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Provost's Office News & Events

Provost's Office News & Events

  •  STEM Visioning and Programming

    Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

    I am pleased to provide an update on our planning process to develop a compelling vision and comprehensive space program for the future STEM complex. In collaboration with the deans of the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering, we have constituted a STEM Steering Committee that includes the following individuals: 

    • Glenn Appleby - Mathematics and Computer Science
    • Mark Aschheim - Civil Engineering
    • Prashanth Asuri - Bioengineering
    • Amelia Fuller - Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Tim Healy - Electrical Engineering
    • Michelle Marvier - Environmental Studies and Sciences
    • Lisa Millora - Provost's Office
    • Amy Shachter - Chemistry and Biochemistry; Provost's Office

    The steering committee is responsible for (a) engaging faculty and staff in the visioning and programming processes; (b) communicating about upcoming meetings and progress; (c) providing guidance to an external architecture firm that will lead the visioning and programming processes; and (d) making recommendations to an executive committee that is ultimately responsible for major administrative decisions regarding the design and construction of the STEM complex.

    The executive committee is comprised of:

    • Rich Barber - Dean's Representative for the College of Arts and Sciences
    • Michael Hindery - Vice President for Finance and Administration
    • Dennis Jacobs - Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    • Godfrey Mungal - Dean of the School of Engineering
    • Joe Sugg - Assistant Vice President for University Operations

    The visioning process will begin this fall and be immediately followed by a programming phase which is anticipated to conclude by summer 2015.

  •  Online/Hybrid Course Redesign

    Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

    During the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years, the University offered intensive training sessions in online and hybrid curriculum design through the CADE (Competency Assessment in Distributed Education) program designed by JesuitNet, a branch of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). A total of 40 Santa Clara faculty have completed the program since 2012, and an additional 20 faculty will participate in 2014-15. Each faculty participant creates a new online or hybrid course.  Trained faculty have offered online summer session courses for undergraduates as well as online courses for graduate students in the Jesuit School of Theology, the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries, the Leavey School of Business, and the School of Engineering. In a pilot project this year a small team of faculty trained in the program will offer hybrid courses that meet once a week face-to-face, with other course activities and content online.

    While online/hybrid training requires an initial investment of time and resources, the program provides enhanced flexibility for faculty, expanded offerings in summer session, and improved access for students -- especially graduate students who live and work at a distance from the university. In addition, it allows for more efficient use of classroom space.

    The online/hybrid graduate program in Pastoral Ministries, with a new emphasis in Hispanic Lay Ministry, has attracted 20 new students in its first year.  Although these are not full-time students, the program has the potential to grow significantly through increased outreach to additional dioceses throughout the western region.

    A decade ago, the University typically offered fewer than ten online summer session courses each year.  After initiating recent online training opportunities through the CADE program this number increased to 35 in 2013 and to 56 in 2014.  Summer courses in the online format have been primarily lower division. In student evaluations of lower division courses, ratings of online summer courses generally do not differ from ratings of courses in traditional classroom settings. Assessment of student learning is in process.


    An invitation to faculty to participate in online/hybrid CADE training opportunities in winter and spring 2015 is forthcoming.

  •  Provost's Update Summer Quarter No. 1

    Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
    Dear Colleagues,

    A fresh academic year is upon us along with the arrival of new students and exciting opportunities. This update provides some information that may be helpful as you finalize your preparations for the coming year.

    With warm regards,
    Dennis C. Jacobs
    At the beginning of each academic year, the Santa Clara University community celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit. As a University community rooted in the Jesuit Catholic tradition, many of us call on the Spirit of God to be with us in all our works, activities, and endeavors. While the Mass is a Roman Catholic liturgy, we honor the diversity of faith perspectives within our community, and we welcome one and all to join in the celebration.

    This fall, the Mass of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated at noon on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, in the Mission Church. To enable the campus community to attend the Mass, classes will not meet between 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. that day. Classes that usually meet from 11:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. will be cancelled. Classes scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. will instead begin at 1:15 p.m.
    In spring 2014, on the recommendation of the Student Affairs University Policy Committee and the Academic Affairs University Policy Committee, I approved the adoption of an Undergraduate Academic Integrity Pledge.

    The Academic Integrity Pledge states:

    "I am committed to being a person of integrity. I pledge, as a member of the Santa Clara University community, to abide by and uphold the standards of academic integrity contained in the Student Conduct Code."

