OGDEN, Utah – James B. Hutchins has been named associate provost at Weber State University.
WSU's Board of Trustees unanimously approved Hutchins' selection at its monthly meeting today. He will assume his new duties at WSU in early July.
"Dr. Hutchins' experiences as a teacher, administrator and researcher will bring innovative approaches to our programs and faculty enrichment opportunities," WSU Provost Mike Vaughan said.
Hutchins comes to WSU from the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he has served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development since 2003. In that role, he worked to promote career development of the faculty for all five schools in the medical center and led a thorough review of its undergraduate medical curriculum. Hutchins first joined the Mississippi school's faculty in 1989 as an assistant professor of anatomy, providing him with extensive teaching experience with both undergraduate and graduate students. He has received several awards for excellence in teaching.
"I'm excited about joining a university with such a strong commitment to undergraduate education," Hutchins said. "I'm impressed by the university's self-awareness and the pride everyone takes in working together to advance the institution."
To underscore that point, Hutchins points to the commendations WSU received from the Northwest Accreditation review last year—which only added to the appeal of the associate provost position.
In his new role at WSU, Hutchins will coordinate assessment, internal program planning, academic program review and external accreditation activities in the Academic Affairs Division. He will supervise several specialized academic programs, including Honors, Bachelors of Integrated Studies and Undergraduate Research. In addition, he will coordinate several internally-funded grant, faculty recognition and award programs.
For the Colorado-raised west Texas native, relocating to Utah offers a chance to return to his Intermountain West roots. In his free time, Hutchins and his wife Rosemary enjoy entering their three Australian Cattle Dogs in agility trials and he's already researched agility competitions along the Wasatch Front.
Hutchins earned his bachelor's degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder; a master's degree in neurobiology from the University of California, Berkeley; and his doctorate in neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University.
Hutchins has published more than 30 articles as well as several book chapters and a book. He has served as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, and National Institute of Mental Health.
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