The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an independent, coeducational, and privately endowed institution, was founded in 1861 and is today one of the world’s top universities. Teaching and research—with relevance to the practical world as a guiding principle—continue to be its primary purpose. Its five schools and one college encompass numerous academic departments, divisions, and degree-granting programs, as well as interdisciplinary centers, laboratories, and programs whose work cuts across traditional departmental boundaries. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, across the Charles River from downtown Boston, MIT is home to 4,530 undergraduate and 6,990 graduate students. Based on MIT’s 2019 survey of enrolled students, 47 percent of undergraduate respondents and 42 percent of graduate respondents reported identifying with a religious, spiritual, or philosophical tradition. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community.

The Position


The Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean, Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life (ORSEL) serves the broad MIT community of faculty, students, and staff in order to create, promote, and support an open and inclusive environment that honors the diversity of the campus community’s spiritual and religious traditions, and perspectives on ethics. The Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean oversees the Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life and over 30 affiliated chaplains, representing many of the world’s religions, spiritualties, and secular practices. A key component of the Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean’s responsibilities will involve collaboration with a group of chaplain Conveners—designated faith community resource leaders, the full spectrum of associated chaplains, and the ORSEL Student Advisory Board to develop and implement innovative programs serving the needs of the MIT student body. Annually, ORSEL supported groups and organizations host approximately 1,500 events ranging from classes, worship, service opportunities, and other programs that invite students to explore and/or deepen a sense of meaning, purpose, and belonging in their lives. The Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean also partners with numerous support services on campus to ensure the spiritual, emotional, and ethical well-being of the MIT community is met. Additional responsibilities include: creation and promotion of opportunities for campus conversations on the intersection of faith and science; active building of community and advocating on behalf of students, ensuring all efforts are conducted without bias in order to be involved in and supportive of issues of campus social justice; providing individual spiritual counseling and direction as needed for students, faculty and staff; presiding at Institute events as appropriate and necessary—memorials, graduation, and invocations at other special events; and partnering with faculty, staff, and MIT administrators in response to campus trauma, unrest, ethical dilemma, or public civil disobedience. The Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean of ORSEL maintains a well-respected, visible presence in the life of the Institute and reports to the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Involvement, as well as serves in an advisory capacity to the Vice President and Dean for Student Life on matters of policy and pastoral, religious, spiritual, ethical, and social justice issues impacting the full spectrum of the campus community.

The institutional job description outlines additional roles and responsibilities of the Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean, ORSEL as mentioned below.

  • Provides vision and unifying leadership that supports the mission, goals, and objectives, as well as a sustainable organizational structure, of ORSEL.
  • Thinks in creative and innovative ways about wellbeing, spirituality, faith, and ethics across MIT.
  • Leads conversations on the role of religious/spiritual/cultural understanding at a large research university and promotes understanding of the ethical implications of scientific discovery and technological innovations.
  • Advocates for students regardless of their religious affiliation.
  • Builds community by gathering members of the Institute community; hosting dinners, teas, etc., bringing diverse individuals and groups together cutting across and bridging boundaries.
  • Plays a critical role in fundraising efforts and initiatives on behalf of ORSEL and other related activities.
  • Represents the Institute to the varied religious and spiritual traditions that interact with and work at MIT, as well as in the larger, external community.
  • Supports the mission of MIT.


The next Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean, Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life will be the third individual to hold essentially this title in the history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The first Chaplain to the Institute, an ordained Protestant minister, was officially appointed to this role in 2007, though had previously served the Institute in a variety of progressive, student-facing roles beginning in the late 1970s. The first Chaplain to the Institute helped to elevate the position among several chaplains working in service to the Institute community, affording “a bigger and more public role.” In the early 1990s, a building proximate to the Eero Saarinen designed MIT chapel was designated as the Religious Activities Center. Under the first Chaplain, the department was known as the Office of Religious Life. Following 37 years of service to the Institute, the first Chaplain retired in 2016.

