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Provost Jayanth Banavar

Jayanth R. Banavar is the provost and senior vice president of the University of Oregon. He began serving as provost in July 2017.

As the UO’s chief academic officer, Banavar serves as guardian of the university’s academic excellence, working with faculty and staff members, students, and other stakeholders to ensure the university maintains the highest-possible quality of scholarly activity and educational programs.


Provost's Updates 

New Dean of the Graduate School

June 5, 2018 - It is my privilege to announce that Janet Woodruff-Borden has agreed to serve as the next dean of the Graduate School. Janet is an accomplished professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Louisville, where she also serves as associate dean for graduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences. Please join me in congratulating Janet Woodruff-Borden. We look forward to her joining us at UO this summer.

VPAA Announcement

May 31, 2018 - It is with great enthusiasm that the provost’s office announces that Ellen Herman, professor of history, has agreed to join the provost’s office as the permanent (no longer interim) vice provost for academic affairs. Ellen will join the office at a 0.5 FTE and focus on promotion and tenure as well as other faculty-specific matters.The office still has a need for the other 0.5 FTE and will launch a search shortly for a 0.5 associate vice provost position.

2018 Institutional Hiring Plan

May 10, 2018 - The provost has released the 2018 Institutional Hiring Plan, which authorizes tenure-track faculty searches across the schools and colleges. The Institutional Hiring Plan represents a 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 university’s efforts 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.

Additional Provost's Updates


Undergraduate Studies

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.

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International Affairs

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.

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UO in Portland

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.

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