Susan Baldridge

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Susan Baldridge, Ph.D. is Provost and Professor of Psychology.  As Provost, she serves as chief academic officer of Middlebury.  Her responsibilities reach across the academic programs of Middlebury including the College, the Institute at Monterey, the Language Schools, the Schools Abroad, the Bread Loaf School of English, the School of the Environment, and the Bread Loaf Conferences.

She came to Middlebury as Assistant Professor of Psychology in 1993, and has served in several administrative positions, including as Dean of the Faculty and most recently as Vice President for Strategy and Planning.  In that position, she worked closely with the president and other senior leaders to coordinate institutional planning across the institution.   She also worked closely with the Board of Trustees on its recent restructuring.  She oversaw Middlebury’s 2011 self-study and reaccreditation review.

Susan received her Ph.D. in social psychology from UCLA.  Professor Baldridge teaches a variety of courses on human sexuality, social psychology, and statistics, and her research focuses on the intersection of the study of gender, sexuality, and close relationships.  Her most recent work is on stereotype threat as an explanation for gender differences in visuospatial ability. 

What is a Provost?

Strategic Planning

The provost reports to the president and is the senior administrative officer to the Strategy Committee of the board of trustees.  In consultation with the faculty, senior administration, and board, the provost develops and implements strategic plans and initiatives, particularly those that involve multiple academic programs.


The provost works closely with the chief financial officer to ensure the appropriate allocation of resources to support Middlebury’s academic and strategic priorities. The provost oversees academic budgets, and in collaboration with faculty and the senior administration, develops short- and long-term financial, facilities, and human resource plans for all academic programs of the institution.


The provost’s office regularly assesses the institution’s curricula, academic departments, and programs.  The provost also oversees accreditation for the institution.

Curricular and pedagogical innovation

The provost promotes the enhancement of learning through curricular and pedagogical innovation, particularly through the use of instructional technologies.

Academic Partnerships and Collaborations

The provost promotes and supports academic partnerships and collaborations across Middlebury’s programs and with other institutions and organizations.  

Full Participation

Together with the senior administration, faculty, staff, and students, the provost promotes diversity and full participation of all members of the Middlebury academic community.


The provost supports the president and works with the vice president for academic development and the advancement office on fundraising initiatives, especially those relevant to the academic programs of the institution

A New Provost for Middlebury

Click here to read the Newsroom story about Susan Baldridge's appointment as Provost.