Provost and Dean of the Faculty

The Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty is responsible for administering the academic program of the College. The Office's general areas of responsibility include the faculty; the curriculum; academic support services; the academic program budget; grants and faculty development; institutional governance; accreditation and assessment; and relations with alumni, students, and external audiences.

The Provost and Dean of the Faculty is the chief academic officer of the College and as Provost represents Whitman College in the absence of the President.

An organization chart of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty Office can be found here.

Patrick K. Spencer

Interim Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Memorial Building 308
Telephone: (509) 527-5397

  • Biography
  • Curriculum Vitae

Responsibilities specific to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty include but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversee overall development of academic program and prepare annual revisions to College strategic plan
  • Prepare and submit reports to Board of Trustees about academic program and faculty
  • Chair, Committee of Division Chairs; Member, President's Council; Member of Personnel Committee (ex officio)
  • Supervise Registrar; Associate Deans; directors of Penrose Library, Off-Campus Studies Program, Institutional Research, and Athletics; department chairs and directors of interdisciplinary programs
  • Formulate annual Provost and Dean of the Faculty budget request; supervise administration of academic and academic program support budgets
  • Oversee all tenure track searches
  • Evaluate all tenure track faculty annually; conduct periodic review of all tenured faculty
  • Determine salaries of all instructional staff and non-instructional staff in offices that report to Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty
  • Administer sabbatical leave, family leave, leave of absence programs, Salary Continuation Plan, and retirement programs
  • Work with Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations in development and oversight of external grants designed to support academic program
  • Work with Office of Development and College Relations in securing endowments to support faculty positions and academic program


Lisa Perfetti


Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Memorial Building 312
Telephone: (509) 527-5187

Responsibilities specific to the Associate Dean for Faculty Development include but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinate steering committee of Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
  • Organize and oversee new faculty orientation and year-long teaching series
  • Implement "Advancing Excellence in Teaching" endowment initiatives (e.g., Innovations in Teaching and Learning grants, Cross-Disciplinary Learning and Teaching Initiative, etc.)
  • Formulate and oversee diversity efforts, including but not limited to faculty recruitment
  • Oversee Professional Development Accounts
  • Chair Aid to Scholarship and Instructional Development (ASID) Committee
  • Assist faculty in identifying individual grant opportunities (e.g., National Endowment for the Humanities, Keck Foundation, etc.)
  • Conduct Informal review of tenure-track faculty
  • Oversee Mentoring Program
  • Review and update department chairs handbook
  • Oversee hiring of contingent faculty and participate in their evaluation
  • Ex officio member of Committee of Division Chairs; Member of President's Council; Ex officio member of College Collections Committee
  • Supervise Sponsored Program Coordinator and directors of Office of Fellowships and Grants, Maxey Museum, Sheehan Art Gallery


Kendra Golden


Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Biology
Memorial Building 311
Telephone (509) 527-5210

Responsibilities specific to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide strategic leadership on curricular initiatives oversight (e.g., Global Studies Initiative)
  • Ex officio member of Committee of Division Chairs, Curriculum Committee, General Studies Committee, Off-Campus Studies Committee, Student Life Committee, Safety Committee, IACUC, Athletics
  • Member, President's Council
  • Serve as chair of Assessment Committee and develop assessment instruments for academic program
  • Oversee NWCCU Accreditation process      
  • Coordinate external reviews of academic departments
  • Oversee Director of Encounters and staff General Studies 145/46 and 245
  • Oversee Written and Oral Communications Initiative and Writing Center
  • Monitor enrollment trends and, where appropriate, recommend hiring of contingent faculty
  • Assist departments in developing two-year curriculum and staffing plans for academic departments and interdisciplinary programs
  • Oversee pre-major advising (with Academic Resource Center)
  • Administer student research and conference budgets
  • Oversee Language Assistant program

Provost Staff:
Karen Zollman, Associate to the Provost/Dean of the Faculty
Susan Bennett, Executive Assistant
Qi Jia, Senior Academic Assistant 
Ruth Ladderud
, Administrative Assistant

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