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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology appoints first provost

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology today announces the promotion of Chief Academic Officer Joseph Martin Stevenson, Ph.D. as its first provost. As Provost, Dr. Stevenson will work with The Chicago School’s President Michele Nealon, Psy.D., to streamline operations between Academic Affairs and other areas and guide The Chicago School’s strategy to be recognized as the pre-eminent nonprofit university for professional psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences.

Dr. Stevenson joined The Chicago School’s executive leadership team as Chief Academic Officer and Vice President for Academic Affairs in June 2014.

“Over the past nine months, Dr. Stevenson has implemented a symmetrical leadership style that has strengthened our efforts to realize our mission and enhanced our ability to quickly respond to academic, financial, and operational opportunities,” said President Michele Nealon. “These achievements and the executive leadership experience he brings as former Provost of three university institutions makes him the perfect selection for our first Provost. We congratulate and welcome him to this new role.”

Dr. Stevenson is an advocate of student persistence toward degree completion and a proponent of strategic enrollment management. As such, some of his initial priorities as Provost, will be to introduce the concept of “Professorial Portfolio Planning” to enhance faculty development in teaching, service, and practitioner research; develop the university’s “scholar-practitioner model” to combine reflective action research with responsive community service; establish a university press to publish scholarly work by both students and faculty; provision academic leadership training in the areas of budgeting, accreditation preparation, licensure and compliance, online teaching and andragogy, and effective assessment; and position all Chicago School disciplines for sustainable accreditation.

New Position Broadens Executive Leadership Role for Chief Academic Officer Joseph Martin Stevenson, Ph.D.

Externally, Dr. Stevenson will continue to build academic partnerships with peer institutions and build relationships that support external and extramural funding.

“I am most delighted to accept the appointment of Provost for The Chicago School and I look forward to working closely with students and faculty across all of our campuses,” said Dr. Stevenson. “Over the next several months, I’ll host conversations in Los Angeles, D.C. and Chicago focused on our mission and our commitment to service and diversity. The outcomes will inform my work to drive forward the university’s unique vision and help create balance, improved communications, and enhanced collegiality across campuses.”

Prior to The Chicago School, Dr. Stevenson served as a Presidential Special Assistant at Little Priest Tribal College, and as Distinguished Scholar at Jackson State University. His wealth of administrative experience includes: Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Mississippi Valley State University; Provost Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Jackson State University; and Campus Provost, and Campus Executive Officer at Golden Gate University’s Sacramento Campus. He also served as the first Eminent Scholar in the College of Education at Florida International University in Miami.

Dr. Stevenson is founder of the world’s only Executive Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education at Jackson State, and co-founder of the National Conference for STEM Women of Color at the University of California, Berkeley. He has authored 13 books, including “Empowerful Informatics: A Source for Families in Today’s Economy;” published numerous scholarly articles on the arts, the sciences and higher education leadership; and is a regular contributor to the opinion pages in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Dr. Stevenson holds a Ph.D in Educational Policy Management from the University of Oregon, Eugene with an emphasis on higher education; an M.S. in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership, from the University of Oregon, an M.A. in Social Science Education, and M.A. in Educational Administration, both from California State University, Sacramento.

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private university devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences. The university serves nearly 4,500 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles and Irvine); and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs. The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in Chicago is accredited by the American Psychological Association. A member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, TCSPP is recognized for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The community service initiatives on the Chicago Campus have also earned recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for seven consecutive years. The Los Angeles Campus gained its second recognition in 2014, and the Washington, D.C. Campus received its first award in 2014. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology education. To learn more, visit


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