Augusta University Provost Neil MacKinnon sits in chair in his office on the Augusta University Summerville Campus.
Augusta University Provost Neil MacKinnon, PhD

‘Speaking of Higher Ed’ podcast: Augusta University provost shares insights on mentorship, new programs

In episode eight of Speaking of Higher Ed, Neil MacKinnon, PhD,
Augusta University executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, joins in on the higher education conversations.

MacKinnon places a strong emphasis on building connections with faculty, staff and students. He discusses the profound impact such relationships have on the college experience for students.

On the topic of mentorship, he shares personal anecdotes of how mentorship played a pivotal role in shaping his own academic journey. MacKinnon believes a good mentor can help faculty take their career to a new level and aims to facilitate meaningful mentorship opportunities for faculty members at Augusta University.

Fall semester brings the launch of Augusta University Online, which has exceeded enrollment projections. Additionally, there are new and unique degree programs, such as biomedical systems engineering and a new undergraduate degree in neuroscience.

MacKinnon discusses how these initiatives are part of Augusta University’s ongoing efforts to attract students seeking new programs that meet workplace needs.

Additional topics of discussion include the significance of balancing teaching duties alongside research and service commitments for faculty members. MacKinnon also offers insights into the initiatives aimed at tackling the challenge of student retention and enhancing graduation rates.

Listen now to the Speaking of Higher Ed podcast.

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Speaking of Higher Ed is produced by the Center for Instructional Innovation at Augusta University.

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