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Office of the Provost

The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for leadership, oversight, and advocacy for Columbia College Chicago’s academic mission. As the College’s Chief Academic Officer, the Provost/VPAA articulates a vision for academics at Columbia, providing strategic direction to support effective teaching, learning, scholarship, and creativity at Columbia.  Specifically, the Provost/VPAA oversees the School of Fine and Performing Arts, School of Media Arts, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Academic Support, the Library, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Center for Black Music Research, and Semester in L.A. Special Assistants to the Provost work on specific College-wide tasks for limited periods of time.

The Provost/VPAA also works closely with the Chairs’ Council and Faculty Senate to manage faculty affairs in a manner that is principled and consistent with best practices. These practices include faculty hiring, development, and evaluation; implementation of tenure and rank policies; administration of the part-time faculty’s union contract; and management of the Faculty Annual Activity Report.

The Provost/VPAA works in close partnership with the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Campus Environment, the Office of Business Affairs, and other Cabinet-level offices to ensure principled stewardship of budgets and other College resources.  Additionally, the Provost/VPAA serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and as staff to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. A Provost’s Council deliberates matters of policy and principles that underlie the academic enterprise. Regular Provost’s Forums provide information to the campus and the opportunity for members of the faculty and academic staff to raise questions about issues of importance to their work at the College.


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