The Chief of Police oversees a department that serves both Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges, two of the most prestigious all women’s institutions in the nation. The department is responsible for the safety and security of each campus, including community building, crime prevention programming, investigations, patrol and response services, and assistance to faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Founded in 1837, Mount Holyoke College is the nation’s oldest continuously operating institution of higher learning for women and is consistently ranked among the most selective, private, residential liberal arts colleges in America. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,199 and is located on 800 acres in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Mount Holyoke College is renowned for educating women leaders, from medical pioneers to Pulitzer Prize–winning playwrights.

Located on 147 acres in Northampton, Massachusetts, Smith College is an independent, nondenominational college. Smith College opened in 1875 with just 14 students; today, Smith is among the largest women’s colleges in the United States, with a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,514. Smith remains strongly committed to the education of women at the undergraduate level, but admits both men and women as graduate students.

The Position

Responsibilities of the Position

Mount Holyoke and Smith seek a transformative and proactive leader to serve as their chief of police, the administrative and executive officer of the department. The chief oversees the delivery of professional and responsive law enforcement, safety, and security services, utilizing a strong community policing approach for the two communities. To that end, the chief of police is responsible for organizing, planning, directing, and controlling the non-armed department’s activities and functions to provide the highest degree of safety, security, and service. This position works closely with presidents, senior administrators, students, faculty, and staff on both campuses, especially in the areas of student affairs, residential life, facilities, and health services. As well, the chief maintains a close working relationship with the local police and fire departments, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. In addition, the chief leads emergency planning, preparation, and response initiatives; ensures the department’s compliance with all applicable state and federal laws, including the Clery Act; and incorporates best practices to create programs and services that enhance the department’s educational focus and assists each of the colleges in achieving its mission. Reporting to the vice president for finance and administration at Mount Holyoke College—but working closely with the vice presidents for finance and administration and the deans of students at both campuses—the chief oversees a team of approximately 40 officers and staff members and is responsible for their evaluation, training, and professional development.

Law Enforcement Responsibilities

  • Oversees the centralized dispatch center
  • Oversees the department’s professional response to assure quality investigations (response, investigation, and documentation), as well as crime prevention and community education programming
  • Assures the proper handling of department evidence and property
  • Assures the appropriate college authorities are notified of incidents occurring on their campus according to protocols
  • Directs, coordinates, and controls the release of all public information adhering to legal policies and procedures regarding dissemination of this information
  • Maintains job-related certifications as appropriate
  • Maintains records integrity and the protection of CORI and personnel information
  • Available and on call 24 hours/day; responds to campus emergencies as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Finance & Administration

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Conducts strategic planning and leads implementation in furtherance of the mission of the department
  • Manages resources prudently and exercises excellent stewardship, continues to realize efficiencies across the two campuses; responsible for the preparation and justification of the annual budget and for the control of the budget and all department expenditures
  • Responsible for the development, implementation, and periodic review of appropriate policies, procedures, and orders to guide department members in performing their duties
  • Oversees professional development of department staff, including rank-appropriate field training and in-service training
  • Strengthens and maintains collaborative relationship with the police officers’ union
  • Supervises parking enforcement on all campuses
  • Leads the management of department’s fleet
  • Oversees the maintenance of the department’s accreditation status
  • Responsible for the department’s hiring and promotional process
  • Supervises the staff conducting internal affairs investigations to assure thorough and neutral investigations
  • Delegates the necessary authority to department personnel to carry out their duties, commensurate with their rank and responsibilities
  • Maintains authority to assign staff when such action benefits the department and the colleges
  • Maintains a high standard of conduct and performance for department personnel
  • Assures annual performance evaluations are conducted to assist staff in identifying areas of strength and weakness to improve staff skills