    The Academic Integrity Pledge, designed to deepen the understanding of and commitment to academic integrity at Santa Clara, will be inserted into the Academic Integrity Policy in the Undergraduate Bulletin and the Student Handbook. I have asked Phyllis Brown, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, and Matthew Duncan, Associate Dean for Student Life, to take responsibility for constituting a small team to oversee the implementation process.

    I would like to thank the committed student, staff, and faculty leaders who have worked tirelessly for several years to support the highest levels of academic integrity on campus. I am particularly grateful to the work of Hackworth Fellows Aven Satre-Meloy and Austin Smith, both of whom were advised by David DeCosse in the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics; the leaders of the Associated Student Government of the past three years; the 2013-14 Honor Code Drafting Committee; and the members of the University Policy Committees who have reviewed their proposals.
    In my last Provost’s Update (June 2014), I provided a detailed update on the learning space redesign and the master planning processes. This past summer, Kenna 109, O’Connor 110, and O’Connor 210 were renovated. Faculty who have been assigned to teach in those rooms (and the previous pilot classrooms, Graham 163 and 164, Varsi 114, O'Connor 204, Engineering 602, and Alumni Science 220) will have an opportunity to learn more about the features of their classrooms and how the new designs can support teaching and learning. Information will be available in early September.

    In addition to the pilot classroom initiative, other recent improvements in classroom design and scheduling also have had a positive impact. In response to faculty feedback the University redesigned Kenna 102 to transform a classroom with limited usability into a far more functional learning space enabling more faculty to teach in the room. And the shift in the Tuesday-Thursday schedule has been effective in increasing utilization in the earliest time period. These changes in time and design have helped to create greater flexibility and have allowed the University to better meet the demand for more classroom space, even as new buildings are designed and constructed with additional learning spaces.
  •  Provost's Update Spring Quarter No. 2

    Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014

    Dear Faculty and Staff,

    As Commencement weekend approaches, we recognize with pride the many accomplishments of our graduating students and our colleagues. In addition, this academic year has been marked by a remarkable resilience in the way the campus community has responded to conflicts and challenges, as exemplified through the recent shared governance retreat, the vigil held in the wake of the tragic Isla Vista shooting, and creative strategizing to address enrollment declines in some of our graduate programs. These examples and more illustrate the supportive community in which we teach, learn, and serve.

    We are all due for a much-deserved period of rest. As we eagerly prepare for the upcoming celebrations as well as the rejuvenation, renovations, and research that accompany the months of summer, I want to express my gratitude to all of you for your many contributions to our common endeavor of providing a transformative education for our students.

    With warm regards,

    Dennis C. Jacobs


    I want to thank the faculty and staff who have participated in the most recent phase of conversations regarding the elaborated strategic plan. Approximately 15 open gatherings were held during the spring quarter and a few more are scheduled to take place in early summer. More than 50 faculty and staff served as discussion organizers and drafters of expanded descriptions of components of the plan. Approximately 135 additional faculty and staff participated in the discussions to develop more detailed and concrete ideas for implementing the elaborated strategic plan. The outcome of the process will be invaluable in informing the development of the comprehensive fundraising campaign.

    As a reminder, text and historical background for Santa Clara 2020, the integrated strategic plan, can be viewed online. I also encourage you to visit the working site where a number of descriptions have been posted for the entire campus community to review. More descriptions will be posted over time.


    I hope that many of you will be attending the Commencement exercises this coming weekend in celebration of our students’ academic achievements. Your participation represents an important way of honoring the work of our students during their years at Santa Clara University. As announced last week, I have convened a working group to examine our Commencement-related events with the goal of making recommendations for improving the experience of our graduates, their guests, and the SCU community. As a first step, the working group will distribute a survey to the campus community on Monday, June 16, 2014, while the experience of Commencement is still fresh in our minds. Your input through this survey will greatly inform the committee’s work.


    I want to provide an update on the learning space pilot process, and to contextualize it within the master planning process.

    The Integrated Strategic Plan calls for both enhancement and expansion of learning spaces at Santa Clara: a significant increase in the number of new classrooms, labs, and other learning spaces on campus through the construction of a new Art and Art History building, a Law facility, a Science and Engineering complex, and other new structures; and a redesign of more than 45 older classrooms across campus to better support teaching and learning.

