About the Office

The Chief Academic Officer and Provost of Rutgers University–New Brunswick is responsible for guiding the academic enterprise of Rutgers. That includes attracting, retaining, and supporting top faculty at all career stages, from leadership mentoring and work-life balance to partner/spouse placement and transition to retirement.

All deans and academic leaders report to the provost, who works with the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, faculty members, deans, and department chairs of the academic enterprise, and faculty development across the university. The Provost reports to the Chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick Christopher Molloy.

Key Initiatives

A Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

Faculty Recruitment, Appointments, Reappointments, and Promotions

  • Develop with deans and center directors short- and long-term plans for faculty recruitment;
  • Approve faculty services, review membership of search committees;
  • Review faculty appointments with deans before offers are made;
  • Consult with deans about faculty eligible for promotion; and
  • Work with deans of schools and with Academic Affairs to ensure promotion packets are properly and accurately prepared.

Faculty Development

(as outlined in the New Brunswick Strategic Plan [PDF], pages 24–27)

  • Establish and provide oversight and direction for a new Office of Faculty Development and Excellence;
  • Centralize and enhance variety of faculty supports at every career stage; and
  • Work with the Center for Organizational Leadership on academic faculty programs.

Office Directory

Wanda J. Blanchett
Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Laurie Lewis
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

James Swenson
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jacqueline McGlynn
Executive Assistant