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Academic Affairs

Dr. Karen R. Murray

Welcome to the Office of the Provost

The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer for Tarleton State University, providing leadership for all of Tarleton’s academic enterprises including each school, college, research center, and institute. The Provost oversees the quality of instructional programs and research through collaborative work with the president, deans, department chairs, faculty, regents and others. The Provost provides academic vision and leadership while promoting, and supporting, excellence in teaching, learning, and research. The Provost along with deans, departmental chairs, and other Vice Presidents, address issues such as effective planning, good management, and program reviews. Additionally, the Provost is responsible for overseeing academic and budgetary planning and priorities.

Together with the academic deans, the Provost helps ensure the quality of the faculty by administering and monitoring procedures and criteria for faculty appointments and promotions, working conditions, and tenure. The Provost works to ensure the quality of student learning by overseeing the curriculum and encouraging transformative learning experiences in undergraduate education. In addition, the Provost coordinates recruiting and admissions for undergraduate and graduate programs.


Dr. Karen R. Murray

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs Welcome Back - Fall 2020

Welcome Back Presentation Slideshow

Welcome Back Video Recording

Academic Priorities

The Academic Affairs leadership team shares feedback regarding the progress of the academic affairs strategic plan. Leaders give input and provide direction to help the University move forward in specified areas. Below are recent strategic plan updates I would like to share with the campus community.

Academic Innovation

  • Create and deliver an innovative and relevant program mix.
  • Use innovative instructional delivery and learning environments to enhance the academic experience and promote student success.
  • Become a national model for student success.
  • Elevate academic and research profile.

Student Transformation

  • Assure students achieve academically.
  • Meaningfully engage students in and outside the classroom.
  • Provide personal growth experiences for students.

Distinctive Engagement

  • Increase the university's commitment to outreach, partnerships, and community engagement.
  • Engage faculty, staff, current and prospective students, alumni and external stakeholders by communicating strategically and effectively across multiple platforms.
  • Enhance the reputation of the university through distinctive academic and co-curricular programs.

Exemplary Service

  • Improve the culture of exemplary service across campus.
  • Develop and support more efficient and effective processes and systems to improve service and ensure the long-term success of the institution.
  • Implement a notable campus-wide Sustainability initiative.

Colleges & Schools

Tarleton State University has eight academic colleges and two schools that aim to create an outstanding learning atmosphere for both students and faculty alike. Check out our colleges and the academic excellence they have to offer.