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Academic Affairs

Message from the Provost

Ellen DurninOn behalf of Southern Connecticut State University’s Office of Academic Affairs, I extend my warmest greetings!

SCSU’s Academic Affairs is comprised of the institution’s five academic schools (Education, Business, Health and Human Services, Arts and Sciences, and Graduate Studies), as well as the Buley Library, International Education, Special Academic Programs and Sessions, Institutional Effectiveness, Academic Technologies, STEM Innovation and Leadership, and Sponsored Programs and Research.  At the center of each of these divisions is a focus on and commitment to student success.

Created originally as a teachers’ college, SCSU celebrates a long and proud history of preparing exceptional educators and professionals for our local communities and for the state.  A state leader in the areas of Education, Health/Life Sciences, and Social/Public Services, SCSU enrolls the highest number of graduate students within the Connecticut State University System.  With over 114 undergraduate and graduate programs from which to choose, Southern’s students are provided with exciting academic options that are professionally fulfilling and which directly serve the needs of our communities and emerging industries in our state.

What makes Southern special and unique?  It all starts with you—our future and current students, alumni, faculty, and staff who are focused on SCSU’s mission and commitment to “academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good.”  At Southern, students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels have the opportunity to engage with faculty in cutting-edge research, expand horizons through study abroad, apply what is learned in the classroom through focused internships and clinical experiences, participate in Southern’s vibrant performing arts, positively impact the community through volunteering, and take the lead in efforts related to sustainability.  Courses are taught by faculty teacher-scholars who are leaders in their disciplines and innovators in the classroom.  With exciting opportunities to engage with faculty and peers in Southern’s centers and institutes, including the Werth Center for Coastal and Marine Studies, Center for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Education, ConnSCU Center for Nanotechnology, and Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, the future possibilities are endless for Southern’s students.

I look forward to working with you in fulfilling Southern’s mission of “pursuing excellence, fostering leadership, and empowering communities.”

Warmest regards,

Ellen D. Durnin, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is located in Engleman Hall, Room A 210.  For information, call (203) 392-5350.