THE OPPORTUNITY

Kenyon College, one of the finest liberal arts institutions in the country and the oldest private higher-education institution in Ohio, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of dean of the Career Development Office.

Founded in 1824, Kenyon College offers a curriculum rooted in the traditional liberal arts and sciences, enriched by interdisciplinary programs. The College attracts an outstanding student body of 1,730 from 48 states throughout the U.S. and 49 other nations around the world. The small, residential, hilltop campus in Gambier, Ohio, engenders close interaction between students and Kenyon’s highly acclaimed faculty and staff. Some of the many distinctive assets of a Kenyon education include a distinguished literary tradition, a breadth of community partnerships providing internship, pre-professional, and volunteer service experiences, engaged alumni, and many opportunities for research in the sciences.

The Position

ROLE OF THE DEAN, CAREER DEVELOPMENT OFFICE FOR KENYON COLLEGE

The dean of the Career Development Office (CDO) will join Kenyon College at an exciting time: Construction of a new home for the department—part of an interdisciplinary hub providing library, academic support, and student services—is nearing its 2021 completion date. Reporting directly to the provost, the dean is a highly visible, engaged leader who advances Kenyon’s support for the post-graduate success of its students.

The dean provides the leadership, vision, and strategies to support and institutionalize a broad spectrum of career-preparation and success initiatives for current students and alumni, including: educational and skill-development programs; networking, internship, experiential, and employment opportunities; individual career coaching; and pre-professional and graduate-school advising. As the CDO’s chief ambassador, the dean actively cultivates relationships and expands networks with faculty, staff, alumni, parents, community partners, and employers throughout the region and in key destination cities in order to support the CDO mission and enhance innovative programs, experiential learning, and employment opportunities.

Additional responsibilities include: enhancing student engagement with the CDO, beginning in their first year; designing and implementing a comprehensive four-year model of student career readiness and engagement; facilitating continuous improvement and ensuring that the CDO remains responsive to diverse student interests and evolving market trends; increasing internship opportunities and resources to support students’ career preparation and professional aspirations; optimizing available technology (Handshake, Wisr, e- newsletter, and social media) for communication and delivery of services and resources; and implementing effective data collection, analysis, and reporting systems that demonstrate outcomes and inform strategic resource allocation and direction. The dean works collaboratively with the Advancement Division in managing and stewarding alumni relationships that support the Kenyon Career Network. The dean is a hands-on leader, actively engaged in the strategic and tactical operations of the department, while supervising and leveraging the talents of eight staff and managing a budget of approximately $940,000.

HISTORY OF THE POSITION

Holly McCormack was named dean of the CDO in 2017, following a national search. She began her work with Kenyon College in August of that year, reporting directly to the provost, until resigning in January 2020 in order to pursue a consulting opportunity.

Upon her arrival, McCormack was tasked with advancing priorities outlined in the 2020 Strategic Plan that involved supporting students’ preparation for and engagement in high-impact experiences. She was also involved in forging collaborative working relationships between the CDO, faculty, alumni, parents, and employers to develop meaningful opportunities that would equip students for success upon graduation.

During her time at Kenyon, McCormack and her staff raised the profile and value of the CDO. Indicators of their success include:

  • Development of a strategic plan to guide the forward momentum of the office;
  • a $2-million increase in endowment, procured by the College, enhancing the CDO operating budget by approximately $50,000 annually and making possible new and expanded initiatives;
  • key input into the design and development of new space for the CDO as part of the West Quad;
  • increased student utilization of services, and significant growth of first-year students’ engagement with the CDO;
  • research of CRM systems and advanced implementation of Handshake technology that is improving information management, data-tracking, and communication with students;
  • adoption of Wisr technology, improving alumni engagement with the CDO and student-alumni networking opportunities;
  • strengthened collaborations with faculty, leading to an increased number of in-class presentations, as well as collaborations on career-related programs, many of which feature returning alumni;
  • expanded local internship opportunities for students through close collaboration with the Office for Community Partnerships.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

It is essential that the dean be an ardent supporter of the liberal arts and the role of a liberal-arts education in helping students to find meaningful work, gain entrance into competitive graduate programs, achieve their aspirations, and develop a satisfying life-long career trajectory. A core responsibility of the dean is to elevate the importance of academic preparation, fused with experiential initiatives such as internships, hands-on research, student employment, service-learning, and other out-of-classroom experiences, in the development of career-ready graduates. Ongoing responsibilities of the dean and the CDO include building and sustaining internal and external partnerships that lead to high-quality experiential learning opportunities, professional networks, mentoring relationships, and post-graduation employment positions. The dean will also be a partner with the provost, Office of Community Partnerships, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Advancement in cultivating the financial resources necessary to fund expanded CDO initiatives and ensure equity of access for students of all financial means to the full spectrum of CDO opportunities, including career-readiness and successful transition into satisfying employment and/or graduate school.

