Welcome to the Office of the Provost

provost and vice chancellor paula myrick short

Welcome to the University of Houston’s Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. I am pleased to serve as Provost for the University of Houston. My office is committed to student success and working hard to implement various initiatives such as UH in 4 and the Provost’s Summer Read Program. I welcome you to explore the website for information on academic policies and for the latest on academic affairs initiatives currently underway.

Paula Myrick Short, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Chancellor/Senior Vice President for
Academic Affairs and Provost

Recent News and Announcements

Faculty Welcome Reception:
Provost Paula Myrick Short, Ph.D. hosted a welcome reception for UH faculty, college deans, and her cabinet at the Hilton University of Houston to kick off the academic year and provide an opportunity for the UH academic community to gather and reconnect with each other. To learn more and see photos from the event, click here.

New Faculty Orientation:
More than 90 new world-class faculty joined the ranks of the University of Houston this semester, and just as our students attend first year orientation, these new faculty participated in a day-long introduction to their new college home. To learn more and see photos from the event, click here.

Provost Paula Myrick Short serves as the Director for the new Center for ADVANCING Faculty Success:
Provost Paula Myrick Short, Ph.D. will serve as the director of a new center focusing on increasing the number of women, and especially women of color, in academic science and engineering careers.  Through a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the UH Center for ADVANCING Faculty Success will accelerate the recruitment, development and advancement of women faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as lead activities to support gender equity across the campus.

“As the leading research university in the world’s energy capital, it is our responsibility to ensure women are not only working in STEM careers, but also leading and teaching in those fields,” said Provost Short.

The five-year grant supports sustainable activities and programs that are part of a systemic effort to transform the institution and will launch in fall 2014. Learn more here.

Interim Dean for the Graduate College of Social Work:
While the search for the new dean of the Graduate College of Social Work continues, Dr. Paul Raffoul has accepted the position of Interim Dean, with an appointment effective August 1, 2014. To learn more, click here.

Dean, Graduate College of Social Work:
The University of Houston invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Graduate College of Social Work. The next Dean will be a visionary leader and strategic thinker who will bring innovative thought, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a reputation for working collaboratively with both internal and external constituencies to the position. To learn more, click here.

Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics:
The University of Houston invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The next Dean will be an engaging and charismatic leader among the faculty, a strong advocate for the teaching and research mission of the College, a preeminent university citizen, and an energetic and conscientious administrator. To learn more, click here.

Law Center Dean Search Update:
The Dean for the University of Houston Law Center has been selected. Leonard Baynes, Professor of Law and the Inaugural Director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John's University School of Law, will be submitted to the UH Board of Regents as the recommended candidate. To learn more, click here.

Dean Searches:
Several searches are underway for strong candidates to lead the Graduate College of Social Work and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. To read more about the searches and their committee members, click here.

Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair:

The University of Houston invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair. The Dean of Libraries leads the University Libraries and advances the University’s mission of research and teaching by ensuring the provision of outstanding library services. To learn more, click here.