In July 2017, the second Chaplain to the Institute and Director of Religious Life joined MIT. During their two-year tenure, the second Chaplain to the Institute was instrumental in shaping the organizational structure, as well as reviewing and refining policies, and protocols of the organization. The office assumed a new name—Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life—and, following an external review process, initiated more formal agreements and expectations of engagement with other chaplains associated with the Institute which has helped bring the organization in better alignment with national best practices. In addition, the diversity of religious and spiritual leaders affiliated with ORSEL was expanded to better reflect the full spectrum of community interests and belief systems. During this period, a new system of Conveners was designed and implemented to enhance communication and collaboration across a growing number of chaplains. The system of Conveners replaced what had become an outdated Board of Chaplains model.


This is a time of continued change and opportunity for the next Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean, ORSEL. There is a keen desire to elevate the mission and services of the Office, raising the academic community’s collective awareness and appreciation of the organization, particularly in support of students, their development, and ability to find meaning, purpose, and belonging while pursuing an education at MIT. To do this effectively, the Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean will need to maintain a high visibility throughout the life of the Institute—being present and engaged not only in the daily activities of ORSEL and its related programs, events, and services, but in other aspects of a vibrant, residential community to the extent that time and schedules allow. In addition to being present, the Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean must also be accessible and approachable, maintaining a welcoming persona and open door.

The role itself is multidimensional. The Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean will be a dedicated, integrated member of the Division of Student Life and active member of the Senior Associate Dean’s team focused on championing diversity and community involvement. In this manner, the Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean will be engaged in a wide range of initiatives in partnership with Student Life colleagues and other Institute administrators, student leaders, and volunteers supporting students’ wellbeing and success.

Additionally, this new leader will assume the important responsibility of serving the entire Institute community which includes individuals informed by many, varied faith traditions and/or humanist philosophy (informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion without the construct of theism or other supernatural beliefs), as well as those who may be described as seeking, agnostic, or secular in their outlook and interests. It is the goal of the Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean to welcome all and assure that anyone with a desire to practice their religious, spiritual, and ethical beliefs are afforded an opportunity to do so unencumbered by bias, systemic obstacles, or other hindrances within the boundaries of law and Institute policies and regulations.

Another key challenge and opportunity awaiting the Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean will be the need to minister to the other chaplains. MIT has expanded the number of part-time, voluntary chaplains—who dedicate their time and talents to serve student organizations, as well as individual students, faculty, and staff—to nearly 30 individuals in recent years. Each of these chaplains represent a valuable resource to the MIT community and come to campus with their own traditions and practices. It is incumbent upon the Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean to find a common mission and set of goals that unite these individuals, afford them opportunities to learn from one another, and to foster opportunities for interfaith initiatives which, in turn, can help them expand their on-campus impact beyond that of individual efforts. Strengthening the organizational structure by refining the role of Conveners—who help facilitate the work of colleagues with whom they share fundamental beliefs and improve communication outward to all ORSEL chaplains and advisors—will be an ongoing priority of the Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean. As with any organization, there will also be administrative duties to assure all chaplains are properly vetted, onboarded, and supported in their work with the MIT campus community that will be the responsibility of the Chaplain to the Institute and head of ORSEL.

Additional challenges and opportunities for the new Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean as articulated by stakeholders are listed below.