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of ten years of experience in increasingly responsible, high-level leadership positions within a police or public safety agency. A master’s degree and/or public safety experience within a higher education environment are preferred. Candidates must meet, or be able to meet, all requirements for certification under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 22C, Section 63 as a Special State Police Officer and be warranted to receive police powers by the Massachusetts State Police Licensing Unit. Candidates must also maintain a valid MA driver’s license and certification in first responder, CPR, and defensive tactics. The chief will possess proven creative and strategic thinking skills and financial management experience; excellent oral and written communication skills; highly effective command presence, unquestioned integrity, and a deep commitment to service. The chief will have extensive experience in emergency management, supervision, and promoting the professional development of all police officers and staff as well as professionalizing police practice consistent with community culture and standards. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to continual improvement and to staying up to date on the best policing practices; a track record of consistently practicing community policing; knowledge of processes required to maintain accreditation and correlating standards of practice; success and expertise working in culturally diverse communities; and the ability to work effectively with the broadest range of constituents on campus. A service-oriented approach to working with colleagues, students, faculty, staff, and other community stakeholders, a strong desire to support and be part of the educational process, and a genuine appreciation for the people and cultures of both campuses are also characteristics of the next chief.

Additionally, the characteristics and attributes listed below were identified by various stakeholders at the colleges when considering the position of chief of police.

  • Ability to effectively lead a department charged with the safety and security of the unique campuses with different administrations, structures, and cultures.
  • Solid understanding of policing practices and procedures within a non-armed environment.
  • Leadership style that is confident, approachable, collaborative, and transparent with the ability to be firm, clear, and direct with staff.
  • Knowledge and strong practical experience with all aspects of emergency management plans, preparedness, and trainings.
  • Demonstrated experience appropriately restructuring a department to successfully meet the needs of the department and the institutions while focusing on the existing talent and skills of the current staff.
  • A strong sense of vision and an ability to translate strategic plans into operational directives and policy formation.
  • Understanding of the overall role of police within the university community and ability to support the strategic plan, mission, and goals of the university. This includes the unique characteristics of policing in an academic environment and serving as educators.
  • Projecting a high degree of personal energy and enthusiasm for the work.
  • Ability to infuse a department-wide approach to community policing efforts with high expectations.
  • Highly committed to both professional and personal growth and development as a manager, leader, and public safety expert; deeply committed to the professional development and training of staff.
  • Commitment to customer service and the desire to build excellent personal connections across the campuses and the community.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, the ability to deal with ambiguity, and possessing a strong desire to serve as an advocate for the department, the staff, and their services.
  • Have experience working with, and directing, multiple diverse stakeholders, and committed constituents.
  • Genuine willingness to become an active citizen and an entrusted member of the campuses and local community.
  • Embrace an educational philosophy for the entire department, ensuring that officers understand their role as educators within the campus community.
  • Possessing unquestionable integrity, excellent interpersonal skills, including conflict management, customer service, and public speaking.
  • Genuine willingness to work with and for students by actively engaging students through community policing practices.
  • Experience working with and maintaining positive relationships with unions.
  • Culturally competent, with a true appreciation for and experience working with a diverse student population and a robust understanding of social justice and gender identity.
  • Ability to establish and maintain productive relationships with a full range of campus constituents, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents.
  • Strong supervisor capable of both challenging and appreciating individuals while effectively holding staff accountable.
  • Commitment to the collection and use of data to inform all decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to advocate for staff, ensuring their needs/concerns are adequately addressed.
  • The ability to make timely decisions, execute, and move forward complex processes involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Expertise in related compliance requirements and best practices, including Clery Act, Title IX, responses to mental health issues, alcohol/drug issues, bias incidents and hate crimes, etc.
  • Comfortably and effectively serve as the public face of the department.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

Institutional stakeholders shared that in transitioning to the two colleges, the Chief of Police will, among other goals and responsibilities, encounter the opportunities, priorities, and challenges listed below.

