Senior Advisor to the Provost
Jim Frabutt serves as the senior advisor to the provost. Among other responsibilities, he supports the provost in the development and implementation of strategic projects, manages academic program reviews, coordinates academic leadership teams (e.g., the Deans Council), guides strategic initiatives and major communications in collaboration with officers and other campus leadership, and coordinates the operations of the Office of the Provost.
In addition to his appointment as senior advisor, Frabutt is a faculty member in Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, where he has been part of its flagship Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) since 2007. His work in ACE has included teaching in the Mary Ann Remick Leadership and ACE Teaching Fellows Programs as well as leading various initiatives to support diverse learners; he continues to teach in the Remick Leadership Program today.
Concurrent to his duties in ACE, Frabutt also served for two years as director of academic community engagement in the Office of the Provost, developing strategies to leverage the many intellectual assets of Notre Dame’s faculty for the benefit of local communities.
Frabutt holds a B.A. in psychology and Italian from Notre Dame and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in human development and family studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). The author or co-author of four books, he has employed action-oriented, community-based research approaches to areas such as parenting and child development, delinquency prevention, school-based mental health, teacher and administrator action research, racial disparities in the juvenile justice system, and community violence reduction. Prior to returning to Notre Dame, he was deputy director of UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships.