Programs & Initiatives

Programs & Initiatives

The Office of the Provost sponsors many different programs and initiatives for department chairs, faculty, and students.

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Academic Outreach at the University of Virginia applies the intellectual resources of UVA to the public realm by identifying, supporting, and communicating initiatives that provide solutions to real world problems, serve the common good, advance economic development, and improve the quality of life for all. With a strategic focus, Academic Outreach at UVA brings forward its leadership and relevant expertise to support issues of critical importance to the Commonwealth.

Faculty memeber counseling studentsThe academic program review process is administered by the office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.  It consists of ongoing peer reviews of all the University's academic units and departments on a five-year cycle. The purpose of program review is to foster academic excellence, to determine how to raise the quality of every department, and to provide guidance for faculty and administrative decisions in support of continual future improvement.

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Providing leadership on issues related to ESL/intercultural communication and to help members of the UVA community attain the level of linguistic and cultural proficiency needed for success at a research university in the United States.

Student using assistive technologyThe University promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines. When people of different backgrounds come together, they exchange ideas, question assumptions (including their own), and broaden the horizons for us all.

UVA has embarked on a multi-year pan-university cluster hiring initiative, in which up to 20 new faculty members will be recruited each year through cluster searches with central financial assistance.

Couple attending UVA career fairThe UVA Dual Career Program (DCP) provides services for spouses and partners of benefited UVA faculty and newly relocated UVA staff and is building a community website to showcase local employers, jobs, and networking opportunities.

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Endowments produce a steady stream of funding for professorships to recruit and retain distinguished faculty; scholarships and fellowships to support deserving students; lectureships to bring distinguished speakers to Grounds; library acquisitions; and academic prizes to recognize outstanding students and faculty.