Office of the University Provost
Welcome to the Office of the University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
The provost is the chief academic officer responsible for academic affairs and for academic budgeting. This role includes the oversight of all academic programs and ensuring academic excellence, innovation, entrepreneurship and a commitment to global education.
Working collaboratively with our deans and other senior administrators in supporting the efforts of our outstanding faculty, I am also responsible for strategic planning and policy development related to our academic mission, with the goal of preparing our students to become productive, responsible and accountable global citizens.
While our focus is especially on nurturing and teaching our students, I am also committed to supporting our faculty in their research and scholarly activities. I firmly believe that when faculty pursue an active program of research and scholarship, they enrich their teaching and the student experience by incorporating insights from their own research into their instructional activities, student advising and related work. Further, this provides opportunities for students to participate in research projects, which has been proven to enhance the undergraduate experience and increase retention and timely graduation.
I am delighted to be part of the FDU family and want to express my respect and support for the outstanding work of the dedicated faculty, staff and students who together define the FDU community.
I look forward to seeing you on one of our campuses,
University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Gillian Small, Ph.D.
Dr. Gillian Small was appointed University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2016. As the University’s chief academic officer and second-ranking official, Dr. Small provides the academic and administrative leadership necessary to ensure a strong commitment to academic excellence and to scholarly values that complement the University’s mission and strategic plan. In determining the University’s academic strategy and priorities, Dr. Small works closely with the vice and associate provosts, campus executives, college and school deans, faculty leadership, and other senior administrators of the University. An internationally recognized scholar, Small came to FDU from The City University of New York (CUNY) where she served as the Vice Chancellor for Research. [Full Bio]
Peter J. Woolley, Ph.D.
Dr. Peter J. Woolley is Senior Vice Provost for Government and Community affairs at Fairleigh Dickinson University. In this capacity, Dr. Woolley is responsible for tracking federal and state legislation affecting the University, liaising with elected and appointed government officials, overseeing the University’s legislative priorities, and cultivating relations with county and local governments where the University has campuses. Reporting to Dr. Woolley is the University’s nationally recognized polling institute—PublicMind, as well as the Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, the acclaimed Literary Review, and the Dean of Wroxton College—the University's overseas campus in Oxfordshire, England. Dr. Woolley also serves as Provost of the Florham Campus in Madison-Florham Park, New Jersey. [Full Bio]
Robert F. Vodde, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert F. Vodde is Provost of the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Vodde has spent 16 years developing and leading the School of Criminal Justice, Political Science, and International Studies, part of University College, the arts and sciences college of the Metropolitan Campus. [Full Bio]
Jason A. Scorza, Ph.D.
Dr. Jason A. Scorza is Vice Provost for Academic and International Affairs and Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Scorza oversees the University's global learning programs and international initiatives. Reporting to Dr. Scorza are the University Core Program, the Office of Global Learning, the Office of Global Partnerships, and the Study Abroad Office. Dr. Scorza is also Deputy Secretary-General of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) and a member of the United Nations/IAUP Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution, and Peace. [Full Bio]
Catherine Kelley, Ph.D.
Dr. Catherine Kelley is Associate Provost for Educational Resources and Assessment at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Kelley's responsibilities include managing the University's assessment activities -- chairing the Provost’s Learning Outcomes Assessment Advisory Committee (PLOAAC), chairing the Library Steering Committee, and overseeing the work of the Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology. [Full Bio]
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