January 17, 2014
The Office of the Provost strengthened its administration in key areas Jan. 17, appointing a vice provost to oversee online and distance learning and an associate vice provost for international initiatives.
Melanie Hart, an associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and interim chair of the Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences, was named vice provost. She will be responsible for the coordination and development of expanded online and distance learning opportunities. Hart also will oversee the university’s academic outreach and educational programs in El Paso, the Hill Country and Junction.
Sukant Misra, associate dean for research in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, was selected as associate vice provost for international initiatives. His priorities include increasing international enrollment, especially at the undergraduate level; promoting international development, research and funding; and promoting a greater integration of matters that affect international academic programs with colleges and departments.
Both Hart and Misra have distinguished themselves as faculty members and administrators over the years.
In addition to serving the university as associate dean and interim chair, Hart is a member of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy and a recipient of the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a Fellow in the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Misra has been associate dean for research in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources since 2002, however, his work experience extends to more than 20 countries. Misra has managed and coordinated large faculty-driven research and educational programs, and he has faculty and administrative colleagues at international institutions.