The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs is part of the Provost’s central academic operations team. Our most important role is to serve the faculty of Rice in all dimensions of their work.
Responsibilities of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs include working with departments and deans to foster an inclusive culture that sustains a productive and diverse faculty and that exemplifies the principles of shared governance; collaborating with the Faculty Senate in the development of faculty policies and academic programs; overseeing faculty career development programs; working with department chairs; and developing and overseeing processes for academic program review.
The Vice Provost for Academic Affairs is the administration’s liaison with the Faculty Senate and the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees and works closely with the other vice provosts, deans, department chairs, and the Faculty Senate leadership to implement projects of importance to the faculty and the academic mission of the university.
Resources for Faculty Searches
RICEWorks for Faculty Hiring The new faculty version of RICEWorks is now live and ready for use! This tool facilitates the hiring process from position posting though hiring proposal and approvals. All tenured and tenure track postings must now be processed through RICEWorks, with specifc exceptions, per the Provost's Faculty Recruitment Authorization letters to the deans in the summer of 2016. Searches for non-tenure track faculty are also possible through the system. Contact usto initiate a search and check out our new hiring page and RICEWorks FAQ.
FARIS (Faculty and Researcher Information System), powered by Converis, a product of Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), was chosen following an intensive investigation with significant faculty input (see here for more information).
One of the chief benefits of FARIS is integration with Banner and other campus systems, so that much information that used to be manually entered for faculty annual reports will now be pulled in automatically, such as titles, rank history, additional appointments, courses taught, and research proposals and grants. In addition, the system will do weekly searches of major journal databases and pull in any new publications found for faculty members to associate with their record. For more information on system benefits, see here.
FARIS went live on November 8, 2016, in time for 2016 annual reports to be done in the new system. The former FIS remained an option for the 2016 annual reports. Approximately 48% of the faculty submitted their reports in FARIS. The migration of legacy data from the old FIS will be completed by the end of March, 2017.For annual reports information, training opportunities, online resources, and the FARIS login, please visit and bookmark this page.