Academic Affairs is the largest division at WSU Vancouver. Academic Affairs supports the mission of WSU Vancouver by providing high-quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs, advancing research, scholarship and creative activity and advancing diversity on the campus. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is responsible for faculty affairs, support of faculty governance, academic planning, policies and procedures.
Led by Renny Christopher, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Office supports the work of faculty and students toward the achievement of their academic and professional goals. Visit Renny's blog.
Curriculum, student success and assessment
Thabiti Lewis, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, is responsible for curriculum development and review, academic and program assessment, student success initiatives, professional development, and the University Scholars Honors Program.
Elias Cohen, Ph.D. is the Campus Director for Institutional Effectiveness.
Research, graduate education, grants and community partnerships
Christine Portfors, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education for Vancouver and Tri-Cities campuses, is responsible for advancing and promoting faculty research; supporting reviewing grant proposal development in collaboration with the office of Grants and Contracts; promoting graduate education; and the development of community partnerships and engagement to support research and technology transfer.
Ariana Abrahamsen, grant proposal coordinator in Academic Affairs, provides grant support for the Vancouver campus. For grant proposal ideas and questions, join Abrahamsen’s drop-in office hours 3 – 4 p.m. Wednesdays via Zoom or email her to set up an individual appointment.
Special projects, research and support
Diane Laya is the Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and a licensed Washington state notary. She provides notary services free of charge to the campus community.
Holly Davis is the Principal Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education for Vancouver and Tri-Cities campuses, and the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.