Faith Kirkham Hawkins joined Indiana University in 2009 as Chief of Staff to the Vice President for Research. She became an associate vice president in 2016. At IU, Hawkins oversees and coordinates the university’s Grand Challenges Program – https://grandchallenges.iu.edu
. In addition, she is leading university-wide efforts to increase success with large-scale proposals and create a more diverse funding portfolio.
Before joining IU, Hawkins was an assistant professor at Gustavus Adolphus College and also at Emory University, where she directed the Youth Theological Initiative, an academic and research program that conducts research into the theological perspectives of youth. At YTI, Hawkins wrote successful grant proposals totaling $4 million over five years.
Hawkins has also been a consultant at the Wabash Center at Wabash College, a center focused on strengthening education in North American theological schools, colleges, and universities.
She holds a B.A. from Smith College, an M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Emory University.