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.
Members of UO leadership have scheduled open office hours over the next several weeks that are available to students, faculty and staff. These office hours offer opportunities for private conversations about ongoing concerns. While there are no easy answers to the many difficult challenges that we face as a community, leaders are available to listen and learn in order to help our campus find solutions and paths forward.
This is an exciting time for the University of Oregon. As we step into the future, we must focus on our vision of pursuing academic excellence in all that we do. This vision will be realized by expanding our faculty and enhancing our capacity for innovation and research. In addition to expanding our faculty, the university is recruiting for several important executive academic leadership positions.
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.