    As part of this process, a diverse palette of representative SCU learning spaces is being identified following broad consultation with the campus community. Examples of learning spaces within the palette include tiered case-study classrooms with continuous counters, flexible classrooms with moveable desks or tables, active learning studios, seminar rooms, tech labs with computers for hands-on learning, and maker space/project suites.

    A pilot project has been launched in preparation for the expansion, design, and re-design of learning spaces: three new classrooms were created in 2012 (Varsi 114, Graham 163 and 164), three older classrooms were redesigned in 2013 (O’Connor 204, Engineering 602, Alumni Science 220), and three additional classrooms will be redesigned in summer 2014 (Kenna 109, O’Connor 103 and 209). The pilot classrooms will help us discover what kinds of learning spaces are most effective in supporting the diverse types of teaching and learning that occur at Santa Clara. An assessment of the pilot classrooms will inform the master planning process for the campus.

    The pilot classroom designs feature combinations of various flexible workspace elements including easily moveable desks or tables, short throw projectors, team screens, electronic whiteboards, and writeable walls.

    Faculty and student feedback on the pilot spaces has been compiled in a preliminary assessment report drafted by Chris Bachen, Director of Assessment. The report, Reflecting on our Experiences with New Learning Spaces, is posted online.

    Next steps for the pilot learning spaces will include continued collaboration in the design and effective use of learning spaces; continued assessment and feedback on the pilot learning spaces; and enhancement of partnerships among faculty, Media Services, IT, Registrar, and Facilities to ensure that any problems are addressed quickly.  Next steps with the broader master planning process will include (i) an identification of the appropriate palette of learning spaces for SCU, and (ii) an analysis of how many learning spaces of each type and size will be needed by 2020 to support effective, innovative teaching in the context of the projected increase in enrollment. Faculty input will be crucial as this process continues. I particularly want to thank all those who took part in recent conversations about learning space design with consultant, Shirley Dugdale, during the week of May 19. This included the Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation, members of the Provost’s Advisory Council on Learning Spaces, faculty who participated in learning space design workshops in 2013 and 2014, and faculty who taught in and helped assess the design and use of the pilot classrooms.


    At the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year, Dean Atom Yee will step down from his role as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. We will be engaging a national search firm to support the work of the search committee, whose members are:

    Tom Plante (Psychology) – SEARCH COMMITTEE CHAIR
    Marie Barry (alumna)
    Alaina Boyle (undergraduate)
    Marie Brancati (Director of External Relations for the College of Arts and Sciences)
    Julie Chang (English)
    Pancho Jimenez (Art & Art History)
    Godfrey Mungal (Dean of Engineering)
    Kathleen Schneider (Senior Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences)
    Craig Stephens (Biology)
    Michael Zampelli, S.J. (Theatre and Dance)

  •  Provost's Update Spring Quarter No. 1

    Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
    Dear Colleagues,

    About this time each year, a sense of anticipation and excitement builds among our students as the academic year nears completion. In the coming weeks, we will celebrate our students’ accomplishments and prepare to send off our new alumni.  

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the invaluable ways you help advance our institution and enrich the lives of our students. Santa Clara graduates develop a love and loyalty for their alma mater as a result of the engagement and investment of our faculty and staff.  

    With appreciation,
    Dennis Jacobs


    Last quarter, the campus community discussed Santa Clara 2020, our ambitious integrated strategic plan. Over five hundred faculty and staff participated in the disciplinary cluster discussions or attended one of the four town hall meetings at which the President and I discussed the three component plans, one of which is the Elaborated Strategic Plan.

    The Elaborated Strategic Plan is organized around six strategic goals, which expand into twenty-four objectives concretized by a set of critical components. Each component is associated with a specific outcome that the University aspires to achieve by 2020 to help realize one or more strategic objectives or goals. The goals, objectives, and critical components have been developed through an iterative process in which members of the University community exercised their creativity and developed innovative ideas for advancing the University.

    I invite faculty and staff to help continue refining the integrated strategic plan as we work to develop an elaborated description for each component by Summer 2014. The current phase of planning invites all members of the Santa Clara community to participate in one or more of the discussions taking place this spring.

    Discussions are organized by the themes and topics below. More information about the topical discussions is on a university intranet site, including descriptions of the critical components, the names of discussion organizers, and dates of upcoming discussions.


