Jim Wohlpart was named Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Northern Iowa effective June 1, 2015. Jim spent the previous twenty-one years assisting with the opening and establishment of Florida Gulf Coast University, a new public university in the state of Florida with an emphasis on service learning, sustainability, and innovative undergraduate education. He served in the roles of Chair of the Division of Humanities and Arts (2000-2005), Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Graduate Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences (2005-2011), and Dean of Undergraduate Studies (2011-2015).
Jim earned his PhD in English from the University of Tennessee, his MA in English from Colorado State University, and his BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He has published widely in sustainability, environmental literature and philosophy, and nineteenth-century American literature. He has won awards for teaching and course design, for scholarship, and for developing partnerships across academic affairs, student affairs, and athletics.
During the summer and fall semesters, I will spend a great deal of time and energy listening deeply to faculty, staff, and students on campus to get a sense of the priorities that we will establish for Academic Affairs and the Provost's Office. In the coming year, we will be working towards developing an Academic Master Plan, with Open Forums scheduled for early September, that will assist in outlining strategies for meeting the priorities of Academic Affairs.
I encourage you to attend the Fall Faculty Meeting, currently scheduled for Monday, August 31 at 3:30 in the Lang Hall Auditorium. At that meeting, I will discuss my leadership philosophy and begin to outline priorities. I encourage everyone to attend.
In the meantime, if you have suggestions, please feel free to stop by my office. Thank you.
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