10 Provost Blogs to Check Out
By Maggie Wirtanen Aug 14, 2012
Reading a provost's blog can give current students, future students, and even individuals working at a school fresh insight into the school's academic environment. That's because a provost is the chief academic officer of a school and advocates for the awareness of educational matters that take place at his or her school or within higher education in general. From making decisions about new courses to reviewing application for tenure, a provost has responsibilities that run far and wide. Check out these blogs, in no particular order, to find out more about provosts' views on important issues in education.
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Provost Gredy's Blog, Cedarville University. In this provost blog, Dr. John Gredy raises questions about leadership in difficult times. Gredy says in one post that leaders must be focus-driven and have courage and self-sacrifice to help institutions reach more potential. In other posts, he tackles issues such as building dynamic organizations and motivating people in the workplace.
Provost Stearns's Blog, George Mason University. Look to this provost's blog, maintained by Dr. Peter N. Stearns, to find out more information about GMU. Provost Stearns generally discusses topics that are deemed topical in higher education, such as how to regulate online learning, the growing costs of college, and the role of technology in education.
The Provost's Blog: An Academic Adventure, Hofstra University. Dr. Herman Berliner, provost of Hofstra University, addresses everything from the idea of a "flipped classroom" to recent unemployment rates in his blog. Not only does he provide updates about campus activities and events, but he also gives his insights into what is happening in higher education. He also speaks frankly about political issues. For example, in his June 25 "Weather and Politics" post, he discusses how the presidential candidates should speak honestly regarding their plans for government spending cuts.
The NUS Provost Contemplates, National University of Singapore. Provost Tan Eng Chye's blog, based in Singapore, features academia-based discussions. Provost Tan invites all readers to become stakeholders in the school and address important issues to help the school with continued advancement. One of his most recent posts describes a survey that showed that honesty, kindness and gratitude were identified as top values for the Singaporeans interviewed. He addresses whether these values are helpful when it comes to advancement in inventions and Nobel laureates.
Provost Vasquez's Blog, University of Hartford. In this provost blog, Sharon L. Vasquez provides helpful school updates and reminders for students. For instance, on July 15, she made a post reminding readers that it was just six weeks until the start of the fall semester. Her blog is also full of reminders about commencement dates, spring breaks, and other school events.
Provost's Blog: Academic Affairs * Weekly Updates, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Receive updates regarding weekly academic affairs at this Kansas City school. Read about the fifteen Heart of America awards won by the school's public radio station KCUR. Find out about the new staff changes, including Theodore White coming on board as the interim dean of the school of biological sciences. Provost Gail Hackett's blog features a variety of contributors, giving readers a breadth of insight into what's happening at this public university.
Provost Abdallah's Blog, University of New Mexico. In this blog, Dr. Chaouki Abdallah addresses issues such as the role and future of universities and the cost of education. For example, in one post, he discusses the departure of the University of Virginia's President Sullivan in addition to a TED talk about artificial intelligence in regards to the accessibility of future of education.
From the Desk of the Provost, University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. John Frederick rocks this provost blog with personal stories about what's happening at the school. Consider the story of one graduate who was hooded by her own mother, an associate professor of communication and assistant vice provost for assessment, back in June. In another post, a professor at the school recounts her interview horror story. This blog is a pleasure to read and will provide readers with a personal look at the school.
Provost Pinizzotto's Blog, Wentworth Institute of Technology. This blog focuses on critical educational issues, particularly those related to academic leadership. Dr. Russell Pinizzotto also addresses what's happening in the provost's office and what the school's various chairs and deans are up to.
Provost Johnson's Blog, MGH Institute of Health Professions. Provost Alex Johnson uses this blog to address matters of community, education, and professional improvement. He provides updates regarding issues that impact the various health professions, as well as recent triumphs for the school. For example, one post in April highlights an exciting approval to grant the degree, Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences, allowing the institute to offer a "full complement of academic degrees at the graduate level."
What to do from here?
After reading the above blogs, you'll hopefully have a better understanding of a particular school or academic field of interest to you and deeper insight into how a provost can be a leading force at a school.