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2013 New Faculty Picnic

The WKU Class of 2017 assemble for their class picture.

 

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Dr. Gordon Emslie
Provost Biography

Greetings from the Provost

On behalf of the WKU family, I welcome you to the Office of Academic Affairs at Western Kentucky University.

With its long tradition of excellence, its vibrant campus spirit, its dedicated faculty and staff, and its strong commitment to teaching, research and outreach, WKU provides students with a rich educational experience that few universities can rival. Our remarkable students and faculty are engaged in activities that are transforming the quality of life in our region, our Commonwealth, our country, and our world. Enriched by this stimulating environment, the Office of Academic Affairs is proud to play its role in advancing Western Kentucky University's vision to be "A Leading American University with International Reach" by providing leadership and support in the design, delivery, and assessment of quality academic curricula, by promoting excellence in all aspects of the university's academic mission, and by fostering an environment of scholarship and love of learning throughout the university.

As the university's Chief Academic Officer, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs collaborates with the President, the members of the Administrative Council, and with faculty, staff and student leadership to set academic priorities and strategic direction for the university, and to ensure the highest quality educational experience for our students. The Office is responsible for managing the budget for the academic units within the university, and is actively involved in various aspects of strategic planning in areas such as academic program development and review, enhancing the diversity of our faculty, staff and student populations, and student persistence, retention and graduation. It also plays a key role in maintaining WKU's accreditation status with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

An ancient Chinese proverb says "May you live in interesting times." These are indeed interesting times in higher education, and for the role of our universities in our rapidly-evolving world. To prosper in this arena requires an unprecedented level of commitment by our faculty, our staff and, last but by no means least, our students. In this age of near-instant access to information, the role of a modern comprehensive university is to engage students not merely in the accumulation of knowledge, but also in its assimilation and application to the real issues that face us today. This integration of learning and inquiry is central to fulfilling WKU's mission to educate tomorrow's citizen-leaders of a global society.

So, to our students and prospective students, I challenge you to take ownership of your educational experience – be aware of the various options and requirements in your degree curriculum, and dedicate yourself with passion to your college experience. For, as the German scholar Johann Wolfgang van Goethe said, "One lives but once in this world." While our faculty and staff are always available to provide the instruction, advice and mentoring so vital to a quality college experience, ultimately it is your responsibility to ensure that you get the very most out of your college education.

If you have any questions related to the academic affairs of the university or simply need to speak with someone about issues related to academic affairs, please call our office at (270) 745-2297 or e-mail provost@wku.edu.

Gordon Emslie

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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