to do.
For more information about Geneva, NY, visit the Chamber of Commerce website at http://genevany.com/
Mission and Vision
Hobart and William Smith Colleges prepare students to lead lives of consequence.
The Curriculum: The Colleges are defined by a longstanding focus on educating and thinking across academic disciplines, and the close work of research and creativity that connects faculty and students.
The Residential Experience
Students live and learn on campus in a vibrant environment that celebrates difference, values collaboration, and builds community.
Geneva, N.Y.: At HWS, there exists a widespread and compelling commitment to learning through service, educating students who are civically engaged, and graduates who are active citizens.
Our Place in the Environment: In the heart of the Finger Lakes, Hobart and William Smith are located on the shore of Seneca Lake in an area rich in natural resources, history, and beauty. To preserve and protect our region, the Colleges are dedicated to environmental research and education, and have pledged carbon neutrality by 2025.
Global Perspectives: Through a robust study abroad program, a campus community with strong international affiliations, and a curriculum that prizes curiosity, students form an appreciation for the vivid diversity of human cultures as they also seek connections and similarities within that diversity.
Inclusive Excellence: Students are pushed beyond the boundaries of the familiar and the narratives of past experience to understand and embrace multiple identities and experiences. The result is a culture of respect on campus, one grounded in the inherent dignity of all people and that students carry with them when they graduate.
Coordinate Heritage: Founded as two separate colleges, Hobart for men in 1822 and William Smith for women in 1908, Hobart and William Smith Colleges preserve their own identities while benefitting from a shared campus, faculty, administration, and curriculum. From the matriculation ceremonies at Orientation through the Hobart Launch and William Smith Alumnae Welcome at graduation, each College celebrates its own traditions and heritage. Hobart College and William Smith College also maintain their own deans, student governments, and athletic departments, providing students with a contemporary, 21st century construct to interrogate gender and difference.
Outcomes: Through a sophisticated career development program and under the mentorship of faculty, students gain the necessary clarity to be competitive when seeking employment, win prestigious fellowships, and gain admittance to the best graduate programs in the country.
Patrick A McGuire L.H.D., Interim President
Professor Emeritus of Economics of Hobart and William Smith Colleges Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D.’12 is serving as Interim President during a national search for a new president. McGuire is a respected scholar, innovative teacher, and dedicated community member who has served the Colleges in a variety of leadership roles for more than 40 years, including as co-chair of the Culture of Respect initiative and interim provost and dean of faculty.
Educated at St. Peter’s College before receiving his MA and PhD from Fordham University, McGuire joined the Colleges’ faculty in 1968 and in the subsequent decades has mentored generations of Hobart and William Smith students, guiding dozens of Honors projects and independent studies. McGuire co-founded the Colleges’ Public Policy program in Washington, D.C., which he led as faculty director 10 times. An instrumental force in the growth of the Colleges’ off-campus and global studies programming, he co-taught the “Two Cities” bi-disciplinary course for more than 20 years, and also led HWS off-campus programs in Ireland, England, and Central Europe, as well as a Semester at Sea.
As interim provost and dean of faculty, McGuire oversaw the Colleges’ academic programming, hiring and evaluation of faculty, and oversight of the registrar’s office and library staff, along with other academic services. During his career at HWS, McGuire also chaired the Economics Department, held leadership roles on several faculty committees and was a regular participant in the annual Wall Street Experience Program, a two-day off-campus program that connects HWS students with alumni and employers from global investment banks, ratings agencies, and hedge funds in Manhattan. In collaboration with his students, McGuire completed an economic impact report that tracked the Colleges’ effect on Geneva.
With fellow faculty and students, McGuire helped launch the Colleges’ Second Chances Program, which gives inmates at Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, N.Y., the opportunity to take college-level courses. Since retiring from the faculty in 2013, McGuire has remained an engaged member of both the HWS and Geneva communities. He has served as co-chair of the Culture of Respect initiative that was launched in 2014. In the local community, he continues to serve on the boards of the Geneva Boys & Girls Club and Finger Lakes Credit Union, and has served on the Success for Geneva’s Children board and a committee to help create a comprehensive master plan for Geneva.
McGuire is a steadfast member of the HWS community, serving as a friend and adviser to HWS graduates and, with his wife Sandy, has co-directed five alumni and parent trips to Ireland. In recognition of his mentorship, the Hobart graduates of 2010 made him an honorary member of their class. When McGuire announced his 2013 retirement, dozens of HWS graduates returned to campus to attend his last class. In honor of McGuire’s longtime service to the Colleges, one former student, HWS Trustee Andrew G. McMaster Jr. ‘74, P’09, donated the McGuire House, a residence for visiting scholars.
This spring, the Joint Executive Committee of the Hobart Alumni Association and William Smith Alumnae Association named McGuire a recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award that will be presented during Reunion in June 2018. Established in 1990, the Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes the importance that graduates of the Colleges place on the contributions of outstanding faculty members for their impact as teachers, mentors, and scholars.
