Office of the University Provost
The Office of the University Provost occupies a unique and significant place at Fairleigh Dickinson University at the intersection of the University's domestic and international campuses, as well as its faculty, staff and student communities.
Since its establishment, the Office of the University Provost has sought to foster collaboration across the University and manage changes in policies and practices that affect the academic life of the University as a whole. The Office of the University Provost has focused its efforts in the areas of organizational change, cross-faculty collaboration, academic and administrative computing, assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness, core institutional values and assets, and the well-being of the University community.
The Office of the University Provost is responsible for the academic budget, leadership of the faculty, and academic program development—including community outreach programs, oversight of institutional accreditation, and promoting scholarly and other pertinent activities. In addition, the Office of the University Provost is deeply committed to promoting practices that are designed to facilitate student engagement. Such practices include capstone experiences, student research, experiential learning, and study abroad—to name a few.
Gillian Small, Ph.D.
Dr. Gillian Small's appointment as University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fairleigh Dickinson University takes effect August 1, 2016. As the University’s chief academic officer and second-ranking official, Dr. Small will provide 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 will work closely with the vice and associate provosts, campus provosts, college and school deans, faculty leadership, and other senior administrators of the University. An internationally recognized scholar, Small comes to FDU from The City University of New York (CUNY) where she has 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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