Welcome to the Office of the Provost

Paul Jensen

Paul E. Jensen, PhD

Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost

Meet Drexel University's Chief Academic Officer

Provost Paul Jensen, PhD, was named executive vice president and Nina Henderson Provost in 2019. As Drexel University's highest-ranking academic officer, he oversees the academic and research divisions of the University, including 15 schools and colleges and numerous administrative units.

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Global Experience
International partnerships with over 120 institutions expand Drexel's reach  — along with students' cultural aptitude and experiential learning — around the globe.
Powerful Partnerships
Building from our over 100-year legacy of cooperative education, Drexel forges ahead with initiatives such as the Innovation Engine to expand these powerful partnerships. 
Research & Innovation
Capitalizing on our strengths as a Carnegie-classified R1 research university, Drexel researchers build new knowledge and create solutions while expanding impact with local, national and international communities.
Reimagined Sustainability
The Environmental Collaboratory tackles the global climate crisis with an inclusive, interdisciplinary approach, strengthening the University's institutional climate commitment and sustainability leadership.

Recent Announcements

Announcing the Awardees of the Climate Hub Grant Program
The Environmental Collaboratory is pleased to support the formation of four collaborative teams of faculty, students and professional staff for research, creative and scholastic endeavors that will further catalyze Drexel’s Areas of Excellence & Opportunity (AEOs) in Sustainability and Climate Resilience with funding from the Waverly Street Foundation,
Christopher Spahr Appointed Executive Director of the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
Christopher Spahr, PhD, has been appointed Executive Director of the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, effective April 1, 2024.
Accepting Applications for Drexel Faculty Recognition Awards
The Office of Research & Innovation and the Office of Faculty Advancement are pleased to announce the 2023-2024 Faculty Recognition Awards. While we continue to address our current budget challenges, we recognize the significance of these awards and are committed to recognizing and supporting the ongoing development of our faculty. We look forward to celebrating all our awardees, along with tenure and promotion recipients, at a reception on Wednesday, May 29.
Ann C. Yurcaba Appointed Interim University Librarian
Ann C. Yurcaba will assume leadership of the Drexel University Libraries as Interim University Librarian, effective January 2, 2024.

Latest News

People in white lab coats looking into microscopes. Faculty Highlights: Recent Awards and Grants
Faculty members were awarded sponsored research grants and major gifts, honors and recognition.
P Mohana Shankar Meet P. Mohana Shankar, Recipient of the Inaugural Provost Award for Pedagogical Innovation
While P. Mohana Shankar, PhD, was teaching differential equations to engineering students back in 2010, he assigned them to solve a standard question. Since the solution to the problem also required explanation and interpretation, Shankar wondered whether students, specifically each student, would learn more if provided with a different question.
The Drexel ICA group pictured with TEDI , government officials, school leadership, and community stakeholders, in front of the newly launched computer lab. Photo courtesy of TEDI. Through Connections and Community, Drexel Course Helps Launch Computer Lab in Tanzania
Several Drexel units and external partners collaborated for a class that ultimately culminated in improved digital literacy and educational opportunities for young learners — and, as a byproduct, physical school and road repairs in the country’s Moshi District.
A blue graphic showing hands shaking Partnerships and Projects: Drexel’s Recent Industry and Civic Engagement Connections
Last term, Drexel University expanded its collaborations with local organizations and industry partners.