  • Very supportive administrations expecting positive, effective changes within the department.
  • Take the time to fully learn the culture of each institution and department, then craft strategies for improvement, and begin making changes.
  • Focus on emergency management plans, protocols, and training for all campuses.
  • Review the organizational structure of the department, making necessary improvements to meet the changing culture of the institutions and the expectations of the department.
  • Develop a Public Safety team that embodies safety as a top priority and inspires confidence in the campus community.
  • Learning the nuances of each campus’ culture and the different policies and languages of each institution.
  • Development and documentation of comprehensive operating procedures and policies reflecting national current best practices for higher education safety and security.
  • Enhance departmental visibility on campus through active engagement and involvement in the campuses and surrounding community.
  • Understanding the expectations of each campus and establishing a clearly defined role for the chief and the department.
  • Continue to create thorough training practices and improve all aspects of departmental training, utilizing current techniques to ensure officers are well-versed in best practices and all institutional protocols.
  • Create and implement strategies to hire and retain qualified staff.
  • Design methods of communication to both effectively educate the campus community and increase involvement with the department through the creative use of social media and other outlets.

Measures of Success for the Position

At an appropriate interval after joining Mount Holyoke and Smith, the items listed below will define success for the chief.

  • The chief has gained the trust of the campus communities by being involved, visible, and engaged in all aspects of campus life.
  • The chief has established strong relationships with key stakeholders across campus to elevate the collaborative work around public safety.
  • The department is operating with a high level of professionalism and competence.
  • The chief has created and implemented emergency management protocols and procedures for each campus and conducted trainings/drills with all campuses.
  • Community outreach activities and services have been enhanced, with particular emphasis on positive student engagement and educational initiatives.
  • The chief has clearly outlined vision, goals, and expectations of the department.
  • The department is a disciplined, proactive force.
  • The chief has established a formalized training plan to ensure all staff are consistently and properly trained, certified, and current on all safety and security techniques, as well as departmental and institutional policies and procedures.
  • The chief has reviewed organizational strengths and weaknesses, policies and procedures, and has developed a strategic plan for managing short-term change and long-term development for the department.
  • The administrations and campus communities will have confidence in the ability of the department to handle crisis situations.
  • The morale within the department has improved; the staff feel supported and appreciated, and retention has increased.
  • Through consistent, confident leadership the chief has earned and maintained the respect of the department and is readily regarded as an active partner in supporting the educational mission of the institutions.
  • The chief has formed meaningful working relationships with local law enforcement agencies and with community associations and partners.

History of the Position

Since the collaborative between the colleges was formed almost ten years ago, the chief’s position has been somewhat tenuous. With nine individuals serving in either the chief or interim chief’s role over the course of those ten years, the lack of consistent leadership and direction has taken a toll on the department’s morale and effectiveness. This presents the new chief with an outstanding opportunity to work with a dedicated staff and senior leadership committed to the success of this position and how to best make this collaborative department work.

An Overview of the Campus Police Department

The Campus Police Department serves the Mount Holyoke and Smith College communities. Their staff is responsible for the safety and security of the communities, including:

  • crime prevention programming;
  • investigations;
  • patrol and response services;
  • assistance to faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

They are an accredited , non-armed campus police department staffed with academy-trained police officers, professional dispatchers, and administrative staff. The Campus Police Department provides protection and services to all members of the college community, including its visitors and guests, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The department’s full-time officers are trained professionals. They have police powers on college property (as granted under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 22C, Section 63) and are sworn Hampshire County deputy sheriffs. All officers must complete training as mandated by the Massachusetts State Police.

Moreover, each officer is certified yearly in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first-aid techniques, and every three years in first-responder skills. Each also attends a training session on civil rights and diversity, and four officers have been certified by the state as sexual assault investigators.

The department maintains close working relationships with the college and with our local police departments (Amherst, Northampton, and South Hadley), the Massachusetts State Police, and the Northwestern District Attorney’s office.

The department is committed to community policing, and staff members are available to partner with community members and organizations to provide crime prevention programs and problem-solving initiatives on the campuses.


To work in partnership with all the members of our communities to foster a relationship of trust and cooperation in order to provide a safe and welcoming environment that is consistent with the values and goals of our college communities. The department will accomplish this mission through its commitment to community policing, an organizational culture that respects and protects the civil rights of all individuals, adherence to the principles of accountability and transparency, and the retention and professional development of our personnel.

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Institution & Location

Institutional Background for Mount Holyoke College

Chemist and educator Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke College (then called Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) in 1837, nearly a century before women gained the right to vote. Today, her famous words—”Go where no one else will go, do what no one else will do”—continue to inspire Mount Holyoke students.

