Priorities and Initiatives

The Office of the Provost works to advance Emory's academic progress and nurture its intellectual life through programs and initiatives focused on faculty eminence and scholarship, student flourishing, strong schools and operational excellence. Guided by Emory’s strategic framework, One Emory: Ambition and Heart, we engage partners across the university and beyond to pursue initiatives that advance our distinctively Emory vision for academic excellence and innovation in service to society.

Our Priorities

The Office of the Provost and our academic and administrative support units work to advance the following priorities:

The Office of the Provost invests in faculty scholarship and innovation by supporting strategic faculty hiring in areas such as AI and humanistic inquiry, as well as creating funding opportunities for innovative scholarship in areas that include climate, social justice and the socially engaged arts.

We foster faculty success through resources, training and mentoring offered through Faculty Affairs—including a dedicated Center for Faculty Development and Excellence—as well as by proactively creating supportive environments through initiatives such as the COACHE faculty satisfaction survey, improved compensation practices, diversity and inclusion work and family-friendly policies.

And we nurture and celebrate faculty eminence through proactive award, nomination and recognition programs, as well as through hiring, retention, promotion and tenure support processes.

Guided by the Student Flourishing initiative, the Office of the Provost is committed to shaping a distinctive and holistic student experience that fosters academic, personal and professional growth. We invest in innovative academic, co-curricular and experiential learning programs that set Emory apart and deliver a best-in-class education to our students; launching and supporting efforts such as the Pathways Center, offering comprehensive professional development services; the Emory Purpose Project, facilitating reflection and purposeful direction; and the Hatchery and Center for AI Learning, inspiring student innovation.

We convene the Undergraduate Council to focus on operational enhancements to support student success, and through our Graduate Affairs leadership, work to facilitate our schools' excellence in graduate and professional education.

The Office of the Provost is dedicated to strengthening Emory’s schools and colleges to cultivate a community of academic excellence. We fuel the visions of our deans and faculty by providing operational support and focused resources to invest in faculty recruitment and retention, research, teaching and programs in strategic, distinctive areas.

The Provost convenes the Council of Deans to foster an aligned institutional vision and collaborate on interdisciplinary initiatives. To strengthen individual schools while elevating the collective prominence and impact of Emory scholars, we support interdisciplinary centers and initiatives such as the Center for Ethics, AI.Humanity, Arts and Humanistic Inquiry and others. The Office of the Provost further supports Emory’s schools and academic mission through central resources including Faculty AffairsEnrollment Management and Libraries and Museum.

The Office of the Provost advances university-wide goals, priorities and operations through our Division of Academic Affairs, which includes shared resources such as Global Strategy and Initiatives, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Institutional Equity and Compliance. We offer high-quality support for academic operations and oversight of academic policies through our administrative offices, including Finance, Planning and Administration and Enrollment Management, comprising the Registrar, Financial Aid and Undergraduate Admissions.

We champion initiatives that invest in our people and community, and help build our institutional capacity for excellence through strategic endeavors that include space and program planning, computing infrastructure improvements and comprehensive budget reforms.

Strategic Initiatives

We’re ambitious for Emory. Through our strategic initiatives, we’re investing in people, resources and programs to create a distinctively Emory academic experience.

Major Initiatives

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The AI.Humanity Initiative brings together the full intellectual power of Emory University to shape the AI revolution to better human health, generate economic value, and promote social justice.

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Arts & Humanistic Inquiry

Launched in fall 2023, the Arts and Humanistic Inquiry initiative will catalyze Emory’s response to vital questions at the heart of the human condition. Over the next three to four years, we anticipate hiring up to 30 new faculty members across five participating schools who will join humanistic and artistic scholars already at Emory to advance the critical work of shaping our world through their endeavors.

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Student Flourishing

The Student Flourishing initiative reimagines and connects Emory’s curriculum, extracurricular activities, and residential and campus life to create an integrated experience that embraces the whole student. By making strategic improvements and investments across their educational journey, we’re creating a uniquely purposeful path to help students find not only academic and professional success, but a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Additional Initiatives