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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 of implementing the University's academic 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

Other major academic offices and programs that report to the Provost include:  

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

The Office of the Provost also leads faculty searches, hiring, development, rank and contract processes; oversees the academic governance of the institution; collaborates on creating, implementing, and renewing academic programs; and assists with accreditation processes.  

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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.

Academic Accolades

An Annual Report of Academic Accomplishments from CUI's Community

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Faculty Spotlight:
Heather Vezner

Professor Heather Vezner has been named Concordia’s Dean of Education. She first came to Concordia in 2009 as the Field Experience Coordinator and TPA Assistant Coordinator. She has served as Director of Student Teaching and Director of Preliminary Teacher Credential Programs. Prior to coming to Concordia, Professor Vezner was an early childhood educator and administrator, an elementary teacher, and a parent educator for a grant-funded early education program. Professor Vezner has presented at numerous conferences on topics such as literacy development, creative dramatics, music and movement, and early childhood curriculum.

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