Office of the Provost
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Provost's Office Staff

James Newell, Provost/Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs

Roberta Harvey, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Tricia Yurak, Associate Provost

Deb Martin, Provost Fellow

Tracy Oplinger, Academic Affairs Fiscal Manager

Diane Ferraina, Managing Administrative Assistant

Lynne Hentschke, Managing Administrative Assistant


James Newell
Provost/Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the University. Reporting directly to the President, the Provost's principal responsibilities include academic and financial oversight of all undergraduate and graduate academic programs and the hiring of faculty, librarians, professional staff and other personnel in collaboration with the Deans of the Colleges of Business, Communication and Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Performing Arts, Science and Mathematics, and Graduate and Continuing Education. The Associate Provost for Rowan University Libraries and the Vice President for Student Life/Student Life and Assistant Provost/Dean of the Camden Campus also report to the Provost.

The Provost represents the President, when so designated, with internal and external constituents. Within the University, he chairs the Provost Senior Staff and the Deans Council, and is a member of the President's Executive Cabinet.

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Roberta Harvey
Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Vice President for Academic Affairs oversees five campus offices/programs:

The Thomas N. Bantivoglio Honors Program
The Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
The Office of the Registrar
Assessment (website forthcoming)

The Vice President advises the Provost/Senior Vice President for Acadcemic Affairs on matters of academic policy, curriculum, tenure and recontracting, and promotion and serves on numerous task forces and committees. She oversees the approval process for new degree programs and, as the University's Accreditation Liaison Officer is responsible for all matters relating to Middle States Accreditation. She also serves as the primary point of contact for issues involving the University Senate Committees, interacts with the Vice Presidents and Associate Vice Presidents of the other divisions to insure smooth flow of information, and handles complaints of an academic nature received by the President’s Office. She is also a member of the Administrative Cabinet and represents the University on two subcommittees of the New Jersey Presidents' Council, the Academic Issues Committee and the Transfer Committee.

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Tricia Yurak
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

The Associate Provost works closely with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Provost/Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs regarding issues related to curriculum and academic policies. This includes direct responsibility for administration of the Academic Integrity Process, oversight of the Academic Dismissal & Probation Process and the Grade Dispute Process, as well as the production of the Undergraduate Catalog. The Associate Provost also serves as a representative of the Office of the Provost on University Committees and Task Forces.

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Deb Martin
Provost Fellow

The Provost Fellow is a one-year appointment designed to provide mid-career tenured faculty members opportunity to explore an administrative trajectory. Situated in Academic Affairs and working under the direction of the Provost, the Provost Fellow is at the center of growth and change at the University and participates in meaningful day-to-day activities that move the University forward. The Provost Fellow is a full-time, 12-month faculty position with no teaching. Specific duties vary, but include advising the Provost on academic matters, participating in the review of curriculum proposals, and representing the Office of Academic Affairs on University Committees and Task Forces.

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Tracy Oplinger
Academic Affairs Fiscal Manager
856.256.4500, ext. 53054

Ms. Oplinger serves as the Academic Affairs Fiscal Manager for the Provost/Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs. Her duties include preparing statistical reports and assisting the Provost/Sr. Vice President with the academic affairs budget. She handles advertising for the academic affairs division, processes paperwork for all new hires. In addition, Ms. Oplinger oversees adjunct/overload contracts and prepares faculty load analysis data reports.

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Diane Ferraina
Managing Administrative Assistant
856.256.4500, ext. 53052

Mrs. Ferraina serves as a managing administrative assistant to the Provost/Sr. Vice President. Her duties include support for the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees, coordinating reports from the Division of Academic Affairs, maintaining the Provost/Sr.Vice President's calendar and assisting the Provost/Sr. Vice President at meetings and University functions. Mrs. Ferraina oversees the operations of the Provost office and provides the necessary support to ensure implementation and/or completion of projects assigned to the office. In addition, she works cooperatively with University faculty, administration and staff to accomplish goals and tasks of the University.

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Lynne Hentschke
Managing Administrative Assistant - Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mrs. Hentschke serves as a managing administrative assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Associate Provost. Her duties include support for the Division of Academic Affairs, maintaining the Vice President's and Associate Provost's calendars and assisting with Academic Integrity Hearings, curriculum processing, and updating the website. Mrs. Hentschke assists in the updating of the undegraduate catalog, and the Dismissal/Suspension/Probation/Restriction process as well as the Grade Dispute process.

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