Office of the Provost

Providing leadership for academic excellence at Concordia University Irvine

Welcome from the Provost

Welcome to the website of the Office of the Provost, which has been created as a source of information and resources for Concordia University Irvine faculty and those who would like to learn about the many facets of the academic enterprise at Concordia University Irvine. Beyond providing resources and information, this Provost site is also a place to highlight the outstanding work being done by university faculty, programs, departments, colleges, and schools.


About the Office

The Senior Vice President and Provost is the chief academic officer of the University with responsibility for guiding the academic development and direction of the institution in accordance with the University's mission.

Concordia University Irvine, guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions, empowers students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service and leadership.

The Provost's Office has primary responsibility for implementation of the University's strategic plan and serves as liaison with other University divisions in strategic and long-range planning. The Provost's Office has budgetary responsibility for campus academic programs and resources and oversees the development, review, and implementation of all academic policies and regulations.

If we can provide further information, please contact us:

Rev. Dr. Scott Ashmon
Senior Vice President, Provost
Concordia University Irvine
1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612
Grimm Hall 316
(949) 214-3735

Academic Oversight

The deans of the six academic colleges and schools report to the Provost.

Other major academic administrative offices that report to the Provost include:

The Office of the Provost also leads searches, hiring, development, rank and contract processes; oversees the academic governance of the institution; oversees the accreditation process; and leads the development of new academic programs from inception to accreditation.

Faculty Spotlight:
Bret Taylor

The School of Arts and Sciences has a new dean at the helm, Dr. Bret Taylor. In accepting the call to serve as dean, Dr. Taylor commented: “I am humbled by the commitment of our faculty to helping our students come to an understanding of truth, goodness, and beauty in various forms and through various content, but ultimately through Jesus Christ, and I look forward to assisting them and their students in meeting the highest standards of excellence and faithfulness.”

Academic Spotlight:
Enduring Questions & Ideas

CUI’s ground-breaking Core curriculum, introduced in 2010, did so much to elevate academic performance and campus conversations that the University has restructured its general education courses in a significant and similar way. The result is CUI’s signature Enduring Questions & Ideas (Q&I) curriculum which takes big questions—such as “What is liberty?” “Who am I and who are they?” and “Who do you say that I am?”—and makes them the focus of each general education course.

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