The Office of the Provost facilitates space planning with the schools and colleges, establishes priorities for improvement projects, and serves as principal liaison from the academic units to Facilities Management & Planning (FM&P) and the President’s Committee on Space Planning & Capital Expenditures (SPACE).
The systematic and recurring review of academic programs at Boston University is an essential element of our ongoing effort to promote critical reflection, self-assessment, and strategic planning toward our goals. The information that is gathered as part of the review process helps to foster academic excellence within the unit, identify methods to increase quality, and provide critical guidance for administrative decisions.
The Academic Services Department is responsible for the management of a variety of faculty services, including the review and approval of initial hires, management of faculty payroll and the annual merit review/salary increase process, compilation and analysis of faculty data reports, coordination of the tenure and promotion process, maintenance of the faculty data portion of the University’s mainframe system, and oversight of the affirmative action process.
The Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs (APFA) works with faculty and the leaders of the schools and colleges on initiatives that support the professional development of faculty members at all stages of their careers. Additionally, the APFA serves as a resource for best practices in faculty searches and works with faculty and administration on dual career issues and faculty retention. The APFA participates in discussions concerning academic leadership appointments, faculty merit reviews, and faculty salaries on the Charles River Campus, and provides information for faculty and administration in the areas of recruitment, promotion, compensation, and work-life resources through a dedicated website.
The Office of the Vice President & Associate Provost for Research helps form interdisciplinary collaborations among offices at BU in order to advance research, scholarship, and creative activity across the institution. The Research website is a resource for learning how to get involved in BU’s research enterprise and discover some of the exciting projects now under way.
Boston University and Boston Medical Center (BMC) are committed to conducting all research activities incorporating the highest levels of ethical and research integrity and compliance with legal standards. As a result, the Research Compliance Office has been created to ensure that BU complies with city, state, and national laws, contract and grant obligations, and standards of integrity, quality, and ethics. Because multiple operational units are responsible for the overall effort to manage potential risk, the Research Compliance website is available to help researchers and staff find the offices responsible for regulations and policy making.
The Office of the Provost oversees several scholarship and fellowship programs that require the applicants to have the University’s endorsement or that allow a limited number of applicants. Among these programs are the Rhodes, British Marshall, George Mitchell, Fulbright, DAAD, Goldwater, Truman, and Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships. Many other funding opportunities are available to undergraduate and graduate students and may be found through online search engines, announcements to schools, and various grant publications.
Proposals for additions and modifications to Boston University’s wide range of academic programs are subject to careful review at many levels. Successful proposals should meet the highest standards of intellectual cogency, academic need, and alignment with the school or college and University strategic plans. The eCAP system allows schools and colleges to easily submit proposals online using a standard form, upload the relevant supporting documents, as well as track and view the proposal’s status as it moves through the review process. View procedures for new degree proposals.
Initiatives & Programs
- Center for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching
- Provost’s Faculty Advisory Board for Distance Education
- Women in Science and Engineering
Awards & Fellowships
- Clare Boothe Luce Award
- Metcalf Cup and Prize and the Metcalf Awards
- United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award
- University Lectures
- Scholarships and Fellows