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Provost Christine Siegel, PhD

Christine Siegel‌Christine 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.

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.

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Office of the Provost

The Office of the Provost has, as its primary responsibility, oversight of the entire academic enterprise, including the University’s four schools and the college, continuing and professional studies, international programs, and student support services, as well as, the library, university museums and the registrar. The Office of the Provost ensures 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

Mark Ligas, PhD
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Excellence 

Walter Rankin, PhD
Vice Provost for Graduate, Continuing and Professional Studies

Jocelyn Boryczka, PhD
Associate Vice Provost for Scholarly, Creative and Community Engagement

Jay Rozgonyi
Associate Vice Provost for Innovation and Effectiveness

Jennifer Ewald
Associate Vice Provost for Global Strategy

Michael Tortora
Vice President for Business Operations and Administration, Academic Affairs, and Student Life

Joan Millen
Assistant to the Provost

Kim Baer
Program Coordinator for Scholarly, Creative, and Community Engagement

Tracy Garthwaite
Academic Budget Coordinator

Fran Levine
Assistant to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Excellence

Tasha Mehne
Operations Assistant for Scholarly, Creative, and Community Engagement

Sandy Richardson
Program Coordinator for Graduate, Continuing, and Professional Studies


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 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.

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.

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