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Two Arts and Sciences Faculty Members Named 2021-2022 Provost Fellows

November 01, 2021

While Drexel has a wealth of talent among its faculty, few faculty members have the opportunity to explore senior administration and make meaningful contributions to advancing strategic initiatives at the University level. The Office of the Provost is pleased to offer the Provost Fellows program to provide exceptional faculty with an expansive range of leadership experiences and to harness faculty expertise in advancing the goals of our University.

The Office of the Provost recognized four faculty experts as its 2021-2022 cohort of Provost Fellows, including the College of Arts and Sciences’ Deirdre McMahon, PhD, and Asta Zelenkauskaite, PhD. View all 2021-2022 Provost Fellows.

Dierdre McMahon, PhD

Dierdre McMahon, PhD

Teaching Professor of English
Chair of the Online Learning Council Faculty Fellows

Partnering with Shivanthi Anandan, PhD, vice provost for undergraduate education, McMahon will collect data on existing undergraduate online program design with a focus on curricular agility and inclusivity. She will also develop a template and set of best practices for online and modality-neutral program development for use by academic units as they plan to launch any new undergraduate degree programs.

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Asta Zelenkauskaite, PhD

Asta Zelenkauskaite

Associate Professor of Communication
Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media

Partnering with Rogelio Miñana, PhD, vice provost for global engagement, Zelenkauskaite will analyze the Office of Global Engagement’s communication and branding strategy. This may include mapping and analyzing the existing web presence and branding/promotional materials, proposing an alternative communications and branding strategy, and designing ways through official communications, web presence and social media to promote the office’s programs.

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About Provost Fellows

A Provost Fellow is a faculty member who partners with senior administration to spearhead a project critical to Drexel’s success. As part of the program, Fellows will become familiar with university-wide academic initiatives, implementation of strategic initiatives, budget planning, and challenges in higher education.

Fellows will continue to engage in their departmental teaching and research responsibilities and will be provided with appropriate release time and administrative resources to facilitate the leadership of a special project. Projects may extend an entire academic year, a single term or more. Fellows will meet bi-weekly with the senior administrator directing their project and participate in Provost Fellow-specific programming.