The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga announces the appointment of Dr. David Rausch as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
The Vice Provost for Academic Affairs is responsible for the day-to-day coordination among the various academic affairs units, including international programs, continuing education, student success, assessment, accreditation, institutional research, the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning, and other units in regard to operational issues. The position also works closely with university IT leadership to ensure necessary academic support and innovation. The Vice Provost will serve on a number of University committees and represent the Office of the Provost in the Provost’s absence, as appropriate.
Rausch’s broad yet detailed experience in assessment, accreditation processes and procedures, management of complex organizational structures, and implementation and use of technology to benefit student progression and completion, made him the committee’s recommendation and choice for the Vice Provost.
“I want to thank members of the search committee for their effort to find the best possible candidate for this critical position,” said Dr. Jerald Ainsworth, UTC Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Dr. Joanne Romagni chaired the committee with members Dr. Dee Dee Anderson, Dr. Pam Ashmore, Dr. Susan Davidson, and Dr. Daniel Pack.
Rausch has a Ph.D. in Leadership from Andrews University and M.B.A from Samford University. Rausch also completed post-doc graduate work in Education Technology at Michigan State University and is certified as an instructor/administrator in a number of Learning Management Systems as well as being certified as a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer.
“I appreciate this opportunity and recognize that the most important efforts for our campus community include listening and engaging collaboratively to ensure student success,” said Rausch. “I look forward to working with our Academic Affairs teams as we continue improving our service and support processes, policies, and procedures to foster academic excellence and advance institutional effectiveness.”
Rausch joined the UTC faculty in 2009. He has served as director of the doctoral program in Learning and Leadership and director of the School of Professional Studies. Prior to coming to UTC, Rausch held faculty and administrative positions at Samford University, Davenport University, Northwood University, Macomb Community College, and as visiting faculty for the University of Santo Amaro, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
In addition to his extensive experience in higher education, Rausch has also worked in marketing and sales, strategic planning, investments and securities, and served in the US Navy for four years.