Academic Affairs

Brie Gertler

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Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Brie Gertler is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Commonwealth Professor of Philosophy.  The vice provost for academic affairs serves as a second-in-command for the provost and provides leadership and oversight of the core academic functions of the University.

HHMI IE3

We are participating in a Learning Community Cluster with 13 other institutions. Through deep engagement with colleagues across the country, we are asking a fundamental question: What would it take for institutions to make a comprehensive shift from deficit- to achievement-oriented frameworks in their approaches to the introductory science experience?

2022 Advising Initiative

Our vision, as articulated in The 2030 Plan, is to “ensure that students receive the advising and support they need to thrive on Grounds and beyond.” The Advising Task Force was convened to closely examine undergraduate advising at the University in order to understand where we are, where we aspire to be, and how we may reach our aspirations. The Task Force Report articulates a vision for undergraduate advising and a set of recommendations to realize our aspirations.

Where Do We Go From Here?

The Task Force took under consideration the current status of undergraduate advising at UVA (where we are), our aspirations for advising (where we want to be), and what we have learned from other institutions. In light of those insights, we conclude by outlining six broad recommendations for realizing our vision for excellent and equitable advising.

What We Have Learned from Other Institutions

Advising is constantly evolving and must be a part of a cycle of continuous improvement. That’s one of the key messages from our conversations with other institutions. Students change, needs change, understanding and expectations of advising change.... and advising structures need to respond to those changes, always keeping students at the center and aiming to develop the best possible support system to help them thrive.