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Provost's Welcome

Jane FernandesJane K. Fernandes

Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

At the University of North Carolina Asheville, the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is committed to ensuring the success of faculty, students and staff. Our mission is to provide strategic vision, leadership and support for inclusive academic excellence and integrity to further our core focus on exemplary teaching and learning, undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity, and service to the University and the people of Western North Carolina.

Our Office advances work on the University's strategic themes (Public Responsibility, Liberal Arts and Long-Term Sustainability) by building and fostering a diverse and inclusive campus, providing an interdisciplinary liberal arts education that affords students undergraduate research, community engagement and career development opportunities, and assuring that our campus achieves necessary environmental, social and financial balance.

We champion the lifelong benefits of a liberal arts education, with all the diverse intellectual viewpoints it encompasses, as the best career preparation possible for our citizens.  We support the recruitment, retention and advancement of a diverse and inclusive faculty, staff and student body as an essential dimension of the liberal arts philosophy.

We offer undergraduate degree programs leading to the B.A., B.S., B.F.A., and B.S.E.  Students may chose from 32 majors and 40 minors, including courses preparing for teacher licensure.  In addition to students learning a major in depth at UNC Asheville, they will also learn about the connections among disciplines through our award-winning Integrative Liberal Studies (ILS) program.

Students study and chat on the campus quadAn array of academic support programs broaden and enrich the student educational experience including undergraduate research, service learning, community engagement, career development, our Honors program and study abroad.  A university-wide project, known as Inquiry Arc, endeavors to improve and assess our ability to teach and learn critical thinking skills that are essential for 21st century citizenship.

Provost Jane Fernandes at the UNC Asheville Spring 2013 CommencementWe facilitate access to higher education and affordability through careful academic planning and partnership with faculty, staff, students and programs to provide an exciting, imaginative, and rigorous learning experience for every UNC Asheville student.   

We provide support for faculty promotion and tenure; offer and advocate faculty development opportunities; and foster faculty innovation, achievement and recognition for teaching, scholarship/creative activity and service.

Our current work revolves around leadership for academic priorities; support for excellence in faculty teaching, scholarship/creative activity and service; and development and delivery of a revised student-centered curriculum that prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to thrive in our increasingly interconnected world.

Please take a look around our website using the menu at right, and feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance.

Jane K. Fernandes
Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for oversight, management, and accomplishment of the institution's educational mission. To this end, the Office of Academic Affairs works with departments and programs to create and maintain an environment that:Phillips Hall

  • cultivates student learning and growth
  • provides varied opportunities for students to achieve our learning outcomes
  • promotes diversity among people and ideas as a way to enrich students’ lives
  • encourages students to explore interdisciplinary connections
  • provides the faculty support and development critical to the evolution of vibrant learning environments for our students.



Academic Affairs & Diversity News and Events

Women's History Month Events at UNC Asheville - April 2014
Tuesday, April 8 — Jennifer Bleyer, "My So-Called Jewish Life: Ruminations on what sex, animation, Tumblr, knitting, punk rock, marijuana, EDM, atheism, feminism, anarchism, locavorism, alt comedy, soccer, reggae, tattoos, vintage clothes, Buddhism, street art, nail art, beards on non-Hasids, fiddlers off the roof and dogs and have to do with Judaism, and why, contrary to the fretting of some, it's good for the Jews"


Native American Film Series to be screened at West Asheville Library - through Wednesday, April 23, 2014
As part of an Engaged Collaborative Humanities Grant and in partnership with the Buncombe County Library System, UNC Asheville professors Trey Adcock, Reid Chapman and Sarah Judson will present Reclaiming Sacred Ground: Native American Self-Representation in Film, a series of four films by Native American film makers, followed by discussion.  The final film, The Cherokee Word for Water, will be screened on April 23 at the West Asheville Library.  Read more...

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