• Actively support efforts to enhance student mental health and stimulate reflection on how religion, spirituality, and ethical conduct and values contribute to individual wellbeing.
• In collaboration with ORSEL chaplains and staff, as well as other campus partners, the Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean will need to continue to shape, clarify, and socialize the mission, focus, and goals of ORSEL as a whole without diminishing the importance of ongoing work and service of individual groups and faith communities.
• Take the initiative to guide the community as it celebrates the lives of its members and friends, mourns the loss of loved ones, and heals in the wake of trauma.
• Conscientiously connect ORSEL and the work of this Office with all students, especially with underrepresented and/or marginalized individuals and groups. Engagement with the House System and Fraternities, Sororities, and Living Groups that collectively house nearly all undergraduate students and a growing number of graduate students will be one important way to facilitate these connections.
• Through creative use of out-of-class experiences, seize opportunities to engage students in immersive learning and reflective initiatives that will extend their knowledge of, and experience of, ethical, moral, spiritual, and religious practices and promote purpose and meaning in their lives.
• Build strong relationships with the full spectrum of other chaplains developing a foundation of mutual respect and understanding on which constructive, creative partnerships can develop.
• Serve as a visible connector and resource for others throughout the MIT campus.
• During times of crises, engage other ORSEL chaplains in ministering to affected members and in generating an appropriate Institute response.
• Promote understanding of the intersections of faith and science, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion and religion, spirituality, and ethical behavior.
• Be a visible advocate, protecting the right of religious freedom for all and work to secure equitable resources (space, funding, policies, etc.) needed for individual groups to observe and practice their beliefs.
• Working in concert with students, define meaningful, appropriate goals and expectations of the Student Advisory Group—comprised of student organizational representatives—that are aligned with ORSEL and afford these students opportunities to grow and learn from one another while expanding their leadership skills and service to the larger community.
• Listen and respond to the needs of the campus community—secure partners with whom to design creative opportunities and programs through which students and others can grapple with often complex moral and ethical issues.
• Collaborate with student organizations and their advisors/chaplains to promote the intersection of culture and building of a healthy community that supports and sustains the identity, affinity, and affiliation of all members.
• Where possible, break down artificial barriers separating religion, spirituality, humanistic philosophy, and secular thought—promote health and wellbeing, moral and spiritual development, respect for difference, and meaning making as part of the educational experience for students regardless of the academic disciplines (STEM fields and others) they may pursue.
• Use the visibility and importance of one’s position and public platform to advance the mission of ORSEL, the Division of Student Life, and that of MIT, and to speak with authority on matters of social justice and ethical consequence.


By the close of the first year in the role, the following items will define success for the Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean of the Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life. The Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean will have:

  • conducted an active listening tour designed to open communication lines and to build positive rapport with all members of ORSEL, including regular employees, voluntary chaplains, and student organizational leaders and their respective participants;
  • demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the role of Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean;
  • assessed and refined, as appropriate, the ORSEL organizational structure—
    • evaluated all roles and duties in light of departmental mission, purpose, and strategic objectives;
    • designed inclusive and equitable systems and policies, including clarifying and reinforcing performance expectations for all ORSEL chaplains and implementing clear guidelines defining the role of “convener” within the organizational structure;
  • developed an understanding of recent issues impacting the Institute that have evoked pain and disruption;
  • in collaboration with MIT’s Institute Community and Equity Officer, advised Institute senior leaders on restorative justice strategies to facilitate healing from past mistakes and to move forward supporting positive culture change.



A master’s degree in divinity, religious studies, ethics, or related field, and minimum of seven years of experience working in spiritual and religious life (or related capacity) are required. Ordination in a faith tradition is preferred. Additional qualifications that will be important in the selection of the Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean include: excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written); demonstrated effective public speaking ability; positive track record of managing with influence throughout a large organization/institution/congregation; unwavering commitment to diversity and social justice; experience collaborating with diverse groups of religious, spiritual, and secular leaders and concomitant understanding of the intersection between religion, spirituality, and secular traditions and practices; experience conducting interfaith services and providing spiritual counseling and direction; understanding of the impact of one’s role as a leader within the larger MIT community; and experience in a college student services office and/or university setting.

Several MIT stakeholders also indicated the following capabilities and attributes would be attractive in a successful candidate.

