Piloted in 2018, the Provost Fellows Program is designed to provide focused leadership and administrative experience for tenured faculty members. We anticipate the next call for nominations will be released winter term, 2024.


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.

2023 Provost Fellow

Seri Robinson

Dr. Robinson is a tenured Associate Professor of Wood Anatomy in the Department of Wood Science and Engineering in the College of Forestry. Since joining their department in 2013, they have been a champion of student success and mentoring as well as community outreach and engagement related to wood safety and education. They have been instrumental to programmatic growth in the College of Forestry, designing and leading a new Art & Design option in the Wood Innovation for Sustainability degree program, which seeks to engage, retain, and recruit underserved students. Dr. Robinson will be collaborating with Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost Alix Gitelman on initiatives to elevate undergraduate student success and degree completion.