Additional challenges and opportunities for the next dean of the Career Development Office, as articulated by stakeholders, are listed below:

  • The dean of the CDO provides both strategic and tactical leadership to an office that is expanding in size and stature on the Kenyon campus. As a hands-on leader who is an active and integral member of the team, the dean works closely with a staff of eight to identify and prioritize goals and objectives consistent with the CDO strategic plan. An ongoing priority for the dean will be planning for, prioritizing, and recruiting additional staff members to grow the capacity of the team in line with strategic objectives.
  • A top priority for the dean of the CDO will be the cultivation of an atmosphere that engenders strong individual and team performance of the staff, sustains continuous improvement, and advances career readiness of students.
  • The high-profile location of the office within the new library and academic-services building will lend itself well to collaborations with other professional staff engaged in student-advising relationships, such as the registrar, Student Accessibility and Support Services, Academic Advising, and the Writing Center. The dean will be well-positioned to take a leadership role in fostering greater collaboration and integration of advising functions that span academic, co-curricular, and career-development areas.
  • An ongoing priority for the dean will be the review and refinement of the CDO strategic plan, ensuring that it remains relevant in shaping the trajectory of the department and keeping it in step with evolving student needs, the job market, and funding realities.
  • In their capacity as chief ambassador for the CDO, the dean is engaged in developing and sustaining collaborations with academic leaders, individual faculty, and such campus partners as Advancement, Alumni Relations, Athletics, the Office of Community Partnerships, and Residential Life, and supporting the same for their staff.
  • It is essential that the dean cultivate alumni and parent engagement in support of the CDO’s mission and initiatives. This will involve maximizing the potential of new Wisr technology in connecting current students with alumni, and managing the stewardship of relationships in close coordination with Advancement and Alumni Relations.
  • The dean has an opportunity to exercise vision and innovation, balancing “high-touch with high-tech” to scale the services of the department and meet the comprehensive career-development needs of current students. They will need to optimize available technology to ensure students can readily access information in formats and at times that are most convenient, while remembering that at a small college such as Kenyon, personal interactions with staff also have a profound effect.
  • The strategic plan for the CDO calls for gradual increases in staffing. On arrival, the dean will want to assess the scope of responsibilities and job description for an already approved and funded position: director of employer relations. The dean will have an opportunity to recruit and fill this position with an experienced professional who has the skills and drive to expand engagement between alumni, parents, and other employer representatives and the CDO. The dean will also need to conduct a thorough assessment of current staff capacity in order to determine how best to support their professional development and plan for future growth.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

The items listed below will define the new dean of the CDO’s success throughout the first year of employment:

  • Intentional efforts are evident and growing to foster dialogue with faculty around the intersection of curriculum and internships, with a goal of advancing curricular integration.
  • A strategic plan has been developed and is being implemented for expanding external relationships with alumni, parents, and employers, particularly directed at local part-time internships and full-time summer internships in key destination areas.
  • The Career Development Office and its staff are well-regarded and continue to provide a robust, comprehensive set of programs and services addressing the needs of students throughout their four-year educational experience.
  • The dean has taken the initiative to build strong working relationships with other academic-services leaders, including the dean of advising, the registrar, Advancement, Alumni and Parent Engagement, and Student Affairs.
  • A high-functioning, cohesive team has been cultivated within the CDO staff, who share a common understanding of mission, vision, and values. Staff vacancies are filled in a timely manner, and new personnel are brought onboard and supported in fulfilling their responsibilities and expanding their capacity. Plans for future staff expansion, in line with projected resource availability, are reviewed with and approved by the provost.
  • Assessment measures are instituted to evaluate the impact of CDO programs and services. Outcomes are broadly reported, helping to showcase Kenyon’s commitment to integrating high-impact practices and infusing career readiness of students into the four-year, liberal-arts experience.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

A track record of progressive responsibility, demonstrating a broad understanding of career development, the expectations of today’s students and employers, familiarity with current job-search strategies, job-market trends, and recruitment methodologies, is expected. A master’s degree or comparable combination of academic preparation and demonstrated experience are required. Also important will be experience working creatively and effectively with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and employers; commitment to customer service; strong public-speaking, writing, marketing, and public-relations skills; excellent organizational skills, with an attention to detail and the ability to multi-task; and prior management experience utilizing a team approach.

