I am grateful to serve as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Western Michigan University. The institution’s reputation, broad portfolio of programs, and commitment to integrating a student-centered experience with disciplinary discovery in a global context is compelling. Being part of a dedicated leadership team driven to achieve our aspirations brings me to work every day, excited about the possibilities. I believe my contributions in relationship building and collaboration, and leading academic innovation through data-informed insights, assists our academic programs to grow while sustaining our incredible contributions to the higher education landscape.
Over my years as a senior academic administrator, I know nothing sustainable is achieved alone. Building and evaluating a trusted team is paramount. The Office of the Provost works every day to create authentic opportunities for individuals to give feedback and clearly communicate decisions. Our approach can be characterized as “responsive design,” one that is not fixed or singular, but responds appropriately to the complexity at hand. I am most proud when our community of creative faculty, engaged staff, and energized students elevate by joining together.
I am proud to be a Bronco.
Dr. Jennifer P. Bott, provost and vice president for academic affairs, is the chief academic officer and chief administrative officer following the president of Western Michigan University. Her responsibilities include the oversight of all academic policies and activities throughout the university, as well as the development and execution of long-range planning for – and coordination of administrative support functions of – the university’s academic enterprise. She serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and collaborates with senior executive and vice-presidential colleagues to propel the university forward in pursuit of its mission through innovation and strategic risk.
Bott holds academic rank as Professor of Management and has earned a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.
Prior to Bott’s current role at Western Michigan University she served as Dean of the Miller College of Business at Ball State University. During her tenure as Dean, Bott raised over $15,000,000 in gifts and donations to expand the scope of the college’s many programs and initiatives. Before serving as Dean of the Miller College, Bott was Associate Provost at Ball State University leading the Online and Distance Education programs. Duties included oversight and administration of over 60 degrees and nearly 10,000 students. Bott garnered a $1.2 million investment to build the Integrated Learning Institute (iLearn), a faculty development unit housing instructional designers, instructional technologists, and custom asset developers. She also created iLearn Research, a fully self-supporting research institute generating primary research in best practices for online and blended education. The Online programs grew under Bott’s leadership, increasing institutional tuition revenue by $30,000,000.
Bott attained her master’s and doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Akron in 2004. Her research interests center around methodology and statistics to applied business problems as well as pedagogical improvement across modality and discipline.
A well published researcher, Bott has more than 25 published articles in some of the best journals in her field, including Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Small Group Research, and the Journal of Business and Psychology. Her teaching evaluations consistently ranked in the top five percent of her college. She was recognized nationally for innovation in teaching and a frequent recipient of student selected teaching awards. Bott has received many national recognitions including being named a Woman of Influence in 2017 by the Indianapolis Business Journal, receiving the Silver Award, Principal, Major and Special Giving Programs from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the Innovation in Business Education Award from the Midcontinent AACSB Deans Association. In addition, her work as Associate Provost for Learning initiatives led to Ball State being recognized nationally with Institution-Wide Excellence in Online Education by the Online Learning Consortium and for Strategic Innovations in Online Education by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. Bott achieved numerous top 20 rankings in US News and World Report’s Online Program rankings.