    • Advancing Contemporary Theological Studies, Education, and Ministry
    • Cultivating Ethics, Sustainability, and Compassion
    • Developing An Integrated Six-quarter Undergraduate Educational Experience
    • Facilitating Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Service of Humanity
    • Fostering Excellence in Teaching and Learning
    • Imagining STEM at SCU
    • Promoting Diversity, Retention, and Success


    • Center for Arts and Humanities
    • Global Engagement Initiatives and Study Abroad
    • Student Research and Fellowships
    • Thriving Neighbors Initiative
    • Vocational Discernment


    The search committee for the Chief Information Officer and Vice Provost for Technology & Information Services position and the search firm consultants from Next Generation have been actively engaged in the review and evaluation of candidates for the position. More than 70 applications were submitted for consideration. Applicants came from a variety of backgrounds, from both higher education settings and other environments. Many had a combination of experience in higher education and the for-profit sector.

    The committee invited three candidates to campus for interviews with stakeholder constituent faculty and staff groups, key University administrators, and members of the Trustees Technology Committee. Each candidate was also asked to make a presentation open to the campus addressing the following question:  Based on your review of the University's 2020 Strategic Plan, what are the key strategic opportunities and challenges the University faces and how would you as Chief Information Officer help the University capitalize on those opportunities and address those challenges? The first two candidates visited the campus on April 15 & 16 and April 22 & 23 respectively. The final candidate is scheduled to visit the campus on May 7 & 8.  It is anticipated that a decision will be made in mid-May with a starting date for the new appointee this summer.

    If you have questions about the search, please feel free to contact a member of the search committee.


    I am thrilled to announce that several recent alumni and students have been selected for prestigious fellowships and awards. Three Santa Clara students and recent alumni received Fulbright fellowships and two additional students  were named as alternates. Two additional students were awarded National Science Foundation research fellowship awards.

    Fulbright Award Recipients and Alternates

    Saayeli Mukherji (SCU '13), a finance major and history minor, will study at the Duisenberg School of Finance in The Netherlands to integrate ethics and business. She will dive deeply into international legal and financial regulations that help prevent global ethics catastrophes such as the 2008 Financial Crisis. Additionally, she plans to start an open forum on business ethics with contributions from Silicon Valley and Dutch professionals that will serve as a resource for future business leaders.

    Julianne Parayo (SCU '12), an English and music double major, will be an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Poland. She plans to use her English and Music training to explore her capacity for teaching English in a new environment and to participate in a powerful and artistic cross-cultural exchange. She chose Poland to explore its deep regard for both tradition and progress and to investigate how cross-generational dynamics transform a nation's culture.

    Natalie Lays (SCU ’14), a psychology major will be an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Brazil, where her passion for other cultures and interest in global medicine will enrich the new experiences as a teaching assistant. After interning for five weeks in Brazil this past summer, Natalie was inspired by the dynamic culture and forward-looking mentality of the Brazilians she worked alongside. She anticipates that the Fulbright experience will help her pursue her vocation.

    Rachel Wilmoth (SCU ’14), a mechanical engineering major, was selected as an alternate. If funded, Rachel’s project will be research into the mechanical and structural properties of sea urchin teeth on the nano-scale to understand their self-sharpening technique.  Tests available at the Nanomechanical Research Lab at the University of Auckland in New Zealand will allow Rachel to investigate ways to replicate self-sharpening on the macro-scale to improve the sharpness of tools such as knives or drill bits.

    Erik McAdams (SCU '14), a civil engineering major and Spanish minor, was selected as an alternate. If funded, Erik's project will address rural poverty in earthquake-prone Ecuador by analyzing the structural characteristics of houses in remote villages. He has been an active team leader for an engineering project in Uganda on solar panels and very involved in SCU's chapter of Engineers Without Borders, where he helped design a water distribution grid for a rural town in Honduras.

    National Science Foundation Research Fellowships Awards

    Julie Herman (SCU ’14), biology major, is a recipient of an NSF research fellowship award. Julie, who was trained in the lab of Dr. Justen Whittall in the SCU Department of Biology, will be joining Dr. Kathleen Kay's lab at UC Santa Cruz to pursue a Ph.D in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The lab studies diversification and speciation in flowering plants. Julie is planning to study the evolutionary forces in the mustard oil biosynthetic pathway and possible coevolution of mustards and Pierid butterflies.

