Search for the PROVOST






The American University of Paris (AUP), a liberal arts institution that is American by tradition, French by location, and global in both intake and outlook, seeks an innovative, collaborative, and dynamic leader to serve as its next Provost and chief academic officer. Chartered in 1962 and located in the prestigious 7th arrondissement of Paris, AUP provides a student-centered, academically rigorous, and career-enabling education to degree-seeking students, both undergraduate and graduate, from around the world.


A distinctive liberal arts university, AUP’s permanent faculty and staff of just under 250 engage throughout the academic year with a student body of around 1,400 students, enabling them to cross cultural barriers and academic disciplines with ease and to assume their places as responsible global citizens. Students represent 102 nationalities and speak 62 languages. The size of the student body combined with the institution’s pedagogical philosophy creates an intimate, engaging, and stimulating educational environment. Classes are conducted in English, though most students and faculty speak more than one language. The University’s 21st-century curriculum prepares students for tomorrow’s world where critical thinking, communication skills, digital mastery, and cross-cultural understanding will be required.


Under the leadership of President Sonya Stephens, the Provost will join AUP at an exciting moment as the University is primed to build upon its strong reputation and promote excellence across teaching, learning, and research. This is an outstanding opportunity for an accomplished scholar and administrative leader with an international perspective to influence and shape the University’s academic life. The Provost will work closely with the faculty, President, senior leadership, and the Board of Trustees to review and support the institution’s undergraduate and graduate curriculums, develop its vibrant research centers, and promote the teacher/scholar research model for faculty. The Provost will serve as a key member of the senior leadership team and play a pivotal role in achieving AUP’s academic, strategic, and financial/institutional goals.


The Provost will be charged with providing visionary leadership, bringing both a commitment to the liberal arts and an appetite for innovative methods for skills-building and career development. In this role, the Provost will provide academic advice and guidance to members of the senior leadership team, the President, and the Trustees, while ensuring the smooth functioning of the Academic Affairs team. The Provost will seek to forge external partnerships in Paris and globally. As the chief academic officer of the University, the Provost will support and develop a distinguished faculty, while shepherding a culture of trust, mutual respect, and transparency among and between the administration, faculty, and staff. The Provost will promote diversity and inclusion in the AUP community through all of these efforts.


The American University of Paris has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search and to help identify outstanding candidates. All inquiries, applications, and nominations for this opportunity should be directed to the search firm as indicated below.


Dan Rodas, Partner

Amble Ryan, Senior Associate

Nicole Sancilio, Search Coordinator

Isaacson, Miller


We invite and encourage members of underrepresented populations to apply. The University is an equal opportunity employer and we view diversity as an essential source of our vitality and strength.