In addition to the qualifications stated above, key stakeholders identified the following list of additional capabilities and attributes of a successful candidate:

  • Be a champion for the liberal arts and hold a deep appreciation for the full spectrum of interests—career and otherwise—reflected among liberal-arts-educated individuals.
  • Be an active listener and coalition-builder who takes the pulse of an institution before implementing change.
  • Have a command of effective assessment strategies and be comfortable utilizing data to inform decisions and set strategic priorities.
  • Understand the employer-relations process, and bring a track record of experience working effectively with local, regional, and national employers and internship sponsors.
  • Espouse a progressive vision of career services—one that anticipates the evolving trends and needs of students, academic partners, and employers, and identifies strategic priorities to address them.
  • Bring strong partner-building capacity to the role of dean—the ability to work effectively with varied constituents including faculty, senior administrators, alumni, parents, employers, and most importantly, students.
  • Through prior management experience, exhibit a commitment to professional development and capacity-building of staff.
  • Possess an active interest in technology and how to infuse emerging technologies, including new applications, CRM systems, and social media platforms, into the work of a progressive career center.

THE INSTITUTION DIVISION/DEPARTMENT: AN OVERVIEW

An Overview of the Academic Division

The academic divisions of the College include:

  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Science

Key departments and centers reporting up to the chief academic officer include:

  • Office of the Senior Associate Provost
    • Center for Innovative Pedagogy
    • Academic Department Chairs
  • Office of the Associate Provost
    • Writing Center
    • Math and Science Skills Center
  • Global Engagement
  • Center for the Study of American Democracy
  • Registrar
  • Academic Advising and Support
  • Career Development Office
  • Green Initiatives
  • Research and Strategic Initiatives
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Leadership of the Division

Joseph L. Klesner – Provost (2013 – 2020)

Joseph L. Klesner joined the Kenyon political-science faculty in 1985, and became provost in July 2013, after serving three years as associate provost. Klesner announced in September 2019 that he will step down as provost at the close of the 2019-2020 academic year. Before returning to teaching full time, Klesner will lead Kenyon’s next strategic planning process, which will unfold over the 2020-21 academic year.

Klesner has frequently chaired the Political Science Department, as well as the International Studies Program. He has offered courses in comparative politics, international relations, and Latin American politics, as well as interdisciplinary courses in international studies. He has published many articles on Mexican politics and been cited as an expert in Mexican electoral politics by The New York Times and The Economist. Klesner has also written on public opinion and political behavior in Latin America and on the pedagogy of comparative politics. His textbook, Comparative Politics: An Introduction, appeared in 2014.

He has served the College as chair of the Curricular Policy Committee, as chair of the faculty, twice as coordinator of the Presidential Search Committee and as chair of the Faculty Lectureships Committee. He has received research grants from a wide variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Political Science Association. From 2005 to 2006, he was a Fulbright Scholar at University College Dublin.

Klesner earned his doctorate of philosophy and master of science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor of arts degree from Central College in Iowa.

Jeffrey A. Bowman, Provost (beginning July 2020)

Jeffrey A. Bowman, professor of history and associate provost at Kenyon, will succeed Joseph L. Klesner as the College’s next provost, effective July 1. Since joining Kenyon’s history faculty in 1997, Bowman has taken on progressive positions of leadership within the faculty and administration: resident director of the Kenyon-Exeter program; chair of the history department; co-chair of the Campus Senate; chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee; chair of the faculty; and most recently associate provost.

Bowman earned Kenyon’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award in 2012 and held the John B. McCoy-Banc One Distinguished Teaching Professorship from 2003 to 2007. His research interests encompass law and society in the medieval Mediterranean, hagiography, and the political power of medieval women. He is committed to promoting and supporting a transdisciplinary, inclusive, and global curriculum for the 21st century.

