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UHV Humanities Division chair promoted to associate provost

Aug. 11, 2012 at 3:11 a.m.

Uppinder Mehan

A sense of curiosity, along with an excitement about university growth, inspired Uppinder Mehan to apply for the University of Houston-Victoria associate provost job.

After 15 years of full-time teaching, Mehan accepted a leadership role in 2011 in the UHV College of Arts & Sciences as chairman of the Humanities Division. He enjoyed taking on an administrative role and was wondering if he could do more to help the university as a whole.

Mehan was named associate provost by Jeffrey Cass, UHV provost and vice president for academic affairs, after an internal search in consultation with UHV President Phil Castille. Mehan began the new job Aug. 1.

The Provost's Office coordinates academic operations for the university, including formulating policies; appointing, hiring and evaluating faculty members; leading program development and delivery; and overseeing enrollment and student services.

"Dr. Mehan will be a terrific ambassador for UHV both on- and off-campus," Castille said.

In his new position, Mehan will manage academic support units, including research development, the Center for Teaching Innovation and institutional research. He also will review university policies in conjunction with the Faculty Senate and other shared governance entities, and coordinate with various state and federal agencies.

"I think one of the most important things about teaching is that you are always interacting with others," Mehan said. "I've had such a great variety of teaching experiences that I think I have a good sense of how to communicate. What I'm looking forward to in this position is getting to know all of our faculty and staff members."

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