    Claire Kunkle (SCU ’14), mechanical engineering major, is a recipient of an NSF Research Fellowship Award. Claire, who was trained in the lab of Dr. Hohyun Lee in the SCU Department of Mechanical Engineering, will be attending UC Berkeley in Fall 2014 to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Energy and Thermal Science. She is interested in designing energy systems to benefit developing nations and hopes to use the fellowship to participate in local and international research. Ultimately, Claire wants to use her Ph.D. in academia as a professor and inspire future engineers toward their dreams.

  •  Provost's Update Winter Quarter No. 2

    Friday, Mar. 21, 2014

     Dear Colleagues,

    Congratulations on the completion of Winter Quarter. On behalf of our students, I want to thank you for the dedication, professionalism, and care with which you help Santa Clara University provide a truly transformative educational experience.

    This installment of the Provost's Update highlights three ongoing efforts to continually improve the educational programs at Santa Clara. Your feedback and participation in these initiatives is greatly appreciated. At the end of this update, I invite you to help us recognize those members of our community who have served our students and the University in exemplary ways.

    I hope that our Law School colleagues were able to re-energize during their recent spring break. For those of you who are preparing for spring break, I wish you rest and relaxation.

    With appreciation for all you do,

    Dennis Jacobs


    A task force has completed its report on how Santa Clara University could improve its system for student evaluations of teaching (SET). The Provost's Office has launched a pilot study in which the proposed SET instrument was administered in 46 winter quarter courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In the coming weeks, the proposed SET instrument will be administered in a sample of Law classes as our law students conclude their spring semester.

    The pilot data will allow for examination of the reliability of the proposed instrument and for studying other psychometric properties of the instrument as a whole and of its individual items. The results of the study will be shared with the task force and the campus community early in the spring quarter. I will be interested in receiving your feedback on the task force report and the pilot study.


    More than 100 people attended the four campus-wide town hall meetings held in February and March. The town hall meetings followed 12 disciplinary cluster conversations in which nearly 500 faculty and staff participated during the previous few months. A set of frequently asked questions will be posted on the integrated strategic plan website early in the spring quarter.

    In April, the campus community will be invited to participate in conversations to further refine the implementation of the integrated strategic plan. Faculty and staff will lead and engage in a series of discussions on themes such as excellence in teaching and learning; entrepreneurship and innovation in service of humanity; and ethics, justice, sustainability, and compassion.

    I encourage you to participate in these conversations, which will help shape the University's future. More information will be posted on the integrated strategic plan website in April.


    SCU Study Abroad continues to expand participation in 2013-14. Of the 358 applications that were submitted for Fall 2014:

    • 81% of applicants were approved for their first choice
    • 13% of applicants were accepted but redirected to their second choice
    • 6% of applicants did not meet minimum qualifications or were not recommended by reviewers

    In addition to study abroad applicants, 18 students applied for Washington Semester, and all applications were approved. Applications for Study Abroad in summer 2014 are currently under review, and applications for winter/spring 2015 will be reviewed in June.

    As the President's update recently noted, the 2013 Open Doors Report issued by the Institute of International Education ranked Santa Clara eighth among Leading Master's Institutions for the total number of students studying abroad on mid-length (one quarter/semester) programs, and fortieth among Leading Master's Institutions in the total number of Study Abroad students. I am grateful to the fifty faculty and staff members who have assisted with the selection process by reading and evaluating the student applications this year. Your work contributes to the University's ongoing efforts to enhance global engagement and understanding.

    More information about efforts of the Global Engagement Office is available online.  


    We seek your nominations for awards that honor members of the campus community who have made exemplary contributions to the University in the areas of inclusive excellence, teaching, or scholarship/creative work.

    The deadline for nominating faculty and staff for an Inclusive Excellence Award is Monday, April 14th. Award criteria and nomination information are available at the link below.

    The deadline for nominating faculty for the University’s teaching and research awards is Monday, April 28th. Award criteria and nomination information are available at the links below.


  •  Provost's Update Inaugurated

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

    Dear colleagues:

    I am pleased to be sending you the inaugural issue of theProvost’s Update. Twice each quarter, I will share with you some of the major developments in Santa Clara’s academic affairs and seek your advice on plans that are currently under consideration. The Provost’s Update will include concise summaries and provide links for those interested in gaining more information and providing feedback. Additionally, I look forward to discussing your ideas at Faculty Senate Council meetings and other fora and events that will be scheduled throughout the academic year.  

