Associate Provosts & Vice Presidents
The Office of the Provost is divided into several major functional areas, with an associate provost leading the initiatives of each. In addition, while Notre Dame Research and the Enrollment Division are administratively distinct from the provost’s office, the provost oversees the activities of both.
Vice President and Senior Associate Provost
Christine M. Maziar, Professor of Electrical Engineering
Chris Maziar is the vice president and senior associate provost. She also serves as interim provost. Maziar's major responsibilities as vice president and senior associate provost include overseeing academic budgeting, serving as the principal data steward for the academy, facilitating all faculty appointments, and providing leadership for academic space management. Maziar also oversees the Office of the Registrar.
Vice President and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
Maura A. Ryan, John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Christian Ethics
Maura Ryan is the vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs. Her major responsibilities include overseeing new faculty orientation and faculty training; the evaluation of teaching; faculty development; reappointment and promotion for TPAC, research, and library faculty; faculty leaves; the Office of Academic Mission Support; and the University’s processes for responding to faculty appeals and grievances, and to allegations of faculty misconduct. Ryan also acts as the point person with the University’s regional accrediting body, fills a staffing role for the Academic Council, and provides leadership for academic program reviews, the Dual Career Assistance Program, and academic diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Vice President and Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Laura A. Carlson, Professor of Psychology
Laura Carlson is vice president and associate provost and dean of the Graduate School. As dean, she oversees the master’s and doctoral programs within engineering, global affairs, the humanities, the sciences, business (doctoral), and the social sciences; is responsible for graduate policies and procedures; and provides services, support, and resources for graduate students in the areas of recruitment and admissions, professional development, wellness, community, financial support, and degree completion. She also oversees the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Moreau Faculty Development Program, and works closely with the vice president for research and the associate deans for graduate education from the University’s colleges and schools.
Vice President and Associate Provost for Innovation
Bryan K. Ritchie
Bryan Ritchie is vice president and Cathy and John Martin Associate Provost for Innovation. Leading the University’s IDEA (Innovation, De-Risking, and Enterprise Acceleration) Center, he works closely with deans, alumni, faculty, and students to promote a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization. His major responsibilities as head of the IDEA Center include directing the University’s technology transfer enterprise as well as Innovation Park at Notre Dame.
Vice President and Associate Provost for Institutional Transformation and Leadership Development
(The Rev.) Hugh R. Page, Jr., Professor of Theology and Africana Studies
Hugh Page is the vice president and associate provost for institutional transformation and leadership development. His major responsibilities include overseeing the Center for Social Concerns, the Notre Dame Scholars’ Program, Notre Dame Learning, the Transformational Leaders Program, the TRiO Programs, and domestic gateways. He also furthers campus conversation on issues related to diversity and leadership development.
Vice President and Associate Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives
Rev. Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Political Science
Father Bob Dowd is the vice president and associate provost for interdisciplinary initiatives. He oversees the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, iNDustry Labs, the Institute for Educational Initiatives, the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society, the McGrath Institute for Church Life, the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center, the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, the ROTC programs, and the Snite Museum of Art. He also directs the approval and review process of institutes and centers more generally.
Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization
Michael E. Pippenger
Michael Pippenger is the vice president and associate provost for internationalization. His major responsibilities include advising University leadership on global strategies and overseeing Notre Dame International, which leads efforts to broaden Notre Dame’s international culture, programs, reach, and reputation through study abroad, expanded international research, international collaborative projects, and strategic relationships with global partners. Pippenger also directs the ongoing academic and operational development of Notre Dame’s Global Gateways.
Vice President and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs
Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Theology and Global Affairs
Father Dan Groody is the vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs. His major responsibilities include advancing undergraduate teaching, research, and outreach as well as overseeing Academic Services for Student-Athletes, the Center for University Advising, the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, the Moreau First Year Experience course, and the work of the Core Curriculum Committee. He also provides leadership for the student accommodations process and chairs the Advisory Committee on the Academic Code and Policy (ACACP), the University Committee on the Honor Code (UCHC), and the Valedictorian and Salutatorian Selection Committee.
Associate Provost and Chief Academic Digital Officer
Elliott Visconsi, Associate Professor of English
Elliott Visconsi is associate provost and chief academic digital officer. In this role, he leverages the resources of Notre Dame Learning (composed of the Office of Digital Learning and the Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence) to lead the University’s approach to innovative learning strategies. Starting in March 2020, Visconsi chaired the Faculty Task Force on Instructional Continuity, guiding the University-wide pivot to emergency remote teaching and learning in response to the pandemic, and he has continued to play a lead role in adapting these technologies and strategies to support on-campus instruction.
Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives
Jim W. Morrison
Jim Morrison is associate provost for strategic initiatives. He oversees the Moment to See, Courage to Act initiative, which will inform the academy’s strategic planning efforts, along with other initiatives, such as ND Health and LifetimeND. He also acts as the liaison between the Development Office and the Office of the Provost.
Vice President for Research
Robert J. Bernhard, Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Bob Bernhard is the vice president for research. In this capacity, he leads the University’s research infrastructure and support programs for all disciplines of research and scholarship. He is also responsible for stewardship of the University’s strategic research initiatives.
Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Enrollment
Donald C. Bishop
Don Bishop is the associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment. He leads the University’s Enrollment Division, which houses several units that serve students from the beginning of their college search to their final year on campus. These include the Offices of Pre-College Programs, Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and Student Employment.