Mission statement

The Office of the Provost promotes faculty excellence in teaching, research and creative expression, university and community service at VCU by: 

  • Supporting an inclusive, collegial and collaborative culture among VCU faculty from recruitment to retirement.
  • Providing university-level, strategic leadership and coordination of faculty affairs and faculty-related human resources across the Monroe Park, MCV and VCU-Qatar campuses.
  • Recruiting, retaining, developing and advancing excellent and diverse faculty.
  • Facilitating faculty development and mentoring programs and opportunities for all faculty at VCU.

Faculty excellence and engagement (culture)

  • Faculty convocation
  • Promotion and tenure celebration
  • Faculty awards and distinction
  • Endowed professors and chairs
  • Emeriti faculty
  • Retired Faculty Council 

Strategic leadership and compliance (infrastructure) 

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Promotion and tenure guidelines, policies and procedures
  • University promotion and tenure appeals committee
  • University promotion and tenure review committee
  • Policy review, revision and compliance
  • Compensation philosophy
  • Faculty credentialing (SACSCOC)
  • Manage and disseminate faculty-related data
  • Faculty-related communications
  • Establish metrics/assessment for provost's office programs and initiatives
  • VCU strategic planning development- faculty focus groups
  • Conflict response
  • Provost office human resources administration

Faculty recruitment and retention (faculty life cycle)

  • Recruitment, searches and eJobs
  • Search committee training
  • Recruitment Inclusive Champions
  • Dual career
  • Internal recruitment model
  • Faculty contracts, off-cycle requests and bonuses
  • Compensation and merit process
  • Cluster hiring (iCubed)
  • FERIP and FTIP

Faculty performance and advancement (career development)

  • Faculty annual evaluation process
  • Promotion and tenure process
  • New faculty academy/onboarding
  • Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
  • Mentoring
  • Study/research leave
  • Part-time faculty orientation/evaluation and handbook
  • Faculty handbook revisions
  • Leadership development