    Thank you for all you do for Santa Clara University.

    With warm regards,
    Dennis Jacobs, Provost

    Strategic Planning Discussions

    The University has been deeply engaged in the elaboration and refinement of the 2011 strategic priorities, as the President shared in his recent email to the campus. Last academic year, 50 faculty and staff worked in six strategic advisory committees to develop concrete objectives and flesh out six strategic goals for the University. The University’s Integrated Strategic Plan combines these strategic goals and objectives with a comprehensive enrollment plan and a facilities master plan to form an ambitious detailed vision for what Santa Clara University aspires to be and do in 2020.

    Over the past three months, almost 500 faculty and staff met in seven disciplinary clusters to discuss relevant aspects of the University’s Integrated Strategic Plan. These discussions, planned by faculty and staff in each disciplinary cluster, have provided opportunities for the broader university community to explore elements of the plan, reflect on how various academic units can develop and contribute in new ways, and offer substantive feedback to the deans and other campus leaders. The Planning Action Council and Board of Trustees have also been studying and evaluating the Integrated Strategic Plan.

    On February 19, the President will devote a portion of his State of the University address to introducing the Integrated Strategic Plan. After the address, the University will launch a comprehensive website that describes the key features of the enrollment, facilities, and strategic plans as well as responds to frequently asked questions. In late February and early March, the Integrated Strategic Plan will be presented and discussed at several meetings open to the entire campus:

    Town Hall #1
    TuesdayFebruary 25 from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
    Location: Recital Hall

    Town Hall #2
    FridayFebruary 28 from 11:45 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
    Location: Recital Hall

    Town Hall #3
    MondayMarch 3 from 3:30-4:45 p.m.
    Location: Williman Room

    Town Hall #4
    ThursdayMarch 6 from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
    Location: Kennedy Commons

    Information about additional discussions on special themes is forthcoming.


    Office for Diversity and Inclusion

    This past fall, the University launched the Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) with the goal of advancing the recruitment, retention, and success of a diverse community of faculty, staff and students. Associate Provost Aldo Billingslea, along with Dr. Jesse Bernal, Program Director, are collaborating with several campus units to promote academic excellence through a diverse and inclusive campus climate.

    After completing his campus-wide listening tour, Aldo will be developing a diversity and inclusion needs assessment for Santa Clara University. Aldo and Jesse welcome ongoing communication and feedback. Please feel free to stop by Walsh 103, visit, or email


    CIO Search
    A search is in process for a Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Vice Provost for Technology and Information Services who will report directly to the Provost. The CIO and Vice Provost will be responsible for Santa Clara’s strategy for utilizing technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research. The CIO and Vice Provost will assess the delivery of technology and information services across campus; optimize resources to support the technology vision and roadmap; enhance the integration and delivery of proactive service; and cultivate an organizational capacity supportive of change and which enables faster, more extensive adoption of technology. Information about opportunities for campus community members to meet and provide feedback on candidates is forthcoming.

  •  Ed Ryan Named to New Position in Provost's Office

    Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013

    In this new position in the Provost's office, Dr. Ryan will focus on enrollment planning, planning for faculty and educational environment resources, integration of strategic and operational planning, alignment of resource planning with strategic priorities and long-term objectives, and coordination of Santa Clara's institutional effectiveness responsibilities.

    He will be responsible for the University's accreditation, program review, and assessment processes. Reporting to the new Vice Provost will be the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Institutional Research, the Office of Assessment, and the Assistant Provost for Planning and Analysis.

    Dr. Ryan has served as an administrator, policy analyst, and research analyst both at UCLA and at Santa Clara. With a doctorate from UCLA in Higher Education and Organizational Change, he was Santa Clara's Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and interim Dean of Academic Support Services. He has broad expertise in financing, capacity planning, student retention, pedagogical innovation, faculty appointment and retention, interdisciplinary teaching, and educatinal partnerships. He has advised administrators and trustees on policies and practices that facilitate institutional sustainability, faculty development, and student learning.

