Dean, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
Professor of Public Policy & Administration
Dr. Osgood serves as the principal deputy to the Provost and represents her to the university community. As Vice Provost, he advises the Provost on a wide range of matters of institutional importance, including operational and strategic planning. As the Provost’s second, he is responsible for maintaining meaningful relationships with the president, other vice presidents, and deans. The Vice Provost plays a critical role in promoting shared governance as a member of Deans’, Academic Affairs and President’s Councils, and the Curriculum and Academic Policies Council. As Vice Provost, Dr. Osgood supports and provides leadership for the Office of Institutional Research, the Teaching Learning and Assessment Center, the University’s Libraries, and the division of Undergraduate Studies and Student Support Services.
Dr. Osgood has primary responsibility for providing leadership in the areas of academic program and policy development, accreditation, assessment, faculty and staff development, program review, and serves as liaison with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.
Additionally, Dr. Osgood serves as Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, which includes the Office of Graduate Studies, the Honors College, and key university-wide academic programs that are interdisciplinary in nature. He is responsible for the strategic growth of graduate enrollment and the development of new graduate programs and the maintenance of graduate policies.
Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs (Interim)
Dr. Scott Heinerichs reports directly to the Vice Provost and provides leadership in creating consistent and effective regional and specialized accreditation interactions and supporting strategic plan activities within Academic Affairs. He also supports faculty and staff in the oversight and evaluation of assessment plans to ensure uniformity in the assurance of student learning outcomes. Dr. Heinerichs has direct responsibility for the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center (TLAC). The TLAC provides resources for the daily work of teaching, learning, and assessment by faculty and staff and contains various faculty development committees for which Dr. Heinerichs provides directoversight (Committee of Excellence on Learning and Teaching, Faculty Mentoring, New Faculty Orientation, and University Assessment Advisory Committee).
Dr. Heinerichs is an Associate Professor of Sports Medicine and has experience in curriculum development and student learning outcomes. He has published in the areas of educational outcomes assessment and the clinical education of athletic training students. He holds a doctorate in higher education academic leadership and a master of arts in teaching. Dr. Heinerichs served as Faculty Associate for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment for the last three years within the office of the Vice Provost.
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs (Interim)
Dr. Jen Bacon is a professor of English and chair of the Department of English. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Budget Review Committee. She is a member of the Academics Theme Team, the Strategic Planning Assessment and Advocacy Committee, the LGBTQ Advocacy Committee, and the Women's and Gender Studies Steering Committee. During her 16 years at West Chester, she has also served as Assistant Chair of English, as Director of Women's and Gender Studies, and as a member of our local APSCUF Executive Committee and Meet and Discuss teams, and as a member of the President's Commission on the Status of Women, the AYM Task Force, and University Forum.
Associate Provost for Student Success(Interim)
Professor of Psychology
As the Interim Associate Provost for Student Success, Dr. Rieser-Danner serves as the Provost’s liaison to a wide variety of student success efforts and programs across campus. She is working to create a centralized location for campus-wide student success information and to link the student success efforts of multiple divisions across campus, particularly those of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. She is working with representatives of multiple university offices and divisions to develop models for predicting student success using existing tools and data and to identify specific groups of students in need of support services to improve academic success. She is also supporting the work of a campus-wide group dedicated to closing equity gaps with regard to access, retention, and graduation rates.
Academic Affairs Programs and Policies Manager
Andrea Grinwis began her relationship with WCU in 1994, when she started as a student in the Theatre Arts Department. She earned her B.A. in Theatre in 1998 and shortly thereafter returned to WCU to work in the Registrar's Office. Mrs. Grinwis has since worked in the Communication Studies Department and is now serving as the Academic Affairs Programs and Policies Manager. Mrs. Grinwis works with the Associate Provost on student academic issues, which include academic standing changes, academic integrity violations, and grades appeals. She also supports the work of the Curriculum and Academic Policies Council (CAPC) and assists the Vice Provost and other key academic affairs personel with the coordination of first-year student scheduling, the management of the university's curriculum management system (CIM), and editing the university's undergraduate and graduate catalogs.