Dr. Joyce P. Jacobsen, President-Elect
Dr. Joyce P. Jacobsen begins her role as the 29th President of Hobart College and the 18th of William Smith College on July 1, 2019.
Joyce P. Jacobsen earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University and M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with her A.B. in economics as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She began her academic career in 1988 as an assistant professor at Rhodes College before going to Wesleyan University in 1993. She earned full professor at Wesleyan in 2000, and was awarded an endowed chair as Andrews Professor of Economics in 2003. She was the recipient of the University’s prestigious Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2007. She began her work as an administrator in 2013 when she was appointed Dean of Social Sciences and Director of Global Initiatives at Wesleyan, and then Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2015. She is currently Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wesleyan University.
An expert on labor economics, particularly the economics of gender, Jacobsen is the author of scores of journal articles, book chapters and book reviews exploring sex segregation, migration and the effects of labor force intermittency on women’s earnings, as well as the economics of wine and other collectibles. Her books include The Economics of Gender, Queer Economics: A Reader (co-edited with her former student, Adam Zeller, who started the project as a senior essay) and the textbook Labor Markets and Employment Relationships (with Gilbert L. Skillman).
Jacobsen has been a visiting professor at Colorado College and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where she held the Jantina Tammes Chair in Gender Studies. She has consulted for the World Bank, the ACLU and other nonprofit organizations. She served as editor of Eastern Economic Journal (2005-10) and on the editorial boards of a number of professional journals. Jacobsen was President of the International Association for Feminist Economics from 2016-17, served as a member of the American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, and is currently an elected board member of the Eastern Economic Association. During the past 20 years, she has been a member of several projects and working groups for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
Jacobsen is married to Bill Boyd, Visiting Scholar in the Quantitative Analysis Center at Wesleyan, who holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, an M.S. in computer science from the University of Memphis, and a B.S. in physics from Rhodes College. Jacobsen and Boyd have two grown children, Catherine Boyd and Kenneth Boyd. Jacobsen has two grown stepchildren, Will Boyd and Kara Boyd Nunn; and five step-grandchildren. Originally from Reno, Nevada, Jacobsen is the only child of William Jacobsen, Professor Emeritus of English at University of Nevada, Reno, an expert on North American Indian languages, including Makah, Salinan and Washoe, and Virginia Chan, an academic administrator who worked for the Basque Studies program at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Jacobsen will succeed Interim President Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12, who was appointed following the resignation of President Gregory J. Vincent ’83. She begins her presidency on July 1, 2019. The Presidential Search, led by committee co-chairs and Vice Chairs of the HWS Board of Trustees Cynthia Gelsthorpe Fish ’82 and Andrew G. McMaster Jr. ’74, P’09, began in June of 2018. The Colleges consulted with the Chicago-based executive search firm, Isaacson, Miller, which helped identify candidates and coordinate the process that led to the selection of Jacobsen.
The Academic Program
What makes an HWS education distinctive? It is the focus on learning.
It all starts with the First-Year Seminar, with choices spanning everything from sustainable living and contemporary issues in Africa to the nature of creativity and Einstein’s theory of relativity.
As a member of the intellectual community at HWS, students have access to talented, caring professors and work closely with their faculty advisers to design an academic plan that is tailored to their own interests, strengths and goals.
With 45 majors and 68 minors, the flexibility of the curriculum along with opportunities for research, study abroad, service learning, and internships, empower students with the clarity and confidence that translates into viable career and graduate school options.
- Faculty: 221 full-time
- Student-Faculty Ratio: 10:1
- Average Class Size: 16 students
- Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts in Teaching
- Study Abroad: 60 percent of HWS students study abroad in nearly 50 locations around the world
- Classes taught by teaching assistants: 0 percent
- Number of languages spoken by Dean of Hobart College Eugen Baer: 13
The Student Body
- Students – 2,262 undergraduate students
- Students who discuss classwork with a professor outside of class: 96 percent
- Students hail from: 40 states and 35 countries
- Number of languages spoken on campus: More than 50
- Hours of service performed by members of the HWS community in the 2015-2016 academic year: more than 90,000
- Students who participate in community service, service-learning, and community based research: 100 percent
- Students receiving some form of financial aid (need and merit): 88 percent
- Enrolled students (Classes of 2020) who applied Early Decision: 45 percent
The Hobart and William Smith Classes of 2022 bring to campus an outstanding array of academic and personal accomplishments. Here’s a look at this talented cohort by the numbers.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges provides a benefit program that enriches an employee’s total compensation package and is responsive both to the diversity of its employees and to the many life changes individuals experience during their employment.
- Robust Medical/Dental/Vision Plans
- Prescription Drug Plan
- Life/AD&D Insurances
- Tuition Assistance Plans, including Tuition Exchange, Remission, Reimbursement, and Grant programs
- Excellent Retirement Program
- Short-term Disability Plan
- Flexible Spending Accounts
For a more detailed look at HWS benefits, visit the website at https://www.hws.edu/offices/hr/benefits/index.aspx
Review of applications will begin March 8, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
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