Thank you for vising our Academic Affairs website. Dominican University is a special place with a vital mission. Prior to serving in my current role, I served as Dean of Dominican’s Rosary College of Arts and Sciences for 15 years. I am committed to advancing a higher education agenda that enacts a counter-narrative to the one in which so many of our universities are often inexcusably complicit—one that perpetuates, exacerbates and benefits from the appalling and widening educational attainment gaps in our society. Here, we educate students who are extremely well prepared, as well as those less prepared, for deep contemplation and rigorous inquiry wherein the pursuit of truth is relentlessly dialogical, fostering a lifetime of meaningful work in service to others.

As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, I work with a team of colleagues to provide oversight and strategic leadership for the Borra College of Health Sciences, the Brennan School of Business, the College of Applied Social Sciences, the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences, the Rebecca Crown Library, as well as the Borra Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and the offices of Civic Learning, Institutional Effectiveness, Registrar, Research and Sponsored Programs, Study Abroad, and Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Investigations. Academic Affairs administrators work closely with faculty and staff from across the university, including engaging in sustained collaboration with the Faculty Senate and Collegium, so that shared governance at Dominican may flourish.

I am committed to Dominican University as a site where rigorous debates on serious questions and issues occur; where, rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, we engage a genuine diversity of thought, experience and worldview, and where we continue to be ever more equity-minded, taking specific, concrete, measurable steps to change for the better. “Where Learning Demands More,” indeed: more pursuit of truth, more compassion, a more just and humane world. I am proud to be a leader in a university that “educates one student at a time in the company of others, engaging a multiplicity of cultural, religious and secular worldviews, transforming students, faculty and staff into agents of positive change”—as our Identity Statement makes clear.

I hope you will find this website helpful as you learn more about Academic Affairs at Dominican University.

Jeffrey Carlson
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs