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The Gordon community welcomed Dr. Janel Curry as the College’s new provost August 1, 2012. A scholar in geography and environmental studies, Dr. Curry came to Gordon from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she served on the faculty as both an educator and an administrator for sixteen years. A two-time Fulbright Scholar, she recently worked for the Fulbright Program at the City University of Hong Kong.

As the chief academic officer at Gordon College, Dr. Curry leads an intellectual community of scholars and teachers in 19 academic departments, reporting to the President and serving as a member of the President's Cabinet. She oversees numerous academic programs, provides guidance to curriculum needs and pedagogy, and helps connect faculty with specific grant opportunities and scholarship contributions. She also writes weekly email updates called “Margins” for the faculty, where she discusses trends in higher education, unique pedagogy practices, and specific accomplishments by Gordon professors. When Dr. Curry is not attending meetings, campus lectures, athletic events, concerts, plays or exhibits, she can be founding exploring and hiking the trails and woods of the North Shore.

Dr. Curry’s essay, “The Education of a Provost,” published December 18, 2012, in the Chronicle of Higher Education, explores the personal and professional experiences that uniquely prepared her for her current role as Gordon’s first woman provost. 

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