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Office of the Provost

The Provost Office serves both internal and external stakeholders and demonstrates its primary commitment to student learning and success, and support of the University’s faculty. The faculty, staff, and administrators in Academic Affairs exhibit collaborative institutional leadership by working with one another to address institutional challenges, establish institutional priorities, and to realize the strategic institutional vision of being recognized as a leader of science and healthcare education and research.  

Jill BarenJill M. Baren, MD, MS, MBA

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

As your new Provost, I began my appointment by communicating with all of you through a faculty-wide message, which I will continue to do on a regular basis. I am reaffirmed on a daily basis that I have chosen to be part of a great organization with a mission that continues to have a significant impact on its students.

I want to thank my academic affairs team, the deans, chairs, and my Cabinet colleagues for investing their time to help with my rapid onboarding to USciences.  I still have much to learn and I plan on spending the next year engaged in continued organizational learning. I appreciate both the historical context and knowledge of the day to day operations of USciences and continue to gain a greater understanding of the people, relationships and culture that define this community. 

Through my early learning agenda, I was able to develop the key priorities and goals [link] and plan on sharing progress toward these goals on a regular basis. Academic Affairs will continue to be challenged by the circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, however, I am confident that the talent and resilience of the faculty will enable us to adapt and excel.


Supporting Faculty, Students and Academic Staff

The Provost Office oversees academic policies and activities that support faculty, students and academic staff, including: 

  • The process of new academic program development
  • Editing and producing the annual USciences Catalog
  • Transfer Credit Evaluation
  • Budget planning, financial modeling, and analyses of costs, operations, and activities of all Academic Affairs departments
  • Manage position budgets and the EAR process and approvals for all Academic Affairs faculty and staff
  • Environmental scans for new and existing academic programs, looking at program-level enrollment, demand and finances
  • Develop pricing strategies for new and existing academic programs
  • Formulate policies, operating procedures, process improvements, efficiencies and goals for Academic Affairs

Other responsibilities include:

  • Faculty administration
  • Promotion and tenure
  • Faculty development, recruitment and retention
  • Annual institutional assessment
  • Institutional research
  • General education
  • Honors program
  • Academic events
  • Compliance and program accreditation
  • Library operations
  • Registrar operations
  • Liaison to the academic affairs committee of the Board of Trust


Patty Notarfrancesco

Office Location:

Whitecar Hall, Suite 2300


University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495