May 04, 2016

Robert Wood Appointed Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis University Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., has announced that longtime biology professor Robert Wood, Ph.D., will serve as SLU's new associate provost for academic affairs. His appointment is effective July 1.

"I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with someone of Dr. Wood's experience and stature," Brickhouse said. "I know that he will play a very important role over the next few years as we continue to grow the excellence of our academic programs."

A SLU alumnus, Wood has been a member of the University's faculty since 1994 and has served as chair of the department of biology since 2009. In his new leadership role in the office of the provost, Wood's responsibilities will include:

  • Developing, implementing and assessing academic programs, policies and support services offered through the division of academic affairs 
  • Overseeing the honors program, as well as pre-health and pre-law studies programs, among other areas
  • Chairing the undergraduate and graduate academic affairs committees, serving as those groups' liaison to the Council of Academic Deans and Directors, Faculty Senate, Student Government Association, and other shared governance bodies 
  • Providing administrative leadership for academic advising across the University
  • Working closely with the division of student development to enhance learning communities and student success programs

Wood said he is excited to take on these new duties at this point in SLU's history.

"I feel very strongly that the University is well positioned to make significant advances in enhancing our national reputation, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the leadership team that will help move us forward," Wood said.

About Dr. Wood
During his 22 years at SLU, Wood has gained extensive experience with undergraduate education and advising, teaching thousands of students and earning recognition for excellence in mentoring.

He also served as an Arts and Sciences representative on the steering committee that recently led the University-wide dialogue around the topic of the "Shared SLU Undergraduate Educational Experience."

Wood has been deeply involved in graduate education as well, serving as director of biology graduate studies for six years, overseeing student recruitment activities, doctoral written examinations and departmentally supported research assistantships.

An active researcher, Wood has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a variety of state agencies. His research has focused on North American freshwater fish.

Wood also has been involved in governance at the college and university levels. He served on the Arts and Sciences Faculty Council and the SLU Faculty Senate, where he was a member of the senate's academic affairs committee.

Committed to the University's Jesuit mission, Wood taught both incarcerated and staff students at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center through the SLU Prison Program.

Wood earned his bachelor's degree in biology from SLU in 1986. He also earned a master's degree from Northeast Louisiana University (1988) and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama (1993). He completed postdoctoral research work at Arizona State University.

About the Search
SLU launched an internal search for the position in February 2016. Christopher Duncan, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, chaired the committee. Other members included:

  • Q. John Fu, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of biostatistics
  • Jennifer Giancola, Ph.D., associate professor in the School for Professional Studies 
  • Jay Goff, vice president for enrollment and retention management
  • John James, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics
  • Anastasios Kaburakis, J.D., Ph.D., associate professor of management
  • Kevin Lynch, vice president for academic affairs and president-elect of the SGA
  • Karla Scott, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and assistant dean for diversity and inclusion in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Joanne Thanavaro, DNP, associate dean for graduate education in the School of Nursing
  • Mardell Wilson, Ph.D., dean of Doisy College of Health Sciences
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