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Provost Staff

Roger N. Blais

blais-300x300-rev2016Provost and Vice President 
for Academic Affairs
Professor of Physics

Roger Blais is the Chief Academic Officer and oversees curriculum development in all undergraduate and postgraduate programs. He supervises faculty recruitment, development, promotion and tenure. Blais is also charged with the maintenance and integrity of academic records and compliance in reporting academic information to outside agencies.

Winona M. Tanaka

Senior Vice Provost and 
Associate Vice President 
for Academic Affairs
Clinical Professor of Law

Winona Tanaka serves as liaison to the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association. She chairs the accreditation and certification processes as well as the Associate Dean’s Council and the Collegiate Advisors’ Council. Tanaka also serves as a Title IX Deputy Coordinator and works as the liaison between colleges and Athletics.

Janet Haggerty

haggarty_janet-300x300Vice Provost for Research
Dean of the Graduate School

Janet Haggerty administers the Graduate School and the academic side of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, such as the internal funding programs. She develops and teaches the Life Skills Workshops for graduate students. Haggerty administers the TU Student Research Colloquium for graduate, law, and undergraduate students, and chairs the Intellectual Property Committee.

Jane Kucko

Jane Kucko, Vice Provost for Global Education at The University of TulsaVice Provost for Global Education

Jane Kucko joined the TU team August 1, 2016 as Vice Provost for Global Education where she oversees the Center for Global Education. As Vice-Provost Kucko leads her team and faculty on continuing the implementation of comprehensive internationalization across TU. TU’s internationalization plan includes such initiatives as study abroad, TU Global Scholars, a staff global development program and internationalization grants for faculty.

Tawny Rigsby

tawney-taylor-300x300Director of Student Academic Support

Tawny Rigsby provides leadership for academic support programming and services as well as University retention initiatives. She is a Primary Response Team Member for crises, serves on the University’s Behavior Intervention Team, and provides consultation and assistance regarding student behavior and concerns. She also serves as ADA/504 Coordinator for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and administers the University’s Medical and Psychological Withdrawal processes.

Denise Dutton

dutton_denise-300x300Assistant Provost for Honors Program and Henneke Center for Academic Fulfillment

Denise Dutton administers the Honors Program and serves as founding director of the Henneke Center for Academic Fulfillment. In addition to teaching in the Honors Program, Denise coordinates the admission and selection of Honors Scholars and works with TU professors to staff Honors seminars, to review the Honors curriculum and to advise students designing an Honors Plan. Through the Henneke Center, Denise organizes forums to address common challenges in teaching and to highlight strategies TU professors are using with great success to engage students in the life of the mind and advance their learning. She develops and maintains resources to support faculty in their teaching, advising, and professional leadership. She also facilitates the University Seminar.

Nona Charleston

charleston_nona-300x300Director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships
Associate Director of Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge

Nona Charleston advises undergraduate and graduate students who apply for prestigious scholarship or fellowships. Charleston coordinates campus application procedure from notification through submission and organizes selection and screening committees. She also oversees TURC operations including admissions and selection for summer research stipends and opportunities for civic engagement and service.

Monica Varner

Monica VarnerDirector of University Assessment

Monica Varner serves as the Director of University Assessment and administers the Office of University Assessment. The office works with faculty, academic administrators, and university personnel to help advance student learning and achievement in educational programs, university curriculum, and support services. Monica collaborative develops with academic and institutional units learning goals, assessment processes, and evidence-based strategies, which increase institutional effectiveness and campus-wide continuous improvement. In addition to her university assessment responsibilities, Monica is involved with all aspects of accreditation, supports the university curriculum process, and serves on the university Student Success Team. Monica chairs the Academic Assessment Committee and the University Assessment Committee, as well as serves as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

Avonna Swartz

Avonna SwartzDirector of the Teachers Institute for Tulsa

The Teachers Institute for Tulsa was accepted as a member of the League of Teachers Institutes in November, 2017. The Director serves as a liaison between Tulsa Public Schools, TU administration and faculty and the Yale National Initiative in New Haven. She acts as a leader and facilitator of the participating Fellows and, in consultation with the University Advisory Council, recruits seminar leaders from among the faculty at TU. She also works to ensure that all TIfT activities are carried out in accordance with the rules and procedures established by the Yale National Initiative.

Lauren Wagner

wagner_lauren-300x300Administrative Associate to the Provost

Lauren Wagner edits the Undergraduate Bulletin and coordinates New Faculty Orientation as well as community and campus-related events as assigned by the Provost. She serves as secretary to the Faculty and Curriculum Committee of the Board of Trustees, the Deans’ Council and the University Curriculum Committee. Wagner provides support for the Honors Program and the Henneke Center.

Patt Joyce

joyce_patt-300x300Assistant to the Provost

Patt Joyce manages the budgetary responsibilities including the processing of requisitions and purchase orders for the Office of the Provost and other academic units. She manages and ensures the smooth operation of the Office of the Provost on a daily basis and is the initial contact person for individuals seeking assistance from the Office of the Provost.