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Academics: Office of the Provost

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Office of the Provost

Sharon Davies
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Sharon Davies

Sharon Davies is the appointed provost and vice president of academic affairs at Spelman College, effective June 1, 2017. Davies’ career experiences span both academic and non-academic fields. She joins Spelman from The Ohio State University where she is vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer. For the past 22 years, Davies has been a member of OSU’s Moritz College of Law faculty, currently serving as the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

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Duties and Responsibilities

The provost is the senior officer of the College responsible for the academic affairs of the institution. The provost reports directly to the president and oversees the following areas:

The Provost's duties and responsibilities include the role of chief adviser to the president and to the faculty on academic affairs for which the provost formulates educational policies, presenting them to the faculty for consideration and to the president for approval; overseeing and enhancing academic programs and the academic work of the College; reviewing and recommending proposals related to academic programs; and staffing the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.  The provost also calls the attention of the College, and specifically the faculty, to changing thoughts and practices in higher education.

The Office of the Provost is responsible for recruitment, orientation, and retention of faculty. The provost recommends, in consultation with the Tenure and Promotion Committee,  candidates for tenure and promotion.

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Faculty Excellence at Spelman College