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Dr. John S. Vassar Named Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at LSU Shreveport

December 05, 2012

Dr. John S. Vassar has been appointed the Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at LSU Shreveport. In his role as Interim Provost, Vassar will be responsible for coordinating the academic work of the campus and overseeing implementation of a variety of new academic programs.

"It is a tremendous honor to be asked by Interim Chancellor Paul Sisson to serve as the Interim Provost for the outstanding faculty at LSU in Shreveport. LSUS has a significant reputation for academic rigor and teaching excellence. I look forward to working with both campus and community leadership to develop strategic goals for the academic future of LSUS," stated Vassar.

Vassar will be responsible for providing oversight for joint degree programs with LSU A&M such as the Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering and the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. In addition to these joint programs, LSU Shreveport continues to seek approval for two doctoral programs, a Doctorate of Education in Leadership and a Doctorate of Psychology. For undergraduate students, LSU Shreveport faculty are designing new degrees including Biology/Clinical Lab Science (in collaboration with LSUHSC) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Digital Arts.

"Because of the LSU Commitment Plan, and these new programs becoming available for local students, it is important to have an administrator available to focus on their development," he added.

Vassar is a native of Shreveport and received his bachelor's degree in History from LSUS in 1991. He then earned his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Baylor University in 2003. Vassar joined the LSU Shreveport faculty in 2000 and has taught philosophy, history, and religious studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Vassar has served as Chair of the Department of Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, and Humanities since 2004. As Chair of this department, he led the curricular development of instructional programs in the areas of Fine Arts and Foreign Languages. Departmental faculty developed new course offerings in these areas as well as in music, philosophy, religious studies, and film. During his tenure as department Chair, he has worked with faculty to expand the area of Digital Media Arts from the field of Graphic Design to include working with Animation and Visual Effects.
Beyond the department, he teaches in the Masters of Liberal Arts program, is an instructor in the LSUS Honors Program, and has served as Faculty senator and a member of the Senate's Executive Committee. Vassar is the author of a book on religious literature and has published several articles in the fields of Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Film.
Vassar has also been active in the local Shreveport-Bossier community. He has served as a consultant to a variety of non-profit institutions in Shreveport and was a founding Board Member for the Robinson Film Center. Earlier this year, he participated as a designated Scholar for the Shreve Memorial Library's "Big Read" program. Vassar has also given several public lectures on Philosophy and Film at several area high schools, churches, and other community organizations.

This commitment to Shreveport-Bossier is important to Dr. Vassar. "As a product of LSU in Shreveport, I am particularly invested in the sustained excellence of the programs that we offer our community, as well as to the students that we train to support our region's economic stability and growth, whether in the sciences, education, business, or the liberal arts. I look forward to working with local leaders to ensure that LSUS continues to provide the best programs necessary to meet the growing educational needs of our region."

For more information contact Brooke Rinaudo, Director of Media and Public Relations at 318-797-5108.

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