Valerie Jenness is the Acting Vice Provost for Academic Planning and a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, the Department of Sociology (by courtesy), and the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing (by courtesy) at the University of California, Irvine. She was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Senior Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. She served as Dean of the School of Social Ecology and Chair of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society.
Role of the Vice Provost for Academic Planning
The Vice Provost for Academic Planning engages in academic and strategic planning, oversees UCI Academic Initiatives, co-chairs the Academic Planning Group and its task forces, and frequently collaborates on UC systemwide activities. Additionally, administrators in Academic Planning coordinate approval of new degree programs and academic units, and all aspects of institutional accreditation. The Office of Academic Planning serves as an incubator for new initiatives on campus (e.g. UCI Engage).
The Office of Academic Planning and the Academic Planning Group coordinate implementation and ongoing assessment of UCI's Strategic Plan - Bright Past, Brilliant Future. Thousands of our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community members provided input, and the plan is a true reflection of our collective vision. Now at the implementation and assessment stages, the strategic plan guides our work and leads us to shine brighter.