The Vice President for Academic Affairs is assisted by three Associate Vice Presidents, each a tenured faculty member, charged with overseeing a portfolio of responsibilities to support the mission and goals of the university. Each AVPAA is appointed to a renewable five-year term and evaluated by the Administrative Review Oversight Committee (AROC) according to the process identified in the Faculty Handbook.


AVPAA Roles and Responsibilities

In addition to the specific responsibilities assigned to each position in the Faculty Handbook, AVPAAs serve as a strategic thought-partner to the VPAA, coordinate the activities of the Divisional Advisory Councils (DACs), participate in the nomination and selection of department chairs, and lead special projects at the direction of the VPAA.

AVPAA: Curriculum and Faculty Development

In the role of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs: Curriculum and Faculty Development (AVPAA: CFD), Dr. Duane Coltharp provides leadership in the development and reform of undergraduate and graduate curricula in collaboration with the University Curriculum Council and the Commission on Graduate Studies.

As an ex-officio member of the University Curriculum Council, he supports academic departments and individual faculty members in all matters related to faculty promotion and tenure, reviews of probationary faculty members, and termination. He is responsible for editing and preparing the Courses of Study Bulletin and preparing the course schedule in collaboration with the Registrar.

He organizes New Faculty Orientation and leads development efforts for newly appointed department chairs. Coltharp supervises the selection process for the Z. T. Scott Faculty Fellowship, Murchison term professorships, the Piper Professor nomination, and other faculty awards.

The AVPAA: CFD provides strategic leadership for the Collaborative for Learning and Teaching and the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success. He manages curricular and pedagogical innovation grants.

AVPAA: Budget and Research

In the role of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs: Budget and Research (AVPAA:BR), Dr. David Ribble is responsible for supporting and promoting faculty scholarship and creative activities, overseeing supplemental funding requests for full-time faculty, start-up funding for new faculty, capital resource expenses, and advancing faculty development in securing external support. He works closely with all academic departments in managing a budget over $50 million that serves approximately 280 faculty and 185 staff.

He leads as an ex-officio member of the Faculty Development and Lecturers and Visiting Scholar Committees, and manages the operation of the DeCoursey and other major campus lecture series. 

The AVPAA: BR also provides leadership and guidance for the  Center for International Engagement, the Director for Sponsored Research, the Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Science Facilities Manager.

AVPAA: Student Academic Issues and Retention

As Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs: Student Academic Issues & Retention (AVPAA: SAIR), Dr. Jennifer Henderson is responsible for enhancing the student academic experience and offering strategies to improve student retention. In this capacity, he develops, manages, and assesses the University’s comprehensive action plan to improve the retention of undergraduate students.

He coordinates first-year student academic advising and adviser training; the Reading TUgether common reading program; the work of the Academic Honor Council and the Academic Honor Code; academic programs for New Student Orientation; Honors Awards Convocation, and the work of the major scholarships and fellowships committee. The AVPAA: SAIR receives student complaints regarding academic issues, including grade appeals and exceptions to academic policy.

The AVPAA: SAIR supervises the Advising Coordinator and First-Year Experience Coordinator.