Provost and Academic Vice President
University of St. Francis Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
The University of St. Francis (USF) is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, learning, scholarship, learning and inclusion. We are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in the pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice. Our faculty, students, and staff are mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. USF strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect.
Founded in 1920, University of St. Francis is a Catholic Franciscan institution enrolling 4,166 traditional and adult undergraduate and graduate students in on-campus and online classes. The University offers over 100 undergraduate majors and minors, 20 masters programs and 2 doctoral programs.
The University’s main campus is a beautiful, wooded 24 acres in a residential area of Joliet, Illinois just 35 miles from downtown Chicago. USF opened a new state-of-the-art Science building this year as part of a multi-year, multimillion dollar campus improvement plan that includes a renovated and expanded College of Nursing facility on the nearby 10 acre St. Clare campus and a 2-building downtown Joliet campus that is home to the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center which supports programs from the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Business & Health Administration. Also in downtown Joliet is the USF Art & Design department and the USF Art Gallery. The University also has a campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico which is home to a thriving Physician Assistant program.
The University’s commitment to quality has been recognized by students, alumni, accreditation agencies, and evaluation firms. US News & World Report, the Princeton Review, College Consensus and other publications consistently rank University of St. Francis among the best universities on both regional and national levels, as well as for the best graduate, online, and veterans’ programs.
The University of St. Francis offers an abundance of scholarship opportunities -- a total of 88 -- for its students. A wide range of undergraduate degree programs include a number of professional tracks like dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and several others, allowing students to prepare for more advanced study in their chosen medical field. Students earn high value degrees in several education fields as part of the College of Education while students pursuing business-related programs find a ready job market after graduating from College of Business and Health Administration programs. USF students have access to many diverse and interesting programs within the College of Arts & Sciences including digital arts, music industry entrepreneurship, substance abuse counseling, recreation & sports management, and radiography, to name just a few.
USF has 24 men’s and women’s athletic teams as a highly competitive member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. USF’s proximity to Chicago (less than an hour’s drive) offers numerous cultural and educational opportunities to students and staff.
As the University of St. Francis’ chief academic officer, the provost has a broad responsibility for ensuring that University programs and faculty are of the highest quality. The provost directs the development and implementation of its academic plans and policies, and supervises the work of its faculties, departments, and programs.
In cooperation with other senior administrative officers, the provost develops the University annual budget and long-term financial plans and oversees the creation of strong administrative services to support University academic activities. The provost oversees, coordinates and promotes the excellence and integrity of academic programming, scholarly work and creative activity where student success involving high quality student learning, persistence and degree completion are top priorities. As a member of the President's Cabinet, the provost develops and implements strategic goals and initiatives and coordinates regional, national and international activities to support the mission and priorities of the university. The provost guides and supports teaching and learning at USF through bold leadership of an engaged and collaborative faculty and staff, positive working relationships across university divisions and the recruitment, development, and retention of a diverse and forward-thinking faculty and staff.
One of the most important responsibilities of the provost is to decide, with the assistance of the Tenure Review Committee, who should be recommended to the president and trustees for tenure. The provost also authorizes, directly or through a representative, all academic appointments, salaries, and leaves, and reviews faculty grievances.
The provost and vice president for academic affairs:
- Supports the university’s Catholic, Franciscan values and mission.
- Serves as the chief advisor to the President on all academic matters.
- Leads the university’s culture for continuous quality improvement and plays a key role in strategic planning for the institution.
- Leads the university’s tenure and promotion process working with deans and department heads to guide faculty mentorship programs.
- Leads the college’s accreditation process on Higher Education (HLC) coordinating and planning for accreditation self-study processes and reporting on university-wide accreditation relevant policies, procedures, and guidelines.
- Ensures university-wide compliance with all international, federal and state rules and regulations regarding accreditation and program registration.
- Assist the university in identifying and understanding emerging internal and external issues and significant environmental changes, both opportunities and challenges to the University.
- Collaborates with the college deans, the director of institutional research and teaching and learning dean to ensure educational quality and rigor in each degree program.
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