As the first of the Seven Sisters—the female equivalent of the once all-male Ivy League—Mount Holyoke has led the way in women’s education. A model upon which many other women’s colleges were patterned, it quickly became synonymous with brilliant teaching and academic excellence. In 1861 the three-year curriculum was expanded to four, and in 1893 the seminary curriculum was phased out and the institution’s name was changed to Mount Holyoke College.

A Tradition of Educating Leaders: throughout the 20th century, academic programs and physical facilities grew, with the 1960s witnessing the construction of many new academic buildings and residence halls. Mount Holyoke’s reputation for excellence grew as well, with many of our notable alumnae breaking new ground in the sciences, the arts, and the women’s movement.

Institutional Background for Smith College

Smith College was founded in 1871 as a private college whose mission was to provide women with an excellent liberal arts education. It is widely considered one of the top 20 liberal arts colleges in the country. The college began in the mind and conscience of a New England woman, Sophia Smith, who in her will expressed her vision of a liberal arts college for women equal to the best available to men, one that would make it possible “to develop as fully as may be the powers of womanhood.”

In keeping with Sophia Smith’s intent, the college aims to produce graduates distinguished by their intellectual proficiency, their capacity for leadership, their ethical values, and their readiness to contribute to the betterment of the world. Today, Smith is among the largest liberal arts colleges for women in the country and provides a broad curriculum of more than 1,000 courses in some 50 areas of study. Its programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences have expanded to respond to the intellectual needs of today’s students, with programs in computer science, engineering, women’s studies, environmental science and policy, neuroscience and other emerging fields. In particular, Smith has earned a leadership position in preparing women for careers in science and engineering—in 2000, Smith established the first engineering program at a women’s college—as well as law, medicine and business. There are also a number of coeducational graduate programs, such as the nationally recognized School for Social Work, whose unique three-year curriculum each summer brings more than 375 women and men to the Smith campus for academic course work.

The campus is ideally situated, located just steps from the center of Northampton, Massachusetts, a city of 30,000 that is home to a vibrant social and cultural scene. The college’s idyllic setting in the Connecticut River Valley offers access to the natural beauty and attractions of New England and is just a two-hour drive from Boston and three hours from New York City. Smith is a member of Five Colleges, Incorporated, a consortium that provides a number of shared services, such as cross-registration, joint courses of study, transportation, faculty appointments and exchanges, and combined library catalogues. In addition to Smith, its membership comprises nearby Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

South Hadley and the Region

The Pioneer Valley (see resources) is one of New England’s most beautiful and intellectually vibrant locations. The valley’s unique character draws upon the cultural, social, and academic presence of the Five College Community as well as the spectacular setting of the Connecticut River amid the hilly terrain of western Massachusetts.

South Hadley, Mount Holyoke’s home since 1837, is a charming New England town with roots going back to pre-Revolutionary times. Across the street from the main campus, the Village Commons is home to a variety of retail boutiques, several restaurants, a coffeehouse, a first-run movie theater, and the renowned Odyssey Bookshop.

Just a few miles away, Skinner Park offers spectacular views of the valley and the Connecticut River’s famous oxbow from atop Mount Holyoke, the mountain for which the College was named.

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Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke’s mission is to provide an intellectually adventurous education in the liberal arts and sciences through academic programs recognized internationally for their excellence and range; to draw students from all backgrounds into an exceptionally diverse and inclusive learning community with a highly accomplished, committed, and responsive faculty and staff; to continue building on the College’s historic legacy of leadership in the education of women; and to prepare students, through a liberal education integrating curriculum and careers, for lives of thoughtful, effective, and purposeful engagement in the world.

Smith College

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction and purpose. A college of and for the world, Smith links the power of the liberal arts to excellence in research and scholarship, thereby developing engaged global citizens and leaders to address society’s challenges.


  • Smith is a community dedicated to learning, teaching, scholarship, discovery, creativity, and critical thought.
  • Smith is committed to creating an inclusive, equitable, and accessible educational community founded on the free and open exchange of ideas.
  • Smith educates women to understand the complexity of human experience and world cultures through engagement with humanistic, social, and scientific ideas.
  • Smith creates global citizens, committed to participating in the communities in which they live and to stewarding the resources that sustain them.

