June 01, 2017

Headrick named Provost Faculty Fellow

Todd Christopher HeadrickTodd Christopher Headrick, professor of quantitative methods in the College of Education and Human Services’ Department of Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special Education, will be the Provost Faculty Fellow for the fall 2017 semester.  

The program’s goal is to provide part-time leadership experience and skill development to university faculty with an interest in academic administration. Headrick will be involved in regular operations and activities of the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  

Susan Ford, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, said Headrick is “an excellent choice at this time on campus.” 

“We are completing our first effort at program prioritization in almost 30 years, and in order to continue this effort in the future, we need to examine which data were informative and in which ways.  Dr. Headrick’s skills in the area of data analysis will prove invaluable to this review, as he also gains experience in upper level administrative leadership and decision making,” she said. 

Under the program, which began in fall 2013, fellows gain insight into administrative practices and procedures including budgeting, academic planning, shared governance, student success programming, retention activities and assessment.   

“I am honored to be selected as the Provost Faculty Fellow for the fall of 2017. This is an advantageous opportunity for me to enhance my administrative background and lay the foundation for future administrative roles,” Headrick said. “Moreover, I am looking forward to working in the Provost’s office and continuing on with the Academic Program Prioritization process. Specifically, one primary goal is to make appropriate data driven informed decisions regarding academic programs.” 

Headrick, who has a cross appointment in the Department of Psychology, started at SIU Carbondale as assistant professor in 1999, and became an associate professor in 2004 before becoming professor and coordinator in quantitative methods in 2011. He also served as associate dean, research and statistical analysis in the College of Education and Human Services and was department chair from 2012 to 2015. Headrick earned his doctorate degree in statistics and measurement from Wayne State University in 1997.