Open forums slated for vice provost candidates

April 22, 2016 | UToday, — Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
By Staff

Two internal candidates for the vice provost for retention and undergraduate studies position have been identified by the search committee.

They are Dr. Brian Ashburner, interim provost for retention and undergraduate studies and associate professor of biological sciences, and Dr. Willie McKether, special assistant to the president for diversity, associate dean in the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, and associate professor of anthropology.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to get to know the candidates at two open forums. Each will take place from 1:15 to 2 p.m. in the Libbey Hall main dining room:

• Wednesday, April 27 — McKether.

• Thursday, April 28 — Ashburner.

The vice provost for retention and undergraduate studies is responsible for providing leadership in the implementation of strategic initiatives related to retention and the student experience as it relates to undergraduate education and programs.

The position oversees the administration of undergraduate academic student support services, which includes the Student Success and Retention Office, Learning Enhancement Center, Writing Center and First-Year Experience Programming.

In addition, the vice provost is responsible for the preparation, submission and improvement of the University’s college completion plan, and works collaboratively with colleges on UT admissions standards, curriculum development, enrollment opportunities, experiential learning, advising, coaching, and quality teaching to enhance the undergraduate student learning experiences, outcomes and success.

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