Strategic Plans

Mount Holyoke College

The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2021 outlines priorities for the College that both renew and reimagine our commitments to liberal learning, and the importance of both presence and place in the residential experience.

The strategic priorities are:

  1. Leading with Distinction: Mount Holyoke will provide excellent and distinctive academic programs for students that exemplify and demonstrate the extraordinary value of a liberal arts education.
  2. Global Excellence: within the spirit and framework of our robust commitment to the liberal arts, Mount Holyoke will embrace new opportunities and directions in teaching, academic programs, and research and scholarship to better prepare students to respond to the needs and challenges of a global society.
  3. An Inclusive and Collaborative Community: Mount Holyoke will shape and sustain an increasingly diverse, global, and inclusive community of students, faculty, and staff in an environment of mutual respect in which all thrive and contribute to the flourishing of others.
  4. Effectiveness and Financial Sustainability: Mount Holyoke will ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the College by improving organizational efficacy, and allocating resources in a strategic, evidence-based, and consistent manner.

Smith College

In early 2015, Smith College embarked on an ambitious strategic planning process, seeking the best ideas to shape the college’s future. The Committee on Mission and Priorities, comprising faculty, student, and staff representatives, served as the steering committee for this effort, which took place as Smith prepared for its 2017 accreditation review by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The plan, “Lives of Distinction and Purpose: A Plan for Smith,” adopted by the board of trustees in October 2016, is the product of the Smith community’s best creative thinking.

Smith College’s Strategic Plan

Sonya Stephens, Mount Holyoke President

Sonya Stephens — a leader, a scholar, an educator and an ardent believer in the value of a women’s college and a liberal arts education — was named president of Mount Holyoke College by unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees on April 23, 2018. She succeeds the College’s 18th president, Lynn Pasquerella ’80. Her appointment as president is effective July 1, 2018.

Stephens arrived at Mount Holyoke in 2013 as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, following a national search led by an all-faculty committee. She was appointed acting president of the College beginning on July 1, 2016, by the Board of Trustees, also by unanimous vote, for a period of three years.

Acting President: under Stephens’ leadership, in fewer than two years serving as acting president, she presided over numerous key campus initiatives, including the development and implementation of The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2021 and the comprehensive self-study process for the College’s re-accreditation review by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

She oversaw the Community Center construction and the opening of the renovated student life hub and the Weissman Student Commons, both of which opened in fall 2017, and the Dining Commons, which opened in January 2018, on time and on budget. The Community Center’s grand opening will be held in September. She is also overseeing the College’s commitment to reach carbon neutrality by its bicentennial in 2037.

She believes deeply that one of the College’s fundamental distinctions lies in the richness of its diversity. Her significant, authentic engagement with the issues of equity and inclusion resulted in her introduction in 2017 of the annual BOOM! (Building on Our Momentum) learning conference, and hiring the College’s first vice president for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer.

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty: working closely with divisions across the College and with the Five College Consortium, she led efforts to enhance the reputation of the College and increase support for faculty research and curricular innovation.

As the chief academic officer, she was responsible for faculty research and curricular support, faculty governance, and academic budgeting and infrastructure. She oversaw an operating budget of $52 million and worked closely with divisions across the College, including the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, the Weissman Center for Leadership, and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. She also collaborated with the Five College Consortium on shared initiatives, departments, programs, and faculty hiring.

As dean of faculty, Stephens was instrumental in the creation of academic programs such as the Data Science Initiative, a Nexus concentration in data science, and the Women in Data Science partnership. She oversaw the establishment of the College’s Makerspace, promoted entrepreneurship opportunities on campus, and prioritized environmental commitments.

She developed a program in support of emeriti faculty and their continued scholarly engagement with Mount Holyoke. She promoted the deep integration of The Lynk, Mount Holyoke’s curriculum-to-career initiative, and re-envisioned the Career Development Center.

