Furman has two associate provosts who support the university's academic and administrative operations.

Beth Pontari

Beth Pontari

Associate Provost for Engaged Learning

Dr. Pontari's primary role is to support the creation, maintenance, coordination, promotion, assessment, funding and tracking of engaged learning activities that include but are not limited to undergraduate research, internships, engaged living, and study away experiences. She oversees the assessment and inventory of engaged learning activities and has the charge of establishing the processes to determine which engaged learning opportunities-traditional and nontraditional-constitute high-impact learning  experiences – with the goal of expanding our definition of engaged learning. She also assists faculty and staff in determining which engaged learning opportunities are most effective for students at different stages of their academic pathways and continues to work to expand student access to high impact engaged learning activities. Dr. Pontari is also a professor of Psychology.


John Wheeler

John Wheeler

Associate Provost for Integrative Science

John Wheeler is the Associate Provost for Integrative Science and has been a faculty member in the Chemistry Department since 1991, mentoring more than 130 undergraduate and 18 M.S. research students. His primary role is to assist faculty and students in Furman’s math and science departments with research scholarship and science education. Since 2008, this activity has been sustained by externally-funded programmatic initiatives supporting the acquisition of major research instrumentation, staff hiring, start-up for new faculty hires, faculty release and summer support, student research stipends, research supplies and targeted support for the K-12 sector. More than $11M in competitive federal and private funding from NSF EPSCoR, NSF S-STEM, NIH IDeA, HHMI, Merck AAAS, Sherman-Fairchild and others have been obtained to support these efforts. As a part of Furman’s commitment to maintaining its national reputation for research excellence, Dr. Wheeler also works with faculty to support applications for extramural grant submission, provides networking opportunities including connections with external mentors, and fosters external faculty and institutional recognition through state, regional and national opportunities. He directs the Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences where he is assisted by Dr. John Kaup (Director of Science Education) and Ms. Tammy Cureton (Administrative Assistant).

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