The Office of Academic Affairs works under the leadership of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Milton Moreland. Along with Provost Moreland, there are currently three Associate Provosts and an Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness. Although all are called upon to do many different things, their general areas of responsibility are described below.
Dr. Milton Moreland, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, is the chief academic officer of the college and the “go-to-person” for all matters that affect student learning at Rhodes. He is charged with enhancing the quality of undergraduate education through promotion of excellence in teaching, the development of scholarship, and close student-faculty interactions. In addition, he works with academic department chairs and interdisciplinary program directors in addressing curricular, personnel, and budgetary matters. Dr. Moreland, Professor of Religious Studies, has served as the Director of the Rhodes Institute, Chair of the Archaeology Program, and Director of the Memphis Center at Rhodes College. He was the 2012 recipient of the Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service.
Dr. Brian Shaffer is the office’s point person for faculty evaluation. He works closely with chairs and faculty evaluation committees (Tenure & Promotion) at all levels of faculty evaluation, including first-, second-, and fourth-year reviews; tenure and promotion to professor reviews; and post-tenure, post-promotion, and term appointment reviews. In the case of tenure and promotion to professor reviews he also works with off-campus evaluators of scholarship. Associate Dean Shaffer also administers a number of faculty development programs (e.g., Faculty Development Endowment Grants, Professional Travel Funding, Rotational Professorships, and Sabbatical Leaves) and liaises with the Faculty Development Committee (FDC).