A career devoted to service and scholarship: Stephens previously worked at Indiana University Bloomington, where she was chair of the Department of French and Italian and served as the university’s first vice provost for undergraduate education. She led the campus-wide development and implementation of new general education requirements and was responsible for assessment and re-accreditation efforts. Her support of teaching and learning was both instrumental and collaborative, and led to the development of an integrated Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. She also oversaw the early development of the institution’s roadmap for student success.

She began her career as a faculty member at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she chaired the Department of French, and led the creation of the School of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She also served for eight years as the faculty-in-residence director of a team responsible for the academic and personal welfare of 850 undergraduates.

An expert in 19th-century French literature and its relation to visual culture, Stephens is the author of “Baudelaire’s Prose Poems: The Practice and Politics of Irony.” She has also edited several books, including “A History of Women’s Writing in France,” and most recently, “Translation and the Arts in Modern France,” which was published in July 2017.

Stephens holds a B.A. in modern and medieval languages and a doctorate in French from the University of Cambridge. Her master’s degree in French studies is from the Université de Montréal, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar. Her deep commitment to women’s colleges began with her undergraduate studies at New Hall, a college for women at the University of Cambridge that is now known as Murray Edwards College.

Kathleen McCartney, Smith College President

Smith’s 11th president, Kathleen McCartney, took office in 2013. McCartney, former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), is an internationally recognized authority on child development and early education. The first in her family to go to college, she graduated summa cum laude from Tufts with a bachelor of science in psychology, and later earned a doctorate in psychology from Yale University. A signature accomplishment of her tenure at HGSE was the creation of a three-year doctorate in educational leadership developed in collaboration with the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government.

Since assuming the presidency, McCartney has led a strategic planning effort that is resulting in important new academic and co-curricular programs that expand opportunities for women. She has forged educational partnerships with leading organizations, including the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College; the Harvard/MIT online education platform known as edX; and the MassMutual Life Insurance Company. Under her leadership, Smith has engaged noted architectural designer Maya Lin to re-envision its historic Neilson Library in the context of its renowned Frederick Law Olmsted–designed campus. The $100 million project is scheduled for completion in 2020. Women for the World: The Campaign for Smith, which McCartney led to its culmination in 2016, raised $486 million, setting a record for the largest and most successful campaign ever undertaken by a women’s college. Notably, the campaign raised close to $130 million for financial aid, including 103 new endowed scholarships.

The Academic Program

Mount Holyoke exists to open minds. It’s where students explore new ideas, let their imagination run wild, debate vigorously, and have the freedom to examine any topic or issue—no matter how controversial or polarizing. And like the brave, bold women who have come before, we promise this: After four years, everything will be different—including the student.

Our philosophy is simple. Students will join smart, talented, and opinionated students from all over the world (2,210 from 45 states and 69 countries). Each arrives with divergent ideas, beliefs, and worldviews. Together, in small classes led by award-winning professors, students will debate and discuss, challenge classmates and themselves. With 50 majors and hundreds of courses to choose from, Mount Holyoke provides the opportunity to discover passion—and go after it.

Along the way, students will be pushed to think critically and become fearless advocates for themselves and what they believe in. And when they graduate, they’ll be prepared to not just face change—but to lead it.

  • 50 departmental and interdepartmental majors
  • Option to design your own major
  • 30 percent of all majors are interdisciplinary
  • Majors of current MHC students: humanities, 28 percent; social sciences, 37 percent; science and mathematics, 35 percent
  • 14 percent of classes have fewer than 10 students
  • 73 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students
  • 90 percent of classes have fewer than 30 students
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1

The Student Body

Mount Holyoke College

Our 2,210 students hail from 45 states and 69 countries. Twenty-seven percent of MHC students are international citizens. Twenty-six percent of domestic students identify as African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or multiracial. Fifty-four percent of incoming first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

Smith College

Smith College has about 2,450 undergraduates in Northampton and 150 studying elsewhere. The college had 37 self-governing houses that accommodate between 12 and 100 students; most houses include women from all four classes.

Benefits Overview

Benefits at Mount Holyoke College include the following:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Retirement Annuity Benefits


Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, 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 Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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