A Conversation with Craig Kennedy, UConn’s New Provost

Campus Life – UConn Today

Although he’s not an incoming freshman, UConn Provost Craig H. Kennedy will be sharing many first-time experiences with them this week, as he starts his first full academic year in his post.
Kennedy joined UConn in April as its new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, coming to Storrs from the University of Georgia, where he was dean of the College of Education.
Kennedy immersed himself immediately in the task of getting to know people throughout UConn, welcoming their questions and soliciting their ideas. He says it solidified what he already believed when he joined UConn: that the University is at a pivotal time in its history, with a range of opportunities available to help cultivate success in its faculty, students, and the state as a whole.
The provost is the University’s top academic officer, directing the schools and colleges throughout the UConn system and working with others on his team to guide student learning, faculty hiring and development, and the University’s overall academic mission.
Among his many duties this week, Kennedy welcomes new faculty Thursday to their daylong orientation; joins Student Affairs officials to greet new students’ families Friday; dines with UConn tour guides to thank them for their work; and many other events, as he becomes an increasingly familiar face on campus.
Kennedy hails from southern California, earning his BA in psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his MS in special education from the University of Oregon. He returned to UC-Santa Barbara to earn his Ph.D. in education.
Kennedy’s scholarship focuses on autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities, and he was an early scholar in a once-limited area that is now booming with research in psychology, neuroscience, and other related disciplines. His work has resulted in more than 150 scholarly articles, and has been supported by $16 million in extramural funding …

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