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Julia Thom-Levy

Vice Provost for Academic Innovation

Julia Thom-Levy

Julia Thom-Levy is the Vice Provost for Academic Innovation at Cornell University and a Professor in the Department of Physics in Cornell’s College of Arts & Sciences.

As the Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, Thom-Levy aims to support and facilitate vibrant, challenging, and reflective learning experiences in undergraduate and graduate education at Cornell.

The Vice Provost for Academic Innovation oversees and is responsible for the following areas and offices:

Students in the Center for Technology Innovation brainstorming ideas.Center for Teaching Innovation
Founded in 2017, the Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) supports Cornell’s teaching community members—teaching assistants, postdoctoral fellows, lecturers, and professors—with a full complement of individualized services, programs, institutes, and campus-wide initiatives. Initiatives supported by CTI currently include the Teaching Innovation