Academics Division

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Christine Siegel, PhD

Christine Siegel, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, headshot‌Christine Siegel, PhD, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, assumed the role of Interim Provost on Jan. 1. 2017. Dr. Siegel joined the Fairfield University faculty in 2005 as an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions. Since her tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2008, Dr. Siegel has assumed increasing administrative responsibilities at the University, serving as GSEAP’s Associate Dean and University Consultant for Assessment. Following completion of her PhD in Educational Psychology and Statistics in 1998, Dr. Siegel worked extensively in the K-12 setting as a psychologist and school administrator. She has taken the lead on a number of important initiatives at Fairfield, the most recent of which include revision of the core curriculum, promotion of inclusive excellence through campus climate assessment and diversity projects, and innovation in teaching and learning through re-structuring the CAE and increasing access to technology in our classrooms. Dr. Siegel was instrumental in writing the University’s strategic plan and establishing frameworks for student learning assessment. As Interim Provost, Dr. Siegel assumed leadership for the Academic Division working directly with the Academic Deans and faculty governance committees.

Academic Affairs

The Academic Division houses educational and cultural components of the University, including the four schools and the college, the University Registrar, Disability Services, Office of Academic and Career Development, the Study Abroad Program, the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Trio Program, DiMenna-Nyselius Library, the Bellarmine Museum of Art, several Academic Centers, including the Center for Academic Excellence. The division embodies the educational mission of the University through a commitment to intellectual excellence, Ignatian pedagogical principles and a Jesuit commitment to social justice.

Christine Siegel, PhD
Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Donald Gibson, PhD
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Walter Rankin, PhD
Vice Provost for Continuing and Professional Studies

Mary Frances A. H. Malone, PhD
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Susan LaFrance, MBA, MSW
Sponsored Programs/Government Relations

Tracy Immerso
Director of Academic Budgets and Operations

Rev. Michael Fahey, S.J.
Scholar in Residence

Joan Millen
Assistant to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Town Hall Presentation

University Inauguration

University Inauguration Faculty Symposium - Conversation with President Mark R. Nemec, PhD | October 19, 2017

Fairfield University’s ninth President, Mark R. Nemec, PhD, discusses “Stewarding the Modern University: History, Context, and Consideration” and hears from faculty members share their experiences as teacher scholars.


Institutional Learning Goals and Learning Outcomes

The undergraduate, graduate, and co-curricular programs at Fairfield University aim to produce students who are committed to academic excellence, who are integrative thinkers, and who are instilled with a sense of civic and/or social responsibility. Below are Fairfield University’s Institutional Learning Goals with measureable outcomes. These were drawn from our University Mission Statement and expanded by the University Assessment Committee with membership across all five academic units and student affairs.

The University Assessment Committee meets bi-monthly to explore assessment processes across the University. In the coming years, new assessment practices will be developed by this committee to broaden our University wide assessment initiatives.

  1. Institutional Learning Goal: Commitment to academic excellence


Fairfield University’s primary objective is to develop the creative intellectual potential of its students.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • The Fairfield educated student demonstrates discernment and reflection as a result of engaging in independent, collaborative, and communal learning experiences.
  • The Fairfield educated student demonstrates a commitment to the standards of academic integrity, including honesty, personal responsibility, mutual respect and academic rigor and professional ethics.
  • The Fairfield educated student demonstrates an understanding of foundational knowledge in his/her academic discipline, and engages in scholarship and/or creative activities to advance that knowledge.


  1. Institutional Learning Goal: Integrative Thinking


A Fairfield University education is a liberal education, characterized by depth and breadth within or across academic disciplines.

Measurable Learning Outcomess

  • The Fairfield educated undergraduate student draws upon their multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning experiences to address novel problems and complex situations for the common good.
  • The Fairfield educated graduate student applies expert knowledge and skills characterized by a comprehensive conceptualization of their field, to communicate and solve problems within their discipline for the common good.


  1. Institutional Learning Goal: Social Responsibility


Fairfield University maintains the Jesuit belief that academic achievement brings with it a responsibility to act for the betterment of others.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • The Fairfield educated student evidences the disposition to be of service to others, and engages in personal and/or professional activities that allows them to utilize their talents, abilities and knowledge to promote social justice.


Faculty and Staff Incentives for Innovation

The fast-paced and globally interconnected world that unfolds before us is asking use to recreate and reimagine our institution if we are to remain true to our mission – to transform the world for the better through education.

We are introducing the following incentives in calendar year 2015-16.

Faculty Incentives

  1. Pedagogical Innovation
    1. NEW ipads for all full time faculty and used ipads for part time faculty
      1. Pedagogical Innovation Mini-grants (PDF)
      2. Use of mobile devices in the classroom
      3. The ins and outs of flipping a classroom
      4. Teaching computer applications through the Cloud
      5. Meeting the needs of the 21st century learner though use of technology
      6. Course Design Institutes
    2. CAE Grants and Programs
    3. Office of Service Learning Course Development Grants
    4. Applied Ethics Course Development Grants
    5. Humanities Institute Grants 
  2. Online Course Development

    For more information, please contact
  3. Faculty Research
    1. Faculty/Dept./Schools share in administrative overhead on extramural funding. To further support research, when a grant includes indirect costs for the University, a portion of those funds will be returned (to the school/dept/investigator) will be 15% of the monies allotted to the University. Read details on the policy.
    2. Support for developing and submitting research and institutional grant proposals
      (competitive process). Please click here for details on the Supporting Proposals and Unique Research (SPUR) Program and application form.
      1. Budgets over $500,000 = $2000 incentive
      2. Budgets between $100,000-$500,000 = $1000 incentive
      3. Special circumstances for budgets less than $100,000 = $500.

Faculty and Staff Incentives

President’s Annual Innovation Award for Faculty and Staff: There will be 10 awards for $5000 each that recognize innovations that either generate additional revenue for the University or decrease expenses.

More details on the annual innovation award will be forthcoming.

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