In accordance with UCI’s new strategic plan,  the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (OVPTL) was formed in May 2015. The Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (OVPTL) is a key pillar of the new strategic plan for UCI and contains the Division of Undergraduate Education, the Division for Teaching and Learning and  Summer Session. Michael Dennin, was appointed as the new Vice Provost, and has taken on this exciting role in addition to his current position as the Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE).

Professor Dennin, Dean for the Division of Undergraduate Education, has worked for many years within  DUE on the DUE Undeclared Advising Program and also actively mentored UROP students. He has served as Chair of the Academic Senate Committee on Courses, and the Chair of the Council on Educational Policy. Professor Dennin holds a Ph.D. in Physics from UC Santa Barbara, and is well known to be an approachable and charismatic educator. His research focuses on the dynamics of foams, langmuir monolayers, and modeling of ice mélange, and has received numerous awards. Mr. Dennin is very active in online education and is passionate about increasing the public awareness of science. Follow Vice Provost Dennin on Twitter @DenninMichael to get updates, news, and insights.

The new OVPTL reports under the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and branches over the Division for Undergraduate Education, Division for Teaching and Learning (DTL), and Summer Session. Vice Provost Dennin serves as the senior most campus official responsible for undergraduate education campus-wide. He is working with academic units to ensure UCI’s student success and is helping to enhance the undergraduate experience by advising senior administrators on ways to continue improving and enhancing the quality of the learning experience in all of UCI’s undergraduate programs.

The OVPTL also ensures the accessibility of essential academic support services to:

  • Cater to every undergraduate student; provides campus-wide guidance and leadership for curricular innovations
  • Advancing inclusive excellence in student learning and achievement
  • Cultivating community college partnerships
  • Creating opportunities for high-achieving students
  • Providing students and faculty with resources that promote academic excellence and student success.
  • Encouraging and facilitates innovations in pedagogy, including the use of technology-enhanced education, that raise the profile of teaching across the University

UC Irvine experienced a 7.7 percent  rise in applications this year, with a record 88,792 students vying for admission in fall 2015. The growth outpaced the systemwide increase by nearly 2 percentage points. UCI also saw impressive gains in Chicano/Latino and African American freshman applicants.  And the campus had 68,740 combined freshman and transfer applications from California residents, the second-largest number of in-state applications in the University of California system.

OVPTL’s support of the various units within the Division of Undergraduate Education is intended to elevate institutional attention to undergraduate education and signal its importance as a priority for the university in order to best serve its large and growing undergraduate population. OVPTL works in partnership with the Academic Senate, Deans, Chairs, and other stakeholders to help the Schools achieve their undergraduate mission and to ensure that the University is ready to deploy the latest developments in pedagogy and educational technology to produce the most positive educational  experience for students. OVPTL is an important catalyst for the work of educational innovation but also operates in an environment of shared responsibility for the way in which results are achieved. It is important for the success of the OVPTL to reinforce a sense of engagement, shared accountability, and responsibility for the quality of undergraduate education across the institution.

In addition to supporting the Division for Teaching and Learning and Summer Session, the OVPTL will have significant impact at UCI to help make sure that all students have access to the Division of Undergraduate Education program units, services, and resources that are available to them.

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