Archie Holmes, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received his B.S. (highest honors) from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.S. and PhD. degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to joining U.Va. in 2007, Archie was an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin and holder of the Lybarger Endowed Faculty Fellowship. His research interests are focused on the development of novel optoelectronic devices, particularly in the short- and mid-infrared wavelength ranges. This work has been funded by several federal agencies and he has been actively involved in projects translating his research into the commercial sector. Over his career, Archie has co-authored over 110 referred technical articles and 70 conference presentations.
Archie has also received numerous awards for his teaching and advising activities. At the University of Texas, he received the Dad’s Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship, the Texas Excellence Teaching Award in Engineering, and the Gordon T. Lepley IV Endowed Memorial Teaching Award. At the University of Virginia, Archie was an inaugural member of the University Academy of Teaching started by the Teaching Resource Center and received a Hartfield–Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prize in 2012. Archie also received an Outstanding New Advisor Award from the National Academic Advising Association in 2005 and Trigon’s Thomas E. Hutchinson Faculty Award in 2013.
As vice provost for academic affairs, Archie serves as chief advisor to and representative of the executive vice president and provost in academic matters related to the curriculum and general health and welfare of the academic units. Areas of responsibility include academic planning and program review, institutional accreditation, enrollment management, high impact experiences for undergraduate students, total advising, and the coordination of additional academic activities with other University leaders. The vice provost for academic affairs also oversees several units including the Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs, the Center for Undergraduate Excellence, the Office of Institutional Assessment and Studies, the Contemplative Sciences Center, the University of Virginia Press, and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities.