Welcome to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Office
The Division of Academic Affairs creates, supports, and enhances a faculty-driven and student-centered academic environment which frames the University’s mission and vision. The Office of the Provost provides academic leadership and oversight that supports excellence in faculty teaching, research, and creative endeavors, provides support for the Student Experience, and cultivates growing relationships with advisory committees, industry partners, and community connections. It facilitates the establishment of programs, policies, procedures, and standards for the selection, evaluation, and development of faculty and staff, the review of academic programs, and the support of the University strategic plan in accomplishing the University’s mission and academic goals.
Academic Affairs coordinates the University’s various colleges, programs, and services to maintain a coherent institutional perspective, and to ensure that the needs and character of individual programs are addressed within the institutional framework
Northwestern State University’s Graduate School maintains as its mission and purpose to develop, provide, and support innovative, responsive, and accessible graduate programs of the highest quality. The Graduate School encourages mastery of disciplinary literature, innovative research, and professional development and practice opportunities. It further supports research by members of its scholarly community. The Graduate School is a source of intellectual capital for the University and contributes to the public welfare of the region, state, and nation.
The Dean of the Graduate School, along with the Graduate Council supervises graduate study at Northwestern State University. All correspondence should be addressed to the Office of the Dean. You may also contact the office via e-mail.
The University Recruiting Office serves as an entry point for prospective graduate students to begin the application and enrollment processes. The assistant director of university recruiting for graduate & adult studies may be contacted by phone at 318.357.5851 or via e-mail at Grad_School@nsula.edu. Visit the graduate school website at https://graduateschool.nsula.edu/ for more information.
Dr. Greg Handel, D.M.A.
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Graduate School
In addition to being the largest of the colleges at the university, COAS is also one of the most diverse. Its two large Schools (the School of Creative and Performing Arts and the School of Biological and Physical Sciences) bookend the state’s designated honor’s college and the departments that complete the liberal arts and sciences experience at Northwestern State. Our diversity is illustrated by the breadth of the degrees and concentrations we offer, the activities we present, the outreach we complete, and the courses we provide.
The faculty of the COAS teach the core liberal arts curriculum for all undergraduate students at the University regardless of their major. Through this core curriculum, we improve students’ writing and speaking, expand students’ aptitude in mathematics and its applications, strengthen students’ understanding of the biological, physical, social, and behavioral sciences, and develop their appreciation and knowledge of the arts and humanities. We believe that this knowledge and abilities are essential to all college graduates. We invite you to explore the many wonderful opportunities provided within the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Gallaspy Family College of Education & Human Development (GCEHD) is committed to working collaboratively to acquire, create, & disseminate knowledge to Northwestern students through transformational, high impact experiential learning practices, research, & service. The College produces knowledgeable, inspired, and innovative graduates ready for lifelong learning who contribute to the communities in which they reside and professions they serve. All academic units within GCEHD are service-focused and include the School of Education and Departments of Health and Human Performance, Military Science, Psychology, and Social Work.
Additionally, the GCEHD includes units supportive of both academic departments and communities around our campuses including the Marie Shaw Dunn Child Development Center, NSU Elementary Laboratory School, NSU Middle Laboratory School, and the NSU Child and Family Network. These schools and support units assist children, parents, and educators as they learn and develop.
Distinguished faculty, staff, and administrators form a community of current practitioners who successfully integrate professional preparation, technology, and research into opportunities for students to become the next generation of leaders and innovators in their respective fields. Our faculty maintain in-depth professional knowledge, current research, and respect for the communities they serve. The GCEHD has forged partnerships with community agencies, school systems, other postsecondary educational institutions, and community-based organizations through our undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, and continues to be engaged in collaborative efforts in pursuit of our mission. We invite you to explore the opportunities found within the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development.
The School of Allied Health at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is dedicated to providing high quality undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare individuals for a variety of professional healthcare roles and to be conscientious, contributing members of their profession and society. Radiologic Sciences is a healthcare profession combining state-of-the-art technology and imaging techniques with human compassion to provide a rewarding career. Through the use of ionizing radiation, radiologic technologists produce diagnostic images used for the diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury. As professionals, radiographers are required to observe the ethical and professional standards expected of all persons involved in caring for patients in health care settings