Provost Jim Coleman

Provost Coleman

Jim Coleman became the provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of biological sciences at the University of Arkansas on Jan. 1, 2017. He is a plant physiological ecologist and academic administrator with a broad background that crosses multiple disciplines.

As the chief academic officer of the university, he is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the University of Arkansas’ strategic plan and oversight of all of the university’s academic operations. The units reporting to the provost include colleges and schools, academic units and several administrative units.

Before coming to the University of Arkansas he served as the provost and professor of biology at Northern Arizona University, dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences and biology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, vice provost for research and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Rice University, vice chancellor for research and biology professor at the University of Missouri and vice president for research and business development and professor of earth and ecosystem sciences at the Desert Research Institute. He served as program officer for ecological and evolutionary physiology at the National Science Foundation and began his career as assistant and then associate professor of biology at Syracuse University.

Jim earned his Doctor of Philosophy from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as a Master of Philosophy and Master of Science. He received his Bachelor of Science in forestry from the University of Maine and conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford and Harvard universities. He has authored or co-authored more than 75 papers that together have been cited over 7,000 times, including two papers in the journal Nature. He has been principal or co-principal investigator on over $40 million of grants and cooperative agreements.