Texas Tech University

Office of the Provost


The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President is charged with developing, implementing, and reviewing academic policies and programs. The Provost serves as the chief academic officer of the university. The office coordinates academic deans and directors and informs and advises the President on academic matters. The office is responsible for academic personnel and budgetary matters, including support areas such as the Libraries; the Graduate School; the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center; Texas Tech Worldwide eLearning; International Affairs; Institutional Effectiveness; the Museum of Texas Tech University; the National Ranching Heritage Center; and Official Publications. The Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs also reports to the Provost.

Academic Structure

The principal administrative officer of each of the colleges and schools of the university is the dean. Faculty are assigned to each college and school except the Graduate School. The Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, Human Sciences, Media and Communication, and Visual and Performing Arts are organized into instructional departments or divisions administered by chairpersons. The organizational pattern for the Rawls College of Business includes areas of instruction. The College of Architecture, Honors College, and School of Law are organized as single units.

Department chairpersons and area coordinators are recommended by the dean of the appropriate college and appointed by the Provost. They serve in their administrative roles without tenure and at the discretion of the dean. The dean reviews chairpersons annually.

Each department chairperson and area coordinator, in cooperation with the faculty, is responsible for supervising the activities of the department, developing curriculum, advising students, preparing department budget requests, evaluating the performance of the faculty and staff on an annual basis, recommending tenure and promotion, recommending merit increases and post-tenure reviews, initiating appointment recommendations (OPs 32.03, 32.06, 32.32).

Provost's Council

The Provost's Council serves as a policy forming body and makes recommendations on university matters. The Provost's Council provides leadership in all areas of academic interest in the university.

Membership on the Council is composed of the Provost; the Vice Presidents for Research and Administration and Finance; academic deans; deans of the library and law school; presidents of the Faculty Senate and Staff Senate; and the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement. Vice Provost's are ex officio members.

Academic Council

The Academic Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Provost on matters related to academic policies and procedures. The council considers requests for changes to existing or the addition of new degree programs and recommends course additions, changes, and deletions. The council also considers matters of enrollment management, recruitment and retention, off-campus and distance education, core curriculum, faculty development, and academic services.

The Academic Council is composed of the Senior Vice Provost, Vice Provosts, Associate Vice Provosts, the Vice President of the Faculty Senate, associate deans from each school and college and the Libraries, the Registrar, the directors of Institutional Research and Official Publications, and a representative from the Student Government Association. Directors of various academic support offices and programs also attend council meetings.

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Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate is composed of senators representing the voting faculty of Texas Tech University. The voting faculty are those who have completed at least one year in a full-time appointment in a tenure-track or tenured position, including librarians and archivists who hold appointments that make them eligible for tenure. Membership of the Faculty Senate includes one senator for each twenty voting faculty members or fraction thereof from each college or school, but not fewer than two senators, and nine additional senators at-large. Members may not hold administrative positions higher than department chair. The Senate elects a president, vice president, and secretary from its membership to serve terms of one year.

The Faculty Senate acts on behalf of the faculty and serves as an advisory body to the President of the university and may consider all matters of university concern. Any member of the university community may bring a matter of university concern to the attention of the Senate. The Senate may make recommendations to the President of the university concerning the academic functions of the university, academic freedom, and other matters pertaining to the welfare of the university, particularly those of special interest to the faculty. If the President of the university chooses not to follow a recommendation of the Faculty Senate, the President shall inform the Senate in writing of the reasons and, on request of the Senate, the President shall meet with the Senate for discussion of the matter.

The Texas Tech University Faculty Senate is a member of the Council of Faculty Governance Organizations.

Graduate Affairs

The Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs and Graduate Dean is responsible for coordinating graduate admissions, programs, advising, and events of Texas Tech University. The Graduate School administers policies related to graduate faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows, and provides professional development opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows..

Graduate FacultyGraduate Faculty are responsible for the graduate instruction of the university. Members participate in all phases of the graduate program, assist in determining policy, and elect members to the Graduate Council. Membership is a means of recognizing faculty members for scholarly activities, creativity, direction of graduate research and study, and other contributions to the graduate programs of the university. University-wide criteria for graduate faculty membership are as follows: (1) Possession of the terminal academic degree in the field or recognition for substantive and distinctive contributions to the discipline involved. (2) Evidence of current interest and involvement in scholarly research and/or creative productivity. (3) Successful experience in the teaching, counseling, and/or direction of students at the graduate level.

Graduate Council – The Graduate Council, assisted by the graduate faculty, is responsible for formulating the policies of the Graduate School and the requirements for graduate degrees. These policies are administered by the Graduate Dean.

The Graduate Council is composed of ten members elected by the graduate faculty and two members appointed by the Graduate Dean, with representation from each college, plus one graduate faculty member chosen by the Faculty Senate to represent that body. The Graduate Dean is ex officio chairperson of the council; associate and assistant deans are ex officio and nonvoting members as is the Provost or a designated representative, the Dean of Libraries, and a representative from the Health Sciences Center.

Elective members serve three years and are not eligible for immediate reelection unless they have been chosen to fill an unexpired term. Appointive members serve two years. By a system of rotation, some new members join the council each year, replacing those whose terms have expired. The President of the Graduate and Professional Student Association serves as a nonvoting representative of the graduate students.

Faculty Ombuds

The Office of the Faculty Ombudsperson acts as an independent, impartial, confidential, and informal resource for faculty who are dealing with any work-related difficulty including interpersonal conflict or academic or administrative concerns. The faculty ombudsperson advises both the Provost and the President of the Faculty Senate on matters concerning faculty welfare.

University Councils and Committees

Standing councils and committees are appointed to serve the needs and interests of Texas Tech University. These bodies, most of which have faculty, student, and administrative representation, are an important element in the effective functioning of the institution. The collective ability, knowledge, and competency of council and committee members are an invaluable resource to the administration. By their membership on university councils and committees, faculty members participate in and contribute substantially to the activities and operations of the university, especially in academic affairs.

Councils and committees are advisory bodies, unless specifically charged with other responsibilities. It is not intended that they assume the authority and responsibility assigned to offices within the administrative structure of the university. Ideas and suggestions from these bodies are, however, of great value to administrators in their continuing efforts to improve operations of the institution and in broadening the base for decision making. In addition to contributing to the orderly and objective administration of the university, councils and committees afford the members an opportunity to participate in the governance process, to enhance their personal and professional growth, and to broaden their knowledge of the operations and activities of the institution.

Details of the councils and committees are contained in the Directory of Standing Councils and Committees, which is available online at www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/councilscmtes/index.php. The directory should be consulted for the latest and most accurate information on councils and committees because membership, responsibilities, and administrative procedures, are subject to change. Each entry in the directory specifies how a council or committee membership is determined.

In addition, the Faculty and Staff Senates have standing committees, but they are not standing committees of the university. They are listed below as a matter of information and for convenience of reference by the faculty and staff.

Faculty Senate Standing Committees

  • Faculty Senate
  • Academic Programs Committee
  • Budget Study Committee
  • Faculty Status and Welfare Committee
  • Committee on Committees
  • Study Committee A
  • Study Committee B
  • Study Committee C

Staff Senate Standing Committees

  • Executive
  • Bylaws and Constitution Committee
  • Communications and Public Relations Committee
  • Election Committee
  • Grievance Committee
  • Nominations Committee

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