The Provost and Dean of the Faculty is the chief academic officer of the College and is responsible to the President and the Board of Trustees for the following areas of College life: faculty personnel matters, including recruitment and faculty pool diversity, faculty evaluation, and development; the curriculum, its policies and standards, and the faculty; this also includes Libraries, Registrar, Institutional Research, Phillips Museum, Writers House, Floyd Institute, Wohlsen Center, Writing Center, Center for the Liberal Arts and Society, Postgraduate Fellowships, the Joseph International Center and Office of International Programs, and the Central Pennsylvania Consortium. The Provost also serves as Middle States Association liaison.
The Provost is supported by two associate Deans, the Vice President for Planning and Vice Provost, and other staff.
Like the President, the Provost serves ex officio on all faculty committees. The Provost chairs the Professional Standards Committee, and either the Provost or the Provost's designee serves on Faculty Council, the Educational Policy Committee, and the Budget Priorities Committee. The Provost also serves on the Academic Affairs and the Facilities Planning and Public Safety Committees of the Board of Trustees and on other Trustee committees as requested.
In July, 2014, Joel Martin, Ph.D., became Provost and Dean of the Faculty.
Joel has enjoyed a remarkable career as an educator, a scholar and a leader. Some members of our community will remember him from his distinguished service as a faculty member in F&M’s Department of Religious Studies, which he joined in 1988 and chaired from 1996 until his departure in 2000 to become the Costo Endowed Chair in American Indian Affairs and professor of history and religious studies at the University of California-Riverside.
At UC-Riverside, Joel went on to serve as chair of the Department of Religious Studies from 2002 to 2004, and as interim dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences from 2004 to 2006. He then was appointed dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UMass-Amherst. He was named a university distinguished professor in 2007 and assumed his current position of vice provost for academic personnel and dean of the faculty in 2010. In this role Joel has oversight of all academic personnel — including more than 1,000 faculty positions — as well as the university’s Center for Teaching and initiatives related to faculty development.
A summa cum laude graduate of the Birmingham-Southern College, Joel earned a master’s of theological studies degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D., with honors, in the history of religious studies from Duke University. He also has received a number of prestigious fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Princeton University, the U.S. Department of Education (Jacob K. Javitz and National Graduate Fellowships), Duke University (Kearns Graduate Fellowship), and Rotary International.