  • Demonstrate a track record of exercising and implementing a vision, as well as serving others, including advocating for underrepresented communities.
  • View one’s self as a resource and connector, proactively linking individuals to available resources throughout the campus and/or local community uniquely suited to support their needs.
  • Possess some experience ministering to a technologically oriented community.
  • Facilitate and build authentic relationships with individuals of all backgrounds and ideologies, including those who are non-religious.
  • Exhibit a natural zest for learning and curiosity that spans many religious and spiritual practices, not limited to the Judeo-Christian tradition.
  • Be an active unbiased listener, readily build trust, and serve as a unifying force.
  • Understand issues of mental health and the impact on students—embrace an active role in the continuum of care, supporting student wellbeing on a college campus.
  • Exhibit a gravitas and strong moral centering that fosters engagement with others who are wrestling with difficult questions.
  • Comfortably practice one’s own religion while serving as a vocal advocate for freedom of religion for all.
  • Maintain a ministry of presence—committed to being accessible, approachable, and engaged in the life of the institution, its students, and other members of the community.
  • Be a bridge builder, comfortable operating in an environment in which there is some dynamic, yet productive, tension between science and faith.
  • Possess strong organizational and leadership capabilities—able to bring individuals holding multiple perspectives, traditions, and diverse experiences together in a collegial fashion to achieve common goals and objectives, including individuals who may be unaccustomed to formal supervision and/or working within an organization in which they are not the most senior member of leadership.
  • Possess well-honed conflict resolution and mediation skills.
  • Have a keen desire to serve young adults—be student-centered, empathize with their concerns, respect their autonomy, and support holistic student development and wellbeing.
  • Through prior experience, demonstrate a record of success being mission-driven, collegial and collaborative, and goal oriented.
  • Eagerly embrace the role of “chief comforter” in times of tragedy.
  • Be courageous bringing moral and ethical issues to debate within the community.
  • Be a prophetic leader—someone who creates inclusive spaces to uplift voices that are not being heard, someone who is able to foster healing when others are feeling broken, and someone who can heighten awareness across individuals of multiple identities helping them to find common ground, foster interdependence, and celebrate together.
  • Be regarded as an individual with considerable pastoral strengths, coupled with administrative capabilities and complemented by a transparent leadership style.

Institution & Location

ABOUT THE OFFICE – Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life (ORSEL)

At MIT, there are about 40 active student religious organizations on campus, many of which are supported by one of approximately 30 affiliated professionals in the Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life (ORSEL). The majority of chaplains and advisors (i.e., affiliates) as listed below are not employees of the Institute. Rather, they are volunteers who are supported by their sending organizations to serve and support the MIT campus community. Affiliates support on-campus programming, provide private advice and support to individuals, and advise student religious organizations.

Religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical convictions are important personal identity markers, and the Institute encourages the MIT community to thoughtfully engage with today’s pluralistic world. All members of ORSEL are committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment, and the Office adheres to the Institute’s nondiscrimination policy.

ORSEL affiliates span many faith traditions, philosophies, and perspectives as illustrated by the various groups represented below:

  • Addir Fellows MIT Interfaith Dialogue
  • Asian Baptist Student Koinonia
  • Baha’i
  • Baptist (SBC, CB, and other)
  • Blue Ocean Faith
  • Buddhist
  • Cru
  • Catholic (Roman)
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Episcopal
  • Hindu (Vedanta)
  • Hindu (Vaishnav)
  • Humanist
  • InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Jewish (Hillel)
  • LGBTQ+ Advisor
  • The Leadership Connection
  • Lutheran
  • Muslim (Sunni)
  • Muslim (Shia)
  • Protestant
  • Radius
  • Reformed University Fellowship
  • Seventh-day Adventist
  • Zoroastrian

The organizational structure of ORSEL is depicted as follows:

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The vice president and dean for student life has responsibility for the direction and oversight of MIT’s core student support services in addition to programs that enrich community life. The Division of Student Life encompasses Student Support and Wellbeing; Residential Education; Fraternity, Sorority and Independent Living Groups; Dining; Housing and Residential Services; Intercultural Engagement; LGBTQ Services; Student Development and Leadership; Student Activities; Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life; and the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation.

Dr. Suzy M. Nelson – Vice President and Dean for Student Life

As a member of the chancellor’s senior staff, Suzy M. Nelson provides the strategic vision for, and oversight of, the Division of Student Life (DSL). She was appointed to this leadership position on July 1, 2016, following a comprehensive, national search. A graduate of the higher education doctoral program at Syracuse University, Nelson came to MIT after serving as vice president and dean of the college at Colgate University. With more than 25 years of experience as an educator, Nelson has worked at Harvard, Cornell and Syracuse Universities in residential life, student life and activities, and fraternity and sorority affairs. She has also lectured at Cornell University and other colleges on topics related to leadership, human services, and adult learning.

