Academic Affairs


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., Interim 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, 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.

Lynda Olin, Grant Proposal Coordinator, is responsible for grant proposal development and facilitation.

Blended and networked learning

Michael Caulfield supports faculty who want to incorporate greater use of technology to enhance student learning or to leverage the resources of the Internet in their classes.

Special projects, research and support

Holly Beck is the Principal Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Holly Davis is the Principal Assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellors for Academic Affairs.

Undergraduate research

Contact us

Call us today at 360-546-9583 or send an email.