Academic Affairs

The Division of Academic Affairs delivers high-quality academic programs and provides smooth pathways to degree completion.

Meet the Provost

EWU Provost Jonathan Anderson holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Seattle Pacific University and is a licensed psychologist in Washington State, specializing in neuropsychology and traumatic brain disorders. Since joining the Eastern faculty in 2006, he has taken on several administrative roles, first as chair of the Department of Psychology, where he provided oversight for multiple undergraduate and graduate programs, including two with external programmatic accreditation. He subsequently served as associate dean of the former College of Social Sciences from 2014 through 2016, and from 2017 through 2021 he served as dean of that college initially, then both the College of Social Sciences and the College of Business and finally the newly combined College of Professional Programs, earning the respect of faculty and staff during this period for his highly capable and fair leadership style. He is the recipient of multiple outstanding faculty awards in research, teaching and service, including Professor of the Year in 2012, the President’s Award in 2012 and the Dean’s Outstanding Service Award in 2013.

Provost’s Responsibilities

The Provost is Eastern Washington University’s chief academic officer, reporting directly to the President of the University. The Provost oversees all academic affairs, including graduate and undergraduate academic programs and academic support programs. The Provost oversees budget allocations, planning, development, and improvement of all academic programs. While the President and Provost confer regularly in setting overall academic priorities, the President focuses their attention more on external constituencies. The Provost attends to the day-to-day functioning of the university. The Provost is responsible for implementing the University’s strategic plan and ensures our responsiveness to cultural, economic, societal and governmental changes that have affected Eastern Washington University.

The Provost meets with the Deans of each college to discuss academic policy and priorities and addresses the needs of the colleges and campus as a whole. 

*Adapted from University of Tennessee Knoxville, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Santa Clara University

Students & Faculty

The Provost sets guidelines and requirements with regard to admissions and financial aid working to ensure student retention and timely graduation. In regard to curriculum and education, the Provost works with the deans, associate deans, department chairs, and faculty. The Provost works closely with the Faculty Organization and Faculty Senate in the spirit of shared governance.



The Vice-Provost of Academic Affairs; Assistant Vice Provost of Academic Affairs; Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management; Associate Vice President of Student Success, Academic Policy & Planning; Executive Director, Institutional Effectiveness; Senior Financial Director; and Executive Assistant all report to and assist the Provost in their duties. 

Who Reports to the Provost?

The four academic colleges along with the functional areas, Enrollment Management,  Student Success, Planning & Policy, Office of Grants, Research & Development, and Institutional Effectiveness all report to the provost.

Student Travel Awards

In the interest of supporting EWU students who will present papers or posters at conferences or other professional workshops, the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs offers a limited number of travel awards annually.


Other Opportunities