The Focus Is You

Department Overview

Dr. James SouthWelcome to SWOSU! We are proud of our heritage as a teaching university, and equally proud of the research and innovation which are hallmarks of our university today. We are engaged in a major initiative titled Three Pillars of Learning in Undergraduate Education: Preparing Students for the 21st Century.  Through this project authored by our former Associate Provost, Dr. Monica Varner, we are inviting and assisting faculty to transform classes in order to include deep learning of academic content, demonstration of intellectual development, and acquisition of professional skills.

It is our goal for students at SWOSU to develop and demonstrate oral and written Communication skills, use personal Creativity, use Critical thinking skills and Collaboration to solve real world problems, and to serve their Communities.  These are the five C’s, and together with the content from their chosen discipline, will equip our students to adapt and succeed in a changing world.

Again, welcome to SWOSU – the focus is you!

Dr. James South
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs is the senior administrative official responsible for the direction of the academic functions of SWOSU, including teaching, research, sponsored programs and continuing education, and libraries.

In cooperation with the four academic Deans, the Provost oversees curriculum and selection of faculty, and is responsible for supervising all aspects of instruction, program and faculty evaluation and development, academic program planning and evaluation, professional development, academic policy, and course file management including the preparation and publication of university catalogs.

The Associate Provost, Academic Deans, Director of Libraries, and Director of Sponsored Programs all report to the Provost. The Provost reports to the President.

Contact Information

Dr. James South
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Tamera Kisinger
Executive Assistant
ADM 210 | (580) 774-3771

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