Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives
As a key partner to the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Vice Provost for Academic initiatives harnesses a diversity of thoughts, ideas, strengths, and resources to develop a culture of academic excellence throughout the University and provide leadership for current and emerging academic programs. Working in partnership with the deans, department administrators, faculty, and senior leadership, the Vice Provost is responsible for the overall quality, relevance, and effectiveness of the academic programs; as well as an organizational unit to include the Honors Program, Undergraduate Research, General Education, and Center for Teaching Excellence.
The Vice Provost provides valuable leadership as the University continues to improve and expand academic programs, seeks to provide pathways that engage and retain students, investigates new curricular structures, grows the Honors and Undergraduate Research programs, and seeks to continually improve General Education through faculty engagement and input at both the institutional and at the statewide level. In collaboration with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation, the Vice Provost assesses current and proposed academic offerings and initiatives to assure the University’s continued high academic excellence. The Vice Provost contributes to the University strategic plan and direction through the support of academic excellence and development, which requires broad collaboration and facilitation.
The Vice Provost serves on appropriate University committees, such as the Associate Deans Forum and the University Curriculum, General Education, Teaching and Advising, Special Lab and Course Fees, and Academic Petitions Committees. Additionally, the Vice Provost functions as key advisor and project lead for initiatives discussed at Idaho State Board of Education committee meetings, including the Council on Academic Affairs and Programs as well as the Instruction, Research, and Student Affairs Committees.