Bowman holds a doctorate in medieval studies from Yale University and completed his bachelor’s degree in English at Carleton College. His book, Shifting Landmarks: Property, Proof, and Dispute in Catalonia around the Year 1000, won the American Historical Association Premio del Rey Book Prize in 2005.

Organizational Chart for the Academic Division

Career Development Office

“Kenyon is a leader among selective liberal arts institutions in career-education pedagogy, further securing the College’s reputation as a top-valued and relevant choice within the higher education landscape. The Career Development Office (CDO) is the go-to resource for students and alumni exploring potential career paths that fit their overall interests, skills, values and goals. The office offers best-in-class recruitment, advising, programming, high impact learning opportunities, as well as job-search and graduate school resources. Faculty regularly partner with and refer students to the CDO due to the office’s signature programs, relationships with established and devoted alumni and parents, and the staff’s reputation for skillfully helping students articulate their educational and professional experiences to potential employers and graduate school admissions officers. CDO staff research, design, implement and share (locally and nationally) innovative career education approaches, acting as influencers in their field. Based on past success with Kenyon students and alumni, and with CDO collaborations, a wide array of desirable for-profits and nonprofits partner with the CDO to fill their open positions and internships, ensuring students and alumni are purposefully connected to their work throughout and after their Kenyon education.”

Mission

“To facilitate exceptional academic and career success by empowering Kenyon students and alumni to engage meaningfully at the intersection of their educational and working lives.”

Core Values

  • “An unwavering belief in the liberal arts.
    • The CDO believe a top-tier liberal arts education is the best preparation for an enriching profession and a fulfilling life.
  • “A student-centered approach that values inclusion.
    • The CDO values students as distinct individuals with a diverse set of intersecting identities. As a liberal arts college, the staff of the CDO believe that students from all academic disciplines have the competencies and mindsets to succeed across industries.
  • “Adaptability and responsiveness.
    • The CDO keeps their finger on the pulse of industry trends and is agile in its response to student needs and the needs of employer and faculty partners. The CDO uses an array of human and technological resources to facilitate student-employer connections.
  • “Service, communication, and collaboration.
    • The CDO participates in a range of partnerships with internal and external partners, around the world and across campus, to connect students to high-quality opportunities.”

Current Strategic Priorities

  • “Priority 1: Focus on an integrated, comprehensive experience that prepares students for post-graduate success.
    • Strengthen the first-year experience to establish a firm foundation for success at Kenyon.
    • Make high impact experiences part of every student’s learning program.
    • Collaborate across the Kenyon community to position students for post-graduate success.
    • Use technology to help students construct individual learning programs drawing from the full range of resources Kenyon offers.
  • “Priority 2: Strategically use Kenyon’s resources to attract, retain, and graduate an academically excellent and diverse student body.
    • Aim to make Kenyon more accessible for students from a range of socioeconomic groups, including making the total cost of Kenyon more predictable and clear for families.
    • Reduce tuition dependence through building the endowment and employing prudent, strategic spending patterns.
    • Building partnerships and pathways to bring students from diverse groups to Kenyon.
  • “Priority 3: Intentionally build community on campus, in our local region, and in the world-wide Kenyon family that enhances the learning environment and strengthens lifelong ties with the College.
    • Support and sustain an outstanding faculty and group of employees who together.”

Strategic Goals

  • “Goal 1: Amplify applied learning and innovative recruitment practices to increase Kenyon’s relevance to prospective families and employers, gain market position, and improve graduate employment and salary rates.
  • “Goal 2: Build a culture and an advising approach that promote undergraduate work experiences; develop engagement in meaningful work; and help students see career development as an iterative process of lifelong discovery.
  • “Goal 3: Build a diverse career services team to keep Kenyon at the forefront of 21st-century expectations, and leverage an extended ecosystem of career mentors and connectors from the Kenyon community of alumni and parents to help build powerful industry-specific networks.
  • “Goal 4: Ensure that students of all financial means can participate in multiple, high impact, work-based experiences of their choosing, on or off campus; and that students from diverse backgrounds have access to and awareness of resources and experiences that will help them draw relationships between their academic coursework and career interests.”

