John Cardinal Newman, the English churchman and educator, once proclaimed: "The faculty is the university." From today's standpoint this may be seen an exaggeration, as staff members contribute significantly to the life of a university and the (co-curricular) education of students. At the same time, when students enroll at Whitworth University, they often associate the university with their highly dedicated and talented professors who, in many cases, also become their mentors.
The office of academic affairs aims to enable and support Whitworth's faculty in carrying out the university's mission of providing "its diverse student body an education of the mind and the heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity." As Christian teacher-scholars, professors at Whitworth explore the intersection of faith and learning on a continued basis. With their students they reflect on how Christian faith informs the way they see the world. Our faculty provide an academically rigorous Christian liberal arts education and do not shy away from asking difficult questions. In teaching our diverse students, our faculty stress the importance of intercultural humility, civic engagement, and anti-racist thinking and behavior.
In order for students to learn successfully, the office of academic affairs assists students in creating effective course schedules. We work with faculty in broadening the scope of their curricula, exploring and implementing new degree programs, and developing inclusive excellence. Please reach out to me if you have any questions related to academic affairs at Whitworth University.
Provost & Executive Vice President