Nelson’s favorite part of her job is working with students. She began her career teaching high school English before returning to graduate school to study student development and college administration. Specific areas of academic interest to Nelson include college residential learning communities, student well-being, and the use of sustained dialogue as a technique for resolving conflict.

Gustavo Burkett – Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Involvement

Gustavo Burkett joined MIT as the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Involvement in late June, 2017. He is a key member of Nelson’s DSL senior leadership team and directs a portfolio of reporting units and facilities dedicated to supporting student engagement, leadership development, and wellbeing, including: Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life, Intercultural Engagement (Multicultural Programs and LBGTQ+ Services), Student Organizations, Leadership, and Engagement, Campus Activities Complex, and the Hobby Shop.

Prior to joining the Institute, Burkett served in a variety of leadership positions throughout student affairs, most recently as the Director of Student Involvement at Boston College. He received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Maine. He is currently completing a PhD in Higher Education at UMass Boston. Burkett has been working in Student Affairs for over 15 years.

Other members of the DSL senior leadership team include:

  • To be appointed, Chaplain to the Institute and Associate Dean, ORSEL
  • David Friedrich, Senior Associate Dean, Housing & Residential Services
  • David Randall, Senior Associate Dean, Student Support and Wellbeing
  • Judy Robinson, Senior Associate Dean, Residential Education
  • Anthony Grant, Athletic Director/Head of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation
  • Peter Cummings, Executive Director, Administration & Operations
  • Elizabeth Green, Senior Director of Employee Development and Assessment
  • Matthew Bauer, Director of Communications and Special Assistant to the Dean


Institutional Background/History

The MIT community is driven by a shared purpose: to make a better world through education, research, and innovation. MIT is fun and quirky, elite but not elitist, inventive and artistic, obsessed with numbers, and welcoming to talented people regardless of where they come from.

Founded to accelerate the nation’s industrial revolution, MIT is profoundly American. With ingenuity and drive, graduates have invented fundamental technologies, launched new industries, and created millions of American jobs. At the same time, and without the slightest sense of contradiction, MIT is profoundly global. The Institute’s community gains tremendous strength as a magnet for talent from around the world. Through teaching, research, and innovation, MIT’s exceptional community pursues its mission of service to the nation and the world.

Key Facts

  • History
  • Incorporated 1861
  • Motto “Mens et manus” (“Mind and hand”)
  • Community
  • Employees (including faculty): 12,852 (including faculty)
  • Professors (all ranks): 1,067
  • Other teaching staff: 948
  • Student-faculty ratio (undergraduates only): 3:1
  • Students: 11,520
  • 4,530 undergraduates; women 2,2123/47%; minorities 2,331/51%)
  • 6,990 graduate students; women 2,529/36%; minorities 1,337/19%
  • Campus
  • Location Cambridge, MA USA
  • Size 166 acres (0.67 km2)
  • Student undergraduate residences 18
  • Playing fields 26 acres (0.11 km2)
  • Gardens + green spaces 30+
  • Publicly sited works of art 60+
  • Admissions
    • Undergraduate Class of 2023
  • Applicants: 21,312(6.7% offered admission)
  • Enrolled: 1,107 first-year students
    • 47% female
    • 70% had attended public high schools
    • 19% were among the first generation in their family to attend college
    • 11% were international citizens from 62 countries
    • 49 US states represented
  •  Graduate Admission
  • Applicants: 29,114 (12.6% offered admission)
  • Enrolled: 2,312 first-year students registered in advanced degree program (63%)
    • 37% female
    • 5% international citizens from 85 countries
  • Selected Honors (Current and Former MIT Community Members)
  • Nobel laureates: 90
  • National Medal of Science winners: 59
  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners: 29
  • MacArthur Fellows: 75
  • M. Turing Award winners: 15


The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community. We seek to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.

