Carrying U-M's academic vision into the future

The Office of the Provost is responsible for both academic and budgetary affairs at the University of Michigan. This approach ensures that U-M's academic priorities are supported by budgetary decisions — enabling us to maintain and serve our mission as one of the world's top public universities.

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News & Communications

Messages from the provost and other announcements by the Office of the Provost.

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Pilot coaching program aims to help newly tenured faculty »

Newly tenured faculty have been invited to join a pilot coaching program opened this fall by the Office of the Provost and U-M’s ADVANCE Program. The Post-Promotion Academic Career Exploration, or PACE, program is designed to support faculty as they meet new career opportunities and challenges after promotion.

Vice Provost Areas

Vice provosts serve as senior academic administrators. They direct the development and implementation of university academic plans and policies. Vice provosts work closely with the provost, deans, and other academic leaders to guide and support the work of faculties, departments, institutes, and research centers.

Academic and Budgetary Affairs

Thomas Finholt, vice provost, and his team work collaboratively with the provost in setting and implementing policy pertaining to academic and budgetary issues, and serve as a liaison to deans and directors in many areas of academic and budgetary affairs.

Academic and Budgetary Affairs
Academic and Faculty Affairs

Vice provosts Sara Blair and Lori Pierce lead the effort to develop and strengthen policies and programs that support a diverse and excellent faculty.

Academic and Faculty Affairs
Academic Affairs – Graduate Studies

Vice provost and Rackham dean Michael Solomon promotes excellence in graduate education by cultivating a vibrant and diverse student community that will impact the public good through the scholarship and discoveries of its students and degree recipients; additionally, promoting coordination between campus museums and collections.

Academic Affairs–Graduate Studies
Academic Innovation

Vice provost James Hilton is helping to shape the future of higher education through academic innovation and professional development focused on teaching and learning practices, and by providing access to innovative learning spaces and creative technologies.

Academic Innovation
Biosciences Initiative

Vice provost Roger Cone heads this initiative with a focus on funding cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, expert faculty hires, collaboration, and postgraduate education across the biological sciences at U-M.

Biosciences Initiative
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Vice provost Tabbye Chavous leads and supports university-wide initiatives focused on the recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, while fostering an inclusive and equitable community at the U-M.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Engaged Learning

Vice provost Valeria Bertacco leads efforts to maximize the ability of the university to create richly engaged learning experiences for our students, staff, and faculty, both domestically and abroad by discovering new ideas and creating new outcomes that positively impact the people of Michigan and the world.

Engaged Learning
Enrollment Management

Vice provost Adele C. Brumfield manages U-M’s enrollment functions to efficiently optimize students’ experiences throughout their engagement, from prospect to alumni. The division collaborates with campus partners in support of the university's mission and commitment to academic quality, accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Enrollment Management

Faculty Resources

The Office of the Provost places importance on providing the policies, procedures, and other resources so faculty can focus their time and energy on their scholarly, research, or creative pursuits; their teaching; their clinical work; and their service.

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Recruitment, Hiring, & Retention »

Details about the process for making appointments to the instructional, clinical instructional, and research faculty ranks, and information about efforts to recruit and retain faculty.

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Promotion, Tenure, & Review »

The awarding of tenure to a member of the faculty is one of the most important decisions that the university makes. This section provides important information regarding policies that govern the timing of tenure, as well as guiding principles for tenure reviews. It also includes current faculty promotion guidelines.

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Honors & Awards »

The Office of the Provost administers awards to recognize and celebrate the achievements of faculty members in research, teaching, service, and effort promoting a diverse and equitable campus.


Explore the ongoing initiatives within the Office of the Provost, which work across the university to discover, integrate, connect, and engage, and which reflect our commitment to our strategic priorities.

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