I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Waters, associate dean for undergraduate education in the School of Public Affairs, as vice provost for undergraduate studies.
two-time AU alumna (BA/JD), Waters began teaching as an adjunct
professor in the Washington College of Law after working as a litigator,
judicial clerk, and communications coordinator. She joined the SPA
faculty as an assistant professor and was later appointed as the first
director of the Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars Program, eventually
serving as the associate dean for undergraduate education. Waters’
scholarly work focuses on reproductive rights, and particularly the
intersection of reproductive rights and religious liberty.
brings a wealth of experience in undergraduate education to the vice
provost position. Within SPA, Waters spearheaded major curriculum
revisions, restructured undergraduate advising, and led the creation of
the SPA Honors Program. She has served on many school-based and
university-wide committees and is currently an integral member of the
General Education Task Force, RiSE Task Force, and Sexual Assault
Working Group. Often engaged with students outside the classroom, Waters
served at their request as the first coach for the AU Mock Trial Team.
As coach, she led the team to a 4th place national championship victory.
For her teaching and work
with students, Waters was awarded the University Faculty Award for
Outstanding Teaching in a Term Faculty Appointment, two SPA teaching
awards, and the Chair’s Award for Exemplary service. She is also a
two-time recipient of the Women and Politics Institute Alice Paul Award.
Waters is also committed to work within the community, and has served
as chair of the Children’s Law Center Advisory Board for the past four
As vice provost for
undergraduate studies, Waters will oversee the General Education,
University College, AU Honors, AU Scholars, Frederick Douglass
Distinguished Scholars, and the Community Based Research Scholars
programs. She will also coordinate implementation of the Academic
Integrity Code (AIC) and the Undergraduate Academic Regulations,
including handling exceptions and appeals on behalf of the provost. As
chair of the Academic Associate Deans’ Meeting and co-chair of the
University Experience Council, Waters will work closely with key
university stakeholders on student retention, academic processes, and
Designate Waters’ experience as a faculty member, administrator, and an
AU student, in addition to her devotion to students and process
improvement, provide her with advantageous insight for an
undergraduate-focused position of this kind. Please join me in
congratulating Jessica Waters on this exciting appointment, which will
begin on July 1, 2016.
want to thank the search committee, led by former Faculty Senate Chair
Lacey Wooten, for its assistance in the selection process as well as
acknowledge the important role Lyn Stallings provided over the past five