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Purpose Statement

The Academic Division of Fairfield University seeks to create and support a scholarly community that, in the Jesuit Catholic tradition, cultivates intellectual curiosity, advances human potential, and seeks truth.

Fairfield’s scholarly community is:

  • Rooted on campus, and extends to local, national, and global contexts
  • Enacted through outcomes-focused undergraduate and graduate degree programs and professional studies offerings that prepare servant-leaders for citizenry in today’s complex world
  • Sustained by the scholarship, research, creativity, and community engagement of our faculty and students
Provost Christine Siegel, PhD

Provost Christine Siegel, PhD

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Provost Christine Siegel, PhD

Christine Siegel, PhD, became Fairfield University’s provost in July, 2018. Dr. Siegel joined the Fairfield University faculty in 2005 as an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP). Granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in 2008, she assumed increasingly significant administrative responsibilities at the University, including GSEAP associate dean and associate vice president, before being named vice provost. As vice provost, Dr. Siegel contributed significantly to writing the University’s strategic plan, establishing frameworks for student learning assessment, and advancing inclusive excellence initiatives.

When Dr. Siegel was named interim provost in January, 2017, she assumed leadership for the Academic Division, working directly with the academic deans and faculty governance committees. In this role, her vision was instrumental in leading a number of significant initiatives, including hiring key academic personnel, reshaping the role of Fairfield’s academic centers, enhancing classroom technology resources, leading a successful accreditation process, revising the core curriculum, and refreshing the Honors Program.

Dr. Siegel earned a PhD in educational psychology and statistics in 1998 from State University of New York at Albany. A licensed psychologist, she worked in a variety of K-12 educational settings prior to transitioning to higher education. Her academic expertise in developmental psychology, learning theory, and educational assessment supports her scholarly work on teaching and learning, which has yielded numerous publications and professional conference presentations. Based on the recommendation of Fairfield’s Committee on Rank and Tenure following a 2018 review of her accomplishments, Dr. Siegel was granted the rank of professor.

Senior Leadership & Administrative Staff

Senior Leadership

Jennifer Ewald

Associate Vice Provost for Global Strategy

Administrative Staff

Kim Baer

Program Coordinator, Office of Scholarly Development

Tracy Garthwaite

Academic Budget Coordinator

Fran Levine

Assistant to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Excellence

Tasha Mehne

Operations Assistant, Scholarly Engagement

Joan Millen

Assistant to the Provost

Sandy Richardson

Program Coordinator

Michael Tortora

Assistant Vice President for Business Operations & Administration

Academic Affairs & Student Life

Academic Units

Undergraduate Excellence

The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Excellence works closely with the deans in each school to ensure that the undergraduate programs offered at Fairfield University are rigorous and relevant, thus maintaining Fairfield’s distinct reputation. The following student academic support and development resources are under the purview of the Vice Provost: Academic Advising; Academic Support and Retention; Career Center; Honors Program; Office of Accessibility; Project Excel.

Further, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Excellence oversees assessment and effective communication and branding of the University’s Magis Core Curriculum, which marks every Fairfield undergraduate with an arts/humanities/sciences foundation that enables students to realize their talents and further discern their vocations.

Graduate, Professional & Continuing Studies

The Office of Graduate, Professional & Continuing Studies conducts research and development for the creation and launch of new academic programs; implements and enforces academic policies approved by the faculty; identifies campus resources for students; coordinates summer and winter intersessions; and serves as the liaison for accreditation, state, and online compliance offices.

Scholarly, Creative, & Community Engagement

Pedagogical Innovation & Effectiveness

The Office of Pedagogical Innovation and Effectiveness promotes and supports the continuing exploration and implementation of successful new approaches to teaching and learning. Operating in a highly collaborative way, the office works with the various school and college deans and associate deans; with faculty committees such as the Faculty Development and Education, and Educational Technology committees; and with campus partners such as ITS’ Academic Computing, the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, and the University Centers and Institutes.

With direct oversight of the Center for Academic Excellence, the office leads shaping of innovative curricular practices on campus, the integration of technology into teaching, the design of classrooms and their technology, and the University’s unique approach to highly engaged online instruction.

Online Learning

Fairfield University’s innovative approach to online learning and its pioneering use of digital collaboration tools have positioned our University on the cutting edge of online learning. By utilizing the latest technologies to develop an interactive, media-rich curriculum, we continue to create virtual environments that facilitate improved access to peers, teachers, and support structures while helping students learn more efficiently and effectively in an online space.

Global Fairfield

Global Fairfield’s mission is to design and implement global partnerships, programs, and projects; to support the development of globally competent students through study abroad, international internships and research, service abroad, and language learning opportunities; and to oversee the processes and procedures to implement and maintain agreements with international academic partners.

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