Institutional Self-Study

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Rafael Reif, President

Since July 2012, Rafael Reif has served as the 17th President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is leading MIT’s pioneering efforts to help shape the future of higher education. A champion for both fundamental science and MIT’s signature style of interdisciplinary, problem-centered research, he is also pursuing an aggressive agenda to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

In education, his central focus has been the development of the Institute’s latest experiments in online learning, MITx and edX, which he spearheaded in his previous role as MIT provost. While fostering the rapid growth of the open online learning platform, edX – which as of August 2018 had engaged more than 17.2 million unique learners drawn from every country in the world – Dr. Reif also launched an Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education. Its final report spurred rapid adoption of blended learning models in MIT classrooms and the October 2015 announcement of a MicroMaster’s credential from MITx (the Institute’s portfolio of massive open online courses), which inverts the traditional admissions process by allowing applicants to demonstrate their ability to handle MIT graduate-level material before applying to a master’s degree program. Another outgrowth of the Task Force report was the February 2016 launch of the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili), an intense, interdisciplinary exploration of the deep mechanisms of learning, which aims to make teaching more effective.

From the start of his administration, Dr. Reif has made it a priority to equip the next generation of innovators with the tools they need to drive their ideas to impact. In October 2016, MIT launched The Engine, an accelerator specially geared to help new ventures turn “tough technologies” into innovations that address humanity’s great challenges. To advance the frontier of human and machine intelligence and to accelerate the invention of AI tools for every discipline, in February 2018, Dr. Reif announced the MIT Quest for Intelligence. That same month saw the start of the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future.

On May 6, 2016, he announced the $5 billion “MIT Campaign for a Better World,” which later extended its goal to $6 billion. The campaign ended the 2019 fiscal year having raised $5.2 billion from more than 100,000 donors.

A member of the MIT faculty since 1980, Dr. Reif has served as director of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories, as associate department head for Electrical Engineering, and as head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). In 2004, he was named the Fariborz Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technology, a title he held until he was selected as president. From 2005 to 20012, he served as MIT’s provost. He remains a mentor and advocate for students, serving each year as a freshman advisor.

Dr. Reif received the degree of Ingeniero Eléctrico from Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela, and served for a year as an assistant professor at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas. He earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Cynthia Barnhart, Chancellor

Appointed Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014, Cynthia Barnhart is reimagining student life and learning at MIT to meet the needs of today’s students. She is responsible for advising the president on undergraduate and graduate education and residential life policies. She plays a leading role in strategic planning, faculty appointments, resource development, and campus planning activities. In recent years, she has overseen a significant expansion in student health and wellness programs, launched a multifaceted campaign to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct on campus, and focused on new efforts to enhance undergraduate and graduate education.

A member of the Institute’s faculty since 1992, Barnhart has a distinguished record of service to her students and community. She is a Ford Foundation Professor of Engineering and a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She previously served as associate and acting dean of the School of Engineering and co-directed both the Operations Research Center and the Center for Transportation and Logistics.

Her teaching and research is in the areas of large-scale optimization, airlines operations, the global airline industry, and transportation operations, planning, and control. She has supervised scores of graduate and undergraduate theses across a range of disciplines, and has published widely in the flagship journals of her field.

Barnhart came to MIT in 1984 to pursue graduate work in transportation and operations research, earning her SM in transportation in 1985 and her PhD in 1988. An INFORMS Fellow and elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, she has received honorary doctorates from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (2014) and the University of Toronto (2016).

Dr. Martin Schmidt, Provost

In February 2014, Martin Schmidt was appointed provost of MIT. Beginning in 2008, he served as associate provost, managing the Institute’s space and the renovation/renewal budgets. Since January 2012, he also assumed responsibilities for “all things industry” as the senior administrative officer responsible for MIT’s industrial interactions. In this capacity, the Technology Licensing Office and Office of Corporate Relations report to him. Beyond his regular responsibilities, he also co-led the Institute’s Task Force on the Budget in response to the 2008 financial crisis. He has played an active role as MIT’s faculty lead in support of the MIT president’s role as co-chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together the federal government, industry, universities, and other stakeholders to identify and invest in emerging technologies with the potential to create high-quality domestic manufacturing jobs and enhance the global competitiveness of the United States.

A member of the MIT faculty since 1988, in 2016 he was appointed as the Ray and Maria Stata Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. From 1999 to 2006, he served as the director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) at MIT. MTL is an interdepartmental laboratory that provides shared research infrastructure for all of the campuses’ activities in micro and nanotechnology, and supports the research of approximately 500 students and staff.

