Live Chat with Provost Liesl Folks

Live Chats with Liesl are going live and in person for the 2022-23 academic year!

What began as virtual meetings to provide faculty with crucial information during the start of the pandemic, has evolved into rich discussions. Provost Folks this year will be visiting each college during the fall semester for an opportunity to continue these chats face to face.

Each gathering will be open to all faculty and staff at the hosting college. Provost Folks looks forward to your questions and ideas to help shape the future and most of all meeting everyone in person!

Invitations will be emailed. RSVP is not required, but we ask that you please respond to the RSVP link provided so we can plan accordingly.

You may submit questions in advance of each session if you wish. The full schedule will be posted as sessions are confirmed.

If you have any questions regarding the meeting and/or need reasonable accommodations, please contact

Future dates and times listed on the page are subject to change.



Date and Time



College of Fine Arts

Aug. 30, 9:30 a.m.

Crowder Hall


College of Humanities

Aug. 30, 2:30 p.m.

Gallagher Theater


College of Education

Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m.

Education Room 102

College of Engineering

Sept. 14, 2:00 p.m.

AME S314

College of Law

Sept. 21, 3:00 p.m.

College of Law, Room 164

College of Science

Sept. 27, 9 a.m.

Flaundrau Science Center and Planetarium

College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m.

CAPLA Underwood Garden (College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture - EAST)

Eller College of Management

Oct. 5, 2 p.m.

Estes Atrium (McClelland Hall)

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m.



James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences

Nov. 28, 9:30 a.m.

Meinel Building, Room 307


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Nov. 29, 9:30 a.m.

ENR2, Room D107


College of Veterinary Medicine

Nov. 30, 3:00 p.m.

Stallard Building, Student Services Area


College of Applied Science and Technology

Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m.

Sierra Vista Campus


Date: September 14, 2022

Topic: Fall 2022 Provost's Investment Fund Workshop


Liesl Folks, Senior VP and Provost
Nina Bates, Director of Ops and Strategic Initiatives
Jane Zavisca, Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies, SBS, (PIF Spring & Fall 2021)
Lori Schultz, Assistant Vice President, Research Intelligence, RII, (PIF Spring 2022)
Mahmoud Azaz, Associate Professor, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, (PIF Fall 2021)
Chelsea Bruce, Proposal Development Strategist, Foundation Relations

Presentation materials

PIF Frequently Asked Questions

WATCH the webinar recording (CC)

Date: April 19, 2022

Session Topic: Shared Governance
Mark Criley, Senior Program Officer, Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance, American Association of University Professors
Andrea Romero, Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs
Jessica Summers, Faculty Chair, and Professor, Teaching/Learning and Sociocultural Studies
Michael Brewer, Faculty Secretary, and Senior Information Resources Officer Librarian

Presentation materials

WATCH the recording (CC) - UA Log in is required

We are pleased to announce the completion of the Student Success District, an impressive nine-acre area on campus dedicated to student support and success. Construction of the District began in 2019 with a vision to interconnect four campus buildings—Main Library, the Bartlett Academic Success Building, Bear Down Building, and the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library—to provide an array of support services and cutting-edge collaborative spaces for students.

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 8, from 3 - 4 p.m.
Session Topic: Student Success District

Shan Sutton, University Libraries Dean
Emily McCarthy, Sr. Director Career Development, Student Engagement & Career Development
Jenny Nirh, Director, Collaboration Communication and Outreach, Student Success, and Retention Innovation
Nina Bates, Director Operations and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Provost
Kenya Johnson, Director Marketing Communications and Events, University Libraries

The District lauds the University’s commitment to academic and research excellence, student support, health and wellness, and the preparation students need to become leaders in the modern workplace. Please join us to learn more about this unique and innovative space. 

Presentation materials

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Wednesday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Provost's Investment Fund Spring 2022 Workshop

During this meeting, we will cover submission requirements, review process, and funding priorities. Participants will also hear and learn from the past PIF awardees and reviewers. For more information, please visit the Provost's Investment Fund website 

Liesl Folks, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Colin Blakely, Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiative and Director of School of Art
Saumya Debray, Ph.D., Professor, Computer Science
Jeong Yeol Yoon, Ph.D., Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Nina Bates, Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives

Presentation materials

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Tuesday, Dec. 14, 3-4 p.m. | The Nexus Between Arts, Creativity, Well-being, and Community

Joined by Andy Schulz, vice president for the arts and dean of the College of Fine Arts, and Chad Herzog, executive director of Arizona Arts Live, we discussed the nexus between arts, creativity, well-being and community.

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Tuesday, Nov. 30, 3-4 p.m. | Diversity Initiatives Update

Joined by Ivy Banks, associate vice provost for diversity and inclusion, we will discuss initiatives and updates from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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Tuesday, Nov. 16, 3-4 p.m. | Faculty Awards Overview

We discussed new award opportunities and continued University faculty awards, share values and priorities for these awards, and you will hear from previous nominators about how to prepare the packets.

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Tuesday, Nov. 2, 3-4 p.m. | Career Planning
Joined by Andrea Romero, vice provost for faculty affairs, we will discuss career strategic planning to help faculty develop one-year, three-year and five-year plans.

Presentation materials

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Tuesday, Oct. 19, 3-4 p.m. | Wellness
Research shows that well-being and health are associated with more creativity, more productivity, and better work environments. We will discuss strategies and efforts on our campus to promote wellness.


Eileen Lawless, Specialist, Dependent Care, Life & Work Connections
Alison Sutton-Ryan, Director, Mental Health and Wellness Program, College of Veterinary Medicine
Leslie Langbert, Executive Director, Center for Compassion Studies, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Presentation materials

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Date: September 16, 2021

Topic: Provost's Investment Fund Workshop


Etta Kralovec, PhD., Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies
John Pollard, PhD., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Curricular Innovation, Honors College, & Professor of Practice in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Kim Patten, MS., Assistant Vice President, Research Development
Jamie Boehmer, MS, PhD., Executive Director, Biomedical, Clinical & Health Sciences Research Development

Presentation materials

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Provost Folks was joined by leaders in the Office of the Provost to discuss plans and goals for the coming academic year.


Gail D. Burd, Ph.D., Sr. Vice Provost, Academic Affairs, Teaching and Learning
Greg Heileman, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education
Kendal Washington White, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Campus Life and Dean of Students
Melody Buckner, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost, Digital Learning and Online Initiatives
Ivy Banks, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Diversity & Inclusion
Kasey Urquidez, Ed.D., Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean for Undergraduate Admissions
Andrea Romero, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs
Andrew Carnie, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Graduate Education
Karen Francis Begay, M.A., Assistant Vice Provost, Native American Initiatives
Cynthia Demetriou, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Student Success & Retention Innovation
Craig Wilson, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Online and Distance Education
Shan Sutton, MA, MHum., Dean, University Libraries
Brent White, JD, Vice Provost, and Dean, Arizona Global

Presentation materials

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Date: April 6, 2021

Topic: Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Faculty, Staff and Students

Josephine Corder, MBA, Director, Life and Work Connections
David Salafsky, DrPH, MPH, Co-Executive Director, Campus Health Services
Glenn Matchett-Morris, PhD (Tentative), Director, CAP Services

Presentation materials

Date: March 23, 2021

Topic: Lessons Learned From a Year of Remote Teaching


Andrea Romero, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Lisa Elfring, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost, Office of Instruction and Assessment

Presentation materials

Date: February 23, 2021

Topic: Individual Brand Management

Lehman Benson III, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

Date: February 11, 2021

Topic: Understanding Career Track

Panelist: Andrea Romero, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Presentation materials

Date: January 28, 2021

Topic: Finding Campus Resources to Support Your Students


Lisa Elfring, Associate Vice Provost, Instruction and Assessment
Danielle Flink, Student Success and Retention Specialist for CALS and Academic Services
Jenny Nirh, Associate Director, Communications and Outreach for Student Success, Retention and Innovation

Presentation materials

Date: December 3, 2020

Topic: Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Reaffirmation of Accreditation 2021


Gail Burd, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Teaching and Learning

Presentation materials

Date: November 18, 2020

Topic: General Education Refresh


Susan Miller-Cochran, Executive Director, General Education and Professor of English
John Pollard, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Honors College

Presentation materials

Date: November 5, 2020

Topic: Faculty Demographics and Hiring

Andrea Romero, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Judy Marquez Kiyama, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development
Ashley Hurrand, Program Manager, Customer Experience & Support, UAIR

Presentation materials

Date: October 22, 2020

Topic: College operations, the model of engagement and future plans at the Honors College


Terry Hunt, Dean, Honors College
John Pollard, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Honors College

Presentation materials

Date: October 8, 2020

Topic: Managing Forward: Re-opening Campus

Panelist: Mr. Christopher Kopach, Assistant Vice President, Facilities Management 

Presentation materials

Date: September 24, 2020

Topic: Supporting UArizona Graduate Students


Andrew Carnie, Dean, Graduate College

Dorian Voorhees, Associate Dean, Graduate College

Maggie Pitts, Associate Dean, Gradudate College

Meg Lota Brown, Faculty Director of the Graduate Center

Frans Tax, Faculty Director, Graduate Diversity and Inclusion

Presentation materials

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 3 PM

Topic: Faculty Development and Funding Resources

Andrea Romero, Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs

Judy Marquez Kiyama, Associate Vice Provost, Faculty Development

Sangita Pawar, Vice President, Operations

Kim Patten, Assistant Vice President, Research Development

Presentation materials

Date: August 27, 2020

Topic: Campus Re-entry Overview - Students


Kendal Washington White, Vice Provost, Campus Life / Dean of Students

Marcos Guzman, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Fraternity & Sorority Programs

Moderator: Clarisa Robles

Presentation materials

Date: August 13, 2020

Topic: Campus Re-entry Overview

Faculty Discussants:

Ron Hammer, Professor, College of Medicine

Chad Herzog, Executive Director, UA Presents

Maha Nassar, Associate Professor, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Robert Stephan, Assistant Professor, College of Humanities

Moderator: Andrea Romero, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Presentation materials

Date: July 30, 2020

Topic: Wildcats in the Classroom in Fall 2020 – What to Expect?

Subject Matter Experts from the Office of Instruction and Assessment
Lisa Elfring, Associate Vice Provost
Ingrid Novodvorsky, Director, Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Gretchen Gibbs, Professor of Practice & Coordinator, Professional Development - Online Instruction
Erin Galyen, Associate Professor of Practice & Co-Coordinator, Certificate in College Teaching

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