Strategic Priority: Scholarly Excellence

Advance scholarly excellence and innovation in teaching, research and creative work.

Strategic Priorities graphic of scholarly excellence


Roderick Nairn, PhD, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs


  • Plan and achieve a state-of-the-art facility for the College of Engineering, Design and Computing
  • Create the opportunity for every undergraduate student to have experiential learning through:
    • Undergraduate research
    • Internships
    • Applied learning
    • Study abroad
  • Increase support and visibility of research and scholarly activities as a differentiator in our crowded marketplace
  • Develop master plans for research and academic programs



  • Celebrated the groundbreaking of the Jake Jabs Event Center in the Business School
  • Developed the initial structure and strategies to support a significant expansion of online program offerings
  • Promoted evidence-based practices in teaching and learning through faculty fellowships provided by the Center for Faculty Development and ThinqStudio
  • Presented the first Distinguished Faculty Lecture featuring our own Dr. Stephanie Santorico
  • Completed $40M renovation of the North Classroom Building