Rahul Shrivastav, a professor and administrator who has spearheaded transformative changes to the learning environment, has been named vice president for instruction.
Shrivastav, whose appointment is effective Feb. 15, is currently chair of the communicative sciences and disorders department at Michigan State University, where he revised the department’s academic programs, introduced new pedagogical techniques and laid the groundwork for a new online degree program. Under his leadership, student applications to the department increased by 20 percent and private support increased by 25 percent.
“Dr. Shrivastav is dedicated to creating life-changing learning opportunities for students,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten, to whom Shrivastav will report. “He brings an outstanding record of academic leadership, instruction, scholarship and service to this critical position at the University of Georgia.”
Shrivastav joined Michigan State in 2012 as professor and chair of the communicative sciences and disorders department. He developed and implemented a new strategic plan for the department and oversaw significant growth of its academic programs, including expanded opportunities for study abroad and research. In addition, the department established five new laboratories, hired new faculty and dramatically increased its research funding.
“The vice president for instruction plays a major role in our efforts to provide a world-class learning environment for students,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “Dr. Shrivastav possesses the administrative experience, expertise and commitment to student success required to advance teaching and learning at the University of Georgia, and we are excited to welcome him to campus in February.”
Before joining Michigan State, Shrivastav served on the faculty at the University of Florida, where he received the Crow Term Professorship for faculty who excel in scholarship and teaching.
“I am excited about joining the University of Georgia and I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and administration to ensure the success of its students,” Shrivastav said. “UGA is widely recognized for its exceptional students and faculty, and I am honored to have the opportunity to support UGA’s instructional mission.”