Valerie N. Williams, Ph.D., is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). In this role she has responsibility for campus-wide academic affairs, academic integrity and faculty development issues. The Office of VP Academic Affairs and Faculty Development includes Academic Affairs, Admissions and Records, Academic Technology, Faculty Development and Interdisciplinary Programs, and the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library.
A year after joining the OUHSC College of Medicine faculty in 1989 Dr. Williams created the Health Sciences Center Faculty Leadership Program, an interprofessional faculty development and mentoring program. Following nomination, faculty participants representing the six health professions colleges and interdisciplinary graduate college participate in an 11-month program focused on the teaching and research mission and leadership knowledge and skill development. The program is sponsored by the OUHSC Deans and Provost. As program director Dr. Williams has served as a mentor or coach for over 350 OUHSC faculty and over 500 faculty participating in summer institute or nationally sponsored faculty development programs.
The Office of Academic Affairs at the OU Health Sciences Center includes academic program and academic policy oversight. The office hosts the faculty led Academic Program Council, provides admissions data and manages an on campus online application. Student data and reporting is handled through the Office of Institutional Research, and student records are overseen by the HSC Registrar. In addition, Dr. Williams serves as an adviser to the Student Government Association Academic Integrity Council.