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 20. 


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.

2021 Provost Fellow

Matthew Johnston

Dr. Matthew Johnston is an associate professor in the College of Engineering, where he develops new sensor systems and teaches both undergraduate and graduate electronics courses. Prior to joining Oregon State in 2014, he co-founded and worked at multiple start-up companies, mostly focused on instrumentation for the life sciences. Matt's research group at Oregon State University uses silicon integrated circuits, microfabrication, and other approaches to build new technologies for low-power chemical, biological, and physical sensing systems - and with collaborators from across the university demonstrates these both in the lab and in the field.