    During the 2012-13 academic year, Dr. Ryan served as interim Dean of Academic Support Services within the Drahmann Center. In  this role, he helped to stabilize an academic unit in transition, strengthened the delivery of services to undergraduate students, and worked with University advisors to refashion the institution's academic review process and tutoring program.

  •  Aldo Billingslea Appointed Associate Provost

    Friday, Jul. 12, 2013

    Aldo Billingslea, Professor of Acting and Performance Studies in the Department of Theatre and Dance, has been appointed Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. In this position he heads the University's Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

    As Associate Provost, his primary focus is to work closely with members of the University community to enhance the recruitment, retention and success of faculty from underrepresented groups. He collaborates with other University offices in promoting a student climate of inclusive excellence through curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular programs, and he coordinates with the Office of Enrollment Management, Multicultural Learning, Affirmative Action and Human Resources in efforts to recruit a more diverse student body and staff. He works closely with the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and reports directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

  •  New Dean Appointed for the School of Law

    Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013
    Lisa Kloppenberg, former dean of the University of Dayton law school and an expert on mediation, dispute resolution, and reform of law-school education, will begin a five-year term as the new dean of the Santa Clara University School of Law on July 1, 2013.
    “Lisa Kloppenberg brings a wealth of experience and has a deep affinity to the distinctive values of our law school,” said Santa Clara University Provost Dennis Jacobs. “Having practiced law herself, she forges innovative approaches to legal education, champions the invaluable experience students gain in legal clinics and externships, and promotes rigorous academic scholarship to advance the legal profession.”
    For 10 years Kloppenberg served as dean of the law school at the University of Dayton, the largest private university in Ohio and one of the 10 largest Catholic universities in the country. As the first female law dean in Ohio, she helped oversee the law school’s evolution to a higher-profile, better-endowed program with a nationally recognized two-year accelerated degree option and a focus on professional preparation.  

    During her tenure, UD Law enhanced the diversity of its student body and faculty, improved faculty productivity, increased endowed scholarships by 34 percent, strengthened its program in law and technology, and added a LL.M. degree and a master’s degree for non-lawyers. She also oversaw the school’s renewed emphasis on its Catholic identity through enhanced community service and pro bono legal hours, as well as a “Lawyer as Problem Solver” program, which attracted recognition from the Carnegie Foundation.  
    Kloppenberg takes over from SCU’s current dean, Donald Polden, who is stepping down after his second successful five-year term ends this year. Polden will be a visiting legal scholar at the Center for Creative Leadership for a year before returning full-time to the classroom at Santa Clara University.
    At UD, Kloppenberg was known as a champion of curricular reform, implementing an accelerated five-semester law degree, the first in the nation, in 2005. She joined colleagues to successfully pursue co-curricular projects between the engineering, business, arts and sciences, and law schools, including hiring UD’s first jointly appointed faculty member in arts and sciences and law. She also helped develop conflict resolution trainings on campus.
    Programs implemented or strengthened while she was dean have won national acclaim: the legal writing program was ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report, and a curriculum that included a track in appropriate dispute resolution won an award for excellence from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. In 2007, UD Law was among only a handful of schools invited to examine how U.S. law schools prepare students for the profession and make recommendations for reform to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

    “I am incredibly excited about the opportunities at Santa Clara University School of Law,” said Kloppenberg. “I am impressed by the University’s Jesuit and justice-centered values; its deep connections with Silicon Valley and the world; and the amazing faculty, staff, alumni, and students I am honored to be joining.”

    Kloppenberg has published extensively in her field of dispute resolution, including authoring or co-authoring two books and dozens of articles and essays. Prior to assuming the deanship at Dayton in 2001, Kloppenberg had taught in the law school at the University of Oregon (1992–2001), practiced law at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays and Handler in Washington, D.C., (1988–92), and clerked for the Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson, a federal appellate judge (1987–88).   

    Kloppenberg has chaired or served on numerous national committees—many focused on legal curricular or professional-standards reform—of the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, and the Law School Admissions Council. She is a judge for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Annual Award.  

    She received her J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center (now USC Gould School of Law) and her bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from USC, with an undergraduate honors diploma from the University of Kent (Canterbury, England).

    A native of southern California, Kloppenberg will move to the Bay Area with her husband Mark Zunich, a native of the East Bay who practices law. They have three children, Nick, Tim, and Kellen. She looks forward to pursuing her love of the outdoors and being closer to family and friends in California.