Piloted in 2018, the Provost Fellows Program is designed to provide focused leadership and administrative experience for tenured faculty members. The nomination cycle is now open through April 28, 2023. 


The Provost Fellows Program is designed to support strategic initiatives at the university level and develop leadership skills for tenured faculty. The program complements the University’s commitment to develop and mentor effective leaders by providing intense and focused experiences in leadership and administrative roles at the senior levels of the institution.

Fellows are involved in an issue of strategic importance to the university and become familiar with campus-wide academic initiatives, strategic planning, and shared governance. Fellows will assume leadership responsibility for a focused project that supports a strategic need of the university. They are provided opportunities to participate in leadership meetings and engage with colleagues in the Office of the Provost and other academic and administrative units.

The Office of the Provost will provide partial support for teaching release and/or other service or assigned duties during the appointment period. Fellows may be provided funding to continue their involvement during the summer and modest discretionary travel and/or professional development funds. The specific details will be negotiated between the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, unit head, and fellow. These resources can be used to fund activities on campus, to learn about organizational and academic leadership structures and processes at other institutions, to participate in formal mentoring opportunities, and/or to attend professional conferences.

2022 Provost Fellow

Katherine Gunter

Dr. Gunter is a tenured professor in Extension Family and Community Health and the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Her work emphasizes the translation of research to practice with the goal of increasing physical activity behaviors and improving health outcomes across the lifespan. She does this by working with stakeholders to develop and adapt innovative programs, policies, systems, and environments. Dr. Gunter’s work stimulates community engagement and produces evidence-based solutions to make it easier for people to engage in health promoting physical activity. As a Provost Fellow she will work with Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Rick Settersten and shared governance partners on initiatives aimed at strengthening promotion and tenure processes throughout the university.