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Office of the Provost

The Provost’s Office is committed to creating a culture, structures and processes in which faculty, staff, and students can thrive so that, together, we will accomplish the university’s mission.

Dr. Martin E. Schimpf
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


  • 1910 University Drive
    Administration Building
    Suite 202
    Boise, Idaho 83725-1001

    Telephone: (208) 426-1202
    Fax: (208) 426-4888
    email: provost@boisestate.edu

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  • Biography

    Dr. Martin Schimpf joined the faculty at Boise State University in 1990. He has held several administrative appointments at the University, including Chair of Chemistry, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dean of Arts and Sciences. He currently serves as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, a position he has held since 2010. Dr. Schimpf holds degrees in chemistry from the University of Washington and the University of Utah. His interdisciplinary research on thermophoresis and the characterization of nanomaterials has led to more than 80 internationally distributed publications in the scientific literature.

  • What is a Provost?

    The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the senior academic officer for the university campus. The Provost oversees all academic activities, including academic personnel, budgets, programs and priorities. She/he ensures the quality of the faculty and student body by providing leadership in matters related to academic programs and policies, promotion and tenure, faculty recognition, library, university outreach, student retention, academic support services, the Honors College, Institutional Research, Service Learning, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and International Programs. The deans and leaders of academic administrative units report to the Provost.

  • The President of the University charges the Provost with a variety of responsibilities, including:

    » Academic quality and student success
    » Ensuring a positive learning and working environment
    » Implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan
    » Institutional accreditation and accountability
    » Recruiting and maintaining a top-quality faculty
    » Managing academic appointments, searches, tenure, and promotion
    » Leading the university’s internationalization efforts