The Office of the Provost supports faculty and students. Members of the office have particular areas of responsibility, but any member of the office will be glad to receive questions or concerns.

Margaret T. McFadden

Provost and Dean of Faculty
Eustis 306
Phone: 207-859-4772

Areas of Responsibility:

As the chief academic officer, the Provost and Dean of Faculty is ultimately responsible for the entire academic enterprise of the College–ranging from the hiring, review, and promotion of faculty to the structure and implementation of the curriculum.¬† The Provost manages these and other responsibilities with the assistance of the Provost’s Office staff, the various academic administrative offices, and the work of both Chairs/Directors and faculty.

  • Oversight of tenure-track and continuing faculty hiring
  • Oversight of promotion and tenure review
  • Faculty performance review
  • Diversity initiatives
  • Department and program resource allocation and budgets
  • Oversight of academic resources and facilities
  • Trustee initiatives
  • Oversight of the Colby Libraries, Off-Campus Study, Department of Athletics

Russell R. Johnson

Associate Provost for Academic Programs
Eustis 307
Phone: 207-859-4776

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Curricular oversight
  • Jan Plan curriculum
  • Faculty hiring
  • Department and program assessments
  • Liaison to Chairs/Directors
  • Management of academic spaces (e.g., faculty offices, classrooms, labs, etc.)
  • College academic partnerships (e.g., Bigelow, Jackson Labs, etc.)
  • Faculty course evaluations
  • Summer student research
  • Hiring visiting faculty

Carol A. Hurney

Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Phone: 207-859-4787
Eustis 203-A

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Faculty development
  • Faculty orientation
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Chair/Director training and support


James M. Sloat

Associate Provost and Associate Dean of Faculty
Phone: 207-859-4786
Eustis 203-C

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Academic project management (e.g., academic schedule, non-faculty academic searches, assessment/accreditation, etc.)
  • Oversight of Registrar’s office
  • Oversight of Academic Administrative Assistants
  • Colby Liberal Arts Symposium (CLAS)
  • Fellowships support
  • Liaison to Dean of Studies office
  • Liaison to non-academic administrative offices (e.g., Admissions, Athletics, Communications, etc.)

Arne Koch

Dean for Global Engagement
Eustis 203-B
Phone: 207-859-4788

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Global and international initiatives for faculty (e.g., global labs and innovation courses, OCS faculty mentor program)
  • Global and international initiatives for students
  • Global and international partnerships
  • Liaison to Off-Campus Studies
  • Liaison to Director of International Student Programs
  • Liaison to DavisConnects for global issues

Jean Marie Layton

Assistant Director of Faculty HR
Eustis 101
Phone: 207-859-4784

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Faculty human resource management
  • Faculty searches, appointments, relocation, on-boarding
  • I-9 employment verification
  • International faculty visas
  • Faculty payroll requests

Mandy A. Grant

Executive Assistant to the Provost and Dean of Faculty
Eustis 306
Phone: 207-859-4772

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Scheduling and referral related to the Provost and Provost’s Office
  • Reimbursements and accounts payable support (e.g., start-up funds, professional travel grants, endowed chair funds, other faculty requests for funding, student special projects fund)
  • Event support related to the Provost’s Office (e.g. Faculty Orientation/Regathering, Convocation, Faculty Retreat, Baccalaureate, Commencement, etc.)
  • Administrative support for Provost Office processes (e.g., faculty elections, course evaluations, web page, etc.)

Julia Bruno

Faculty Administrative Specialist
Eustis 102
Phone: 207-859-4778

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Workday and Interfolio support and processes for faculty and academic administrators
  • Faculty lifecycle processes (searches, recruitment, appointment, reimbursements, reviews)
  • Faculty searches, appointments, relocation, on-boarding
  • Faculty payroll requests