Organizational Structure

The organizational structure of the Career Development Office is currently configured as follows:

  • Dean of the Career Development Office (associate director is in an interim leadership role during the search process)
  • Senior associate director for graduate school and career advising
  • Associate director for career development
  • Assistant director for career development – two professionals serve in this capacity
  • Database and program associate
  • Student employment coordinator
  • Administrative coordination

A new, full-time professional position as director of employer relations has been approved and funded for AY 2020-2021. The incoming dean will recruit and hire this new team member, as well as plan for future staff expansion in upcoming budget cycles.

Institution & Location

THE INSTITUTION: AN OVERVIEW

Institutional Background and History

Founded in 1824, Kenyon is the oldest private college in Ohio. The small college originally educated all-male clergymen for frontier America, but it soon became a highly regarded seat of classical education whose graduates included U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes.

The College’s literary prominence dates to 1939, when poet and critic John Crowe Ransom founded the Kenyon Review. Since then, Kenyon has grown in size—welcoming women in 1969—and has expanded intellectually, earning national recognition in many fields. Well-known alumni include not only a host of eminent writers but also actors, scientists, educators, artists, and leaders in business and the professions such as actor Paul Newman, poet James Wright, and the former prime minister of Sweden, Olof Palme.

Today, the institution has 1,747 undergraduates on its 1,000-acre campus, located in a rural setting. Kenyon College is ranked No. 27 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list of “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.”

On campus, there are more than 120 student clubs and organizations, including about a dozen fraternities and sororities. The Kenyon student body consists of slightly more females than males; all first-year students live in a common residential area. A third of students play on the varsity Lords and Ladies sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III North Coast Athletic Conference.

The school offers more than 150 study-abroad opportunities, including the Kenyon-Honduras Archaeology and Anthropology Program and the Kenyon in Rome program. For a different experience closer to home, Columbus—the state capital and home of Ohio State University—is a 45-mile drive away.

At the Brown Family Environmental Center, a 382-acre nature reserve on Kenyon’s hilltop campus, students can take courses in biology, ecology, and environmental science, as well as hike, bird watch, and volunteer. Students can also engage in outdoor learning in the surrounding rural community through programs and projects coordinated by the Rural Life Center.

About Gambier, Ohio

Gambier is bordered by the scenic Kokosing River and surrounded by the gently rolling hills of Ohio countryside. With its small-town feel and population of about 2,400, it is hard to tell where the Kenyon College campus stops and downtown Gambier begins. The campus runs into the town’s quaint shops, and the main walkway of campus, Middle Path, intersects downtown. The College and Gambier are minutes away from a growing array of stores, hotels, and restaurants in the historic town of Mount Vernon and an hour’s drive from Columbus, the capital of Ohio and the 15th-largest city in the U.S.

Knox County, where Gambier is located, is considered a rural and growing region of the state. Serving as home to 465,000 people with a median age of 37.4 years, its residents enjoy a scenic setting of rolling hills, corn fields, forests, and the slow-moving river. Manufacturing and technology-based businesses provide key components of the steadily growing economy, as do top-notch healthcare facilities. Knox County is home to three universities, a career/technical center, and five local school districts.

Mission and Values

Mission

“At Kenyon, we build strong foundations for lives of purpose and consequence. We harness the transformative power of a liberal arts education — engaging in spirited, informed, and collaborative inquiry — to form a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the world and all who inhabit it.”

Values

Intellectual Empowerment and Creativity

  • “We cultivate intellectual courage and humility in equal measure. We confront enduring and emerging questions with honesty and imagination. In the tradition of the liberal arts, we seek greater self-awareness and equip ourselves to learn for a lifetime.”

Embracing Differences

  • “We commit to engaging a wide range of viewpoints, developing compassionate thinkers who value and embrace diverse cultures and identities. We believe equitable access to opportunity is essential to fostering a community in which every person has a sense of full belonging and the tools to reach their full potential.”

Kindness, Respect, and Integrity

  • “We treat one another with respect and kindness, speaking with sincerity and acting with integrity, for we recognize the fundamental dignity of all. This unifies us across our backgrounds, identities, and positions. Practicing these challenging ideals connects us to the best parts of what makes us human. We support a culture in which we contribute to the well-being of others while we also care for ourselves.”

Enduring Connections to People and Place

  • “Our residential environment promotes rich collaborations and lifelong connections. We form a close-knit and lasting community with strong ties to the village, county, nation, and world. Our natural setting shapes the way we learn and live, and we recognize our vital role in stewarding the environment.”

