Scott Coltrane was named provost and senior vice president at the University of Oregon in February 2014 following a comprehensive national search. He had been serving as the interim senior vice president and provost since July 2013. He also served as interim UO president from August 2014 until July 2015.
As the chief academic officer for the university, the provost provides leadership for matters that affect academic programs, research, and outreach involving faculty members, students, and staff members.
On July 1, Jayanth R. Banavar will become the University of Oregon’s next provost and senior vice president. President Michael H. Schill announced Banavar’s selection in a message to campus in February. A provost transition page has been developed as a tool in the coordination of his arrival at the university.
The provost has released the 2017-18 Institutional Hiring Plan, which includes 65 tenure-track faculty searches across the schools and colleges. The Institutional Hiring plan represents a major shift in the hiring process and culture for the university. It creates a new, holistic focus on the university’s most strategic and important goals within a comprehensive vision of UO’s broad research and teaching mission. This plan continues the push to hire tenure-track faculty who will enhance the UO’s scholarly profile and academic excellence and who will share our commitment to student success.
President Schill and Provost Coltrane have instructed each administrative unit, school and college to create a Diversity Action Plan in line with the IDEAL Framework. These plans should be developed in conjunction with faculty, students, and staff members of color and must articulate the steps units plan to take to promote diversity, combat racism, and ensure inclusion.
The Division of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) fosters the culture of inquiry at the heart of a superior residential research university. Undergraduate Studies promotes academic excellence, engagement, access, and success for all students. UGS programs support and supplement a student's educational journey, nurturing intellectual development and personal growth.
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) works to make the UO a more global university. In the 21st century higher education, international engagement is not an optional extra. OIA works to support and integrate the wide range of international engagements, global-scale projects, and transnational partnerships launched and maintained in our many academic units.
The University of Oregon has long been part of the fabric of Portland. And while home will always be Eugene, we hold Portland close to our heart. Each school and college in Portland is there to fill a specific need. Professional academic programs align students with industry leaders. Other departments bring the resources and partnerships of campus to alumni, donors, friends and prospective students.