Kenneth Walsh, an associate professor of management, has been selected as the University of New Orleans’ first Provost’s Fellow for the spring 2016 semester. The program was instituted by John Nicklow, who began his role as UNO provost and vice president for academic affairs on July 1. According to Nicklow, the Provost’s Fellow program provides academic leadership experience and skills development to a faculty member with a potential interest in academic administration.
“It is a great opportunity to test the waters, so to speak, with respect to a career in administration, without having to jump in entirely,” Nicklow said. “Additionally it brings some new insight, perspective and skills to the Office of Academic Affairs and the administration.”
The provost, in consultation with the president, selects the Provost’s Fellow based on area of interest, demonstrated leadership potential and the needs of the University at the time of the selection.
Walsh, a faculty member in the College of Business Administration, specializes in management information systems. He was previously a senior systems analyst at Exxon Corporation, where he developed database software for oil well support, maintenance and other management applications. His research interests include network computing models, structured modeling group support systems, Internet support for education and applications of virtual reality technology. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.
“Dr. Walsh was selected based on his interest in administration and his focus on distance learning opportunities,” Nicklow said. “His interests are well aligned with institutional opportunities, and he has the opportunity to really assist us as we engage in growing a supplemental online enterprise at UNO.”
A new fellow will be selected by April 1 for the fall 2016 semester.