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

Compensation Committee Reviews UH Salaries:
Provost Short announces updates to the Compensation Committee meetings, and requests faculty input on questions about 2015 merit raises.  UH Staff compensation updates are coming soon. To learn more, click here.

Undergraduate Student Success Center Set to Launch:
The success of UHin4 this inaugural year demonstrates our students’ ambition for moving toward a timely graduation.  But enrolling them in the program is only the first step in the University’s commitment to student success and completion.

The Undergraduate Student Success Center will be the link to serve all UH students in achieving their pursuit of an on-time graduation.  From assisting undeclared students in making confident academic decisions to providing individual tutoring for almost 500 courses, the USSC promises to be the essential resource students will count on to manage their UH college career – and the go-to destination for connecting them to comprehensive academic support services.

HRM Dean Candidates to Visit UH:
The final four candidates for the position of Dean of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management have been chosen, and will be visiting the UH campus. To learn more, click here.

Fall Faculty Senate Presentation:
Provost Paula Myrick Short delivered the Fall Address to the Faculty Senate on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. She provided an update on the transformation that has occurred in the Office of the Provost.  Additionally, Provost’s cabinet members provided an update on their unit’s activities and accomplishments. Dr. Short invited all senators to provide feedback by emailing provost@uh.edu.

To download the full presentation, click here.

Author and ABC News Anchor Byron Pitts Inspires Students at Inaugural Provost Summer Read Lecture: ABC News Chief National Correspondent and Emmy-award winning journalist Byron Pitts spent a full day on campus Monday after his memoir “Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenge” was chosen as the “common book” for the debut of the Provost Summer Reading Program. To read the full article, visit the Daily Cougar.

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.