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Welcome from the Provost

From my vantage point as Provost, this is an exciting time to be at The University of Memphis. As we enter our second hundred years, the rich heritage of the past still thrives in an atmosphere of innovation, energy and growth. Given our commitment to student success, our focus on maintaining a major research presence in a metropolitan university, the breadth and quality of our academic programs, and the dedication of our superior faculty, we are poised to have a major impact on the quality of higher education well into the 21st century.

We are committed to ensuring quality, rigorous academic programs that will challenge you intellectually.  We focus on student retention, accountability of learning outcomes and faculty development. The curriculum and culture uniquely address each area of our mission preparing learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible students by providing an academically challenging curriculum. As our mission statement reflects, “The University of Memphis is a learner-centered metropolitan research university providing high quality educational experiences while pursuing new knowledge through research, artistic expression, and interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship.”

Our ability to deliver the curriculum effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is essential, with a firm commitment to rigor and excellence.  We will continue efforts to improve retention and graduation while thinking strategically and creatively about innovative and interdisciplinary approaches.  We need to continue efforts to grow our Lambuth campus as well.  We cannot slow our efforts to grow research, scholarship, and creative activity–rather we need to make smart investments during this period.

The U of M is a collaborative community of students, staff, and faculty, all dedicated to one goal: developing innovative leaders in their varying fields of endeavor, and equipping those leaders with the skills that can make a tangible difference in their life, their work, and their world.  We have a commitment to build an environment in which faculty can perform their best scholarship and research and engage students through teaching and mentoring, as well as one in which students become prepared for a world in which ongoing learning will be a requisite for success.

I am profoundly confident in our ability to be innovative and creative and to meet the needs of our students in an efficient and effective fashion. Core to our mission is an obligation to help our students not only successfully complete their degrees and launch their futures, but also overcome potential barriers to success. Much of our recent energy is dedicated to launching efforts to reward our students directly and in meaningful ways for degree progression, lowering costs, reducing debt burden, improving efficiency, and helping make degree completion a reality.  At The University of Memphis we have a compulsion for student success.

Our purpose is to help you find yours.

About the Provost

M. David Rudd is Provost at the University of Memphis. He also continues his affiliation with the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah, as co-founder and scientific director.  Dr. Rudd received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia.  Prior to moving to Memphis, he was dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Science at the University of Utah.  He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (National Academies of Science) committee for the Assessment of Resiliency and Prevention Programs for Mental and Behavioral Health in Service Members and their Families.

His research focuses on clinical suicidology and cognitive therapy, as well as ethics and regulatory issues in psychology. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of three professional societies, including the American Psychological Association (Division 12 and Division 29), the International Association of Suicide Research, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (a founding fellow). He was recently elected a Distinguished Practitioner and Scholar of the National Academies of Practice in Psychology. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Rudd is an active researcher with approximately 200 publications. Dr. Rudd serves on a number of editorial boards, is past Chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, past President of the Texas Psychological Association, past President of Division 12 Section VII of the American Psychological Association, past Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology, a previous members of the APA Council of Representatives, and currently serves on the board of the PDV Foundation. Dr. Rudd has testified seven times before the U.S. Congress, both House and Senate, on issues related to veterans and suicide.


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