Laura Hartley

Laura Hartley, PhD

Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Associate Provost for Student Academic Success


Office: Lemmons 9A

Laura Hartley is associate provost for student academic success and dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at George Fox, where she has served since 2013. Her personal mission is to create hospitable spaces where people can thrive. 

As one of seven academic deans, Hartley serves on the university’s academic leadership team, a group that collaboratively plans and leads all academic programs and initiatives at the institution. Since July of 2017, she has served as associate provost for student academic success, providing leadership for directors overseeing the Office of Student Learning Support Services and other student success initiatives. Hartley also regularly teaches first-year experience and linguistics courses. 

Prior to arriving at George Fox, Hartley served as associate dean of the Templeton Honors College of Eastern University in St. David’s, Pennsylvania, for seven years and was also director of general education for three of those years. At both George Fox and Eastern, she played an instrumental role working with faculty on successful revision and implementation of new general education packages. In her honors college work, Hartley was responsible for academic advising for first-year honors students, academic and co-curricular programming, and curriculum oversight and staffing. 

At Eastern, she held the title of associate professor of language and culture and taught courses in linguistics, communication and anthropology. She also worked for six years as a grant writer in the Office of the Provost and Development Office, as well as an instructor in the Masters of Intercultural Relations program, at Lesley University (Cambridge, Massachusetts). 

Hartley has been involved in community service in a number of ways. She currently serves as a board member of the Yamhill Enrichment Society and is a past advisory board member for the Centre for Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford. She has served in various leadership roles as a member of United Methodist churches in four states. 

Hartley received her doctor of philosophy degree from Michigan State University in linguistics, with an emphasis in sociolinguistics, in 1999, a master’s degree in linguistics from MSU in 1996, and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (mathematics, communication, and world languages) from Wheaton College (Illinois) in 1991. She has participated in the Penn State Academic Leadership Academy, the Leadership Development Institute and Advanced Women’s Leadership Institute of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and the Senior Leadership Academy of the Council of Independent Colleges. 

Laura has been married to Ben Hartley, associate professor of Christian mission at George Fox, for more than 25 years. They have two college-aged children.