Leadership

Dr. Sean M. Decatur – President

Sean M. Decatur became the 19th president of Kenyon College on July 1, 2013. Shortly after arriving, he led the community in a yearlong conversation to identify the strategic initiatives that would propel the College into its third century. The result is the Kenyon 2020 Plan, which lays out three priorities: continuing to attract a diverse group of academically talented students; preparing students for post-graduation success; and building community on campus, in the region, and among the worldwide Kenyon family. In October 2018, the College announced a $300-million comprehensive campaign to support these priorities, buoyed by a $75-million lead gift, the largest in the College’s history.

Under Decatur’s leadership, Kenyon has attracted its most diverse and academically talented incoming classes in history. In 2017, Kenyon became a member of the American Talent Initiative, a coalition of colleges working to expand access and opportunity by graduating 50,000 additional highly talented lower-income students by 2025. Efforts like this, combined with an ensemble of Kenyon programs aimed at increasing diversity and fostering inclusion, support Decatur’s commitment to building educational communities where talented students from all backgrounds can gain access and thrive.

Decatur is a lifelong champion of the liberal arts and an emerging voice in the national conversation about higher education. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the “Room for Debate” forum in the New York Times. He has twice appeared at SXSWedu and been a guest on the Ezra Klein Show on Vox. One of his essays, “When the Number 9 Bus Was Like Home, and Downtown Was My Playground,” was selected for the 2012 book Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology.

Prior to assuming the Kenyon presidency, Decatur served as a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oberlin College from 2008 to 2013. From 1995 to 2008, he was an assistant and associate professor of chemistry at Mount Holyoke College, where he helped establish a top research program in biophysical chemistry. He was a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2004 to 2005.

Decatur has won research grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health and from private foundations including the Alzheimer’s Association, Dreyfus Foundation, and Research Corporation for Science Advancement. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and has received a number of national awards for his scholarship, including a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 1999 and a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2003. He was named an Emerging Scholar of 2007 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine and currently serves on the Science Education Advisory Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Decatur was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2017 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Decatur attended the Hawken School before earning his bachelor’s degree at Swarthmore College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1990. He earned a doctorate in biophysical chemistry at Stanford University in 1995; his dissertation was titled “Novel Approaches to Probing Structure-Function Relationships in Myoglobin.”

Academic Programs and Faculty

Kenyon’s curriculum covers the full range of academic fields. There are 18 departments, most of them focusing on a single traditional discipline, such as art and gender studies, and more than 50 majors, minors, and concentrations. The College also offers numerous joint majors and interdisciplinary programs, recognizing that important insights often draw on multiple fields.

  • 99 percent of tenure-track faculty hold a terminal degree.
  • Zero classes at Kenyon are taught by a teaching assistant.
  • 11 modern and classical languages are offered at Kenyon.
  • 89 percent of Kenyon students graduate in four years.
  • 25 percent of faculty members identify as ethnically diverse.

The Student Body

Kenyon College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,734, with a gender distribution of 45-percent male students and 55-percent female students. At Kenyon, 99 percent of students live in housing owned, operated, or affiliated with the College, and one percent of students live off campus. In sports, Kenyon College is part of the NCAA III.

Demographics of the student body:

  • White: 70%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • International: 7%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • Black: 4%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Unknown: 3%

Class of 2019 Demographics

  • Domestic students of color: 22%
  • International students: 4%
  • First-generation students: 9%
  • Male students: 45%
  • Female students: 55%
  • Number of countries represented: 18
  • Number of states or territories represented: 42

States with the largest enrollments: Ohio, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Michigan, Connecticut, Colorado, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Minnesota, Indiana.

  • Public-school students 52%
  • Private-school students 37%
  • Parochial-school students 11%

Benefits Overview

As an employee of Kenyon College, the following benefits are available:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Prescription drug insurance
  • Long term disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Prescription drug insurance
  • Discounts
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Flexible spending account
  • Tuition benefits
  • Leave benefits

For a more detailed look at Kenyon College benefits, visit the website at:

https://www.kenyon.edu/directories/offices-services/human-resources/benefits/

Application & Nomination

Review of applications has been extended one week and will begin April 13, 2020. Applications will be accepted 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 Valerie B. Szymkowicz at vbs@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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