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Provost Andrew Hale Feinstein

Andrew (Andy) Hale Feinstein provides leadership for all academic matters at San Jose State in his role as provost and vice president of academic affairs. As the chief academic officer of the university, he provides support to seven colleges, the College of International and Extended Studies, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and the SJSU Research Foundation.

Feinstein supports more than 32,000 students, 1,700 faculty members, and 200 staff members and administrators, while also overseeing 144 degree programs.

At universities, the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer and is responsible for promoting a rich intellectual life, fostering student success, creating an active learning environment both in the classroom and beyond, enhancing academic research, scholarship, and creative activity, and increasing the diversity of the institution. The provost is responsible for the implementation of academic priorities and for the allocation of resources to support those priorities.

The provost works closely with academic deans, department heads, student services professionals, faculty and staff to provide the highest possible quality of educational programs. An important part of the provost’s job is also to ensure they recruit, retain, encourage and support an outstanding and diverse faculty. The provost and vice president of Academic Affairs reports to the president, serves on the president’s cabinet and represents the campus in the president’s absence.

At San Jose State, working in collaboration with the university’s senior leadership and the Academic Senate, Feinstein oversees the quality of academic programs, faculty instruction and student learning, faculty research and creative activity, academic outreach and community partnerships, strategic planning and budgetary allocations in support of academic priorities.

His Academic Affairs working plan for 2014-16 includes priorities to support those goals: 21st Century Teaching and Learning Spaces; Educational Excellence and Student Experience; and Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity and Professional Development.

Read the November 2015 Academic Spotlight

Emily Chan is one of three university librarians working to archive reference questions.The November 2015 edition features the following stories: Provost Update; Scholarship assists staff in reaching educational goals; Spartan Climate Ride supports Green Ninja; Emeritus and retired faculty aid new educators; Academic division helps Food for Students fund; Subscribe to the Academic Spotlight blog. Read the full November 2015 edition online or download a PDF version.