His teaching and research is in the areas of micro and nanofabrication of sensors, actuators and electronic devices, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), design of micromechanical sensors and actuators, and micro/nanofabrication technology. He is the co-author of more than 80 journal publications and 120 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. He is also an inventor on more than 30 issued U.S. patents. More than 25 students have completed their PhD degrees under his supervision.

He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award and has an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Denmark. He was elected as a fellow of the IEEE in 2004 for contributions to design and fabrication of microelectromechanical systems. He has received the Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching Award and the Eta Kappa Nu Teaching Award at MIT.

In addition to his academic pursuits, he is active in consulting with industry in the commercialization of technology. His research group has transferred a number of new technologies to industry, and he has co-founded or has been the co-inventor of the core technology of six start-up companies.

Professor Schmidt received his BS degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1981 and his SM and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 and 1988, respectively.

Academic Programs and Faculty

The school has 69.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Massachusetts Institute of Technology include: Engineering; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Mathematics and Statistics; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Physical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 99 percent.

At MIT, all revel in a culture of learning by doing. In 30 departments across five schools, students combine analytical rigor with curiosity, playful imagination, and an appetite for solving the hardest problems in service to society.

Undergraduates work shoulder to shoulder with faculty, tackle global challenges, pursue fundamental questions, and translate ideas into action. The lifeblood of the Institute’s teaching and research enterprise, graduate students and postdocs, represent one of the most talented and diverse cohorts in the world.

Across MIT, faculty help set the global standard of excellence in their disciplines as pioneering scholars who also love to teach. Many faculty actively work in at least one of MIT’s interdisciplinary labs, centers, initiatives, and institutes that target crucial challenges, from clean energy to cancer.

MIT’s academic structure includes:

  • School of Architecture and Planning
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • School of Science
  • Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing

The Student Body (2019-2020)

In fall 2019, there were 11,520 students enrolled at MIT: 4,530 undergraduates (39%) and 6,990 graduate students (61%).

In fall 2019, 2,123 women were enrolled as undergraduates (47%) and 2,529 as graduate students (36%).

US minority groups were represented by 2,331 undergraduates (51%) and 1,337 graduate students (19%).

In 2019-2020, MIT students come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, three territories, and 118 foreign countries.

There are 3,331 international students enrolled in degree programs at MIT—458undergraduates (10%) and 2,873 graduate students (41%)—for the current academic year. Additionally, there are 644 exchange, visiting, cross-registered, and special international students on campus.

Minority Group Representation

African American280144
American Indian or Alaska Native 99
Asian American1,340801
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 30

About Cambridge and Boston

MIT is an integral part of its host city of Cambridge, a diverse and vibrant community noted for its intellectual life, history, and thriving innovation climate. With a campus nestled between Central and Kendall Squares, and across the Charles River from Boston’s Back Bay, the Institute is optimally positioned to collaborate with its neighbors and to contribute to its community.

Kendall Square is a 10-acre, award-winning, master-planned development and community of world-class office and lab space, beautiful apartment towers, restaurants, and retail shopping linked together by 2.5 acres of lush, landscaped open space. In the winter, the 8,400-square-foot skating rink is open seven days a week, while in warmer weather people gather on open plazas for lunch, concerts, a farmer’s market, canoe/kayak rental, and more. Kendall Square is a premier location to live.

With a rich history, diverse neighborhoods, and legacy of arts, culture, and education, Cambridge and the Greater Boston Area has something for everyone.

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Benefits Overview


MIT offers an extensive network of programs and services to enhance an employee’s personal and professional life. Eligible employees can enroll in many benefits programs immediately. Benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Health and Medical Plans
  • Retirement Plans
  • Use of Athletic facilities
  • Fitness reimbursement
  • MIT Optical discount
  • MIT Federal Credit Union membership
  • Tuition and Education Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance Plans
  • Home & Auto Insurance Discount

To review MIT benefits, including special discounts and perks of employment, please visit the Human Resources website at

Application & Nomination


Applications, including a position-specific cover letter and resume, may be submitted online at Nominations for this position may be emailed to

Valerie Szymkowicz, Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.