Senior Assistant Provost
Jim Frabutt serves as senior assistant provost. In this capacity, he works closely with the provost, the senior advisor to the provost, and capital campaign leadership to connect strategic planning activities in the academy to academic funding priorities. Other responsibilities include serving on the Promotions Advisory Committee for teaching, practice, advising, clinical, library, and research faculty; leading academic program reviews; and providing support to the associate provosts in administering their respective portfolios.
He has previously been a faculty member in the Institute for Educational Initiatives' flagship Alliance for Catholic Education, teaching in the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program and ACE Teaching Fellows program as well as leading various initiatives to support children with diverse learning needs.
Frabutt most recently served as senior advisor to the provost, a role he held for five years. In that capacity, he supported the provost in the development and implementation of strategic projects, managed academic program reviews, coordinated academic leadership teams (e.g., the Deans Council and Provost’s Cabinet), guided strategic initiatives and major communications in collaboration with officers and other campus leadership, and coordinated the operations of the Office of the Provost.
He 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 nine books and nearly 60 articles and book chapters, 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.