The vice provost for educational initiatives (VPEI) works to enhance equity in undergraduates’ academic opportunities, experiences and outcomes; deepening student research experiences; assess educational programs; and foster innovation in educational programs and practices. As a faculty member, Jennifer’s research focuses on understanding the role the environment has played in human societies in the archaeological past, particularly where water resource availability was a critical issue.  

Jennifer Smith, vice provost for educational initiatives

“Jen has shown her commitment to helping our students realize their full potential no matter the challenges they face. She is passionate about our students and has an endless amount of energy and ideas toward creating challenging, enriching educational experiences for them.”

Provost Beverly Wendland