Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Dr. Jim Coleman became the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Biology at Northern Arizona University in August 2015. He is a highly regarded ecological and evolutionary biologist and academic administrator with a broad background that crosses multiple disciplines. Before coming to NAU he served as the Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also was a biology professor. He served as Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University, Vice Chancellor for Research and Biology professor at the University of Missouri and Vice President for Research and Business Development and Professor of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Desert Research Institute. He served as Program Officer for Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and began his career as assistant and then associate professor of Biology at Syracuse University.

Jim earned his Ph.D. from Yale University working in Plant Ecology. He received his B.S. in Forestry from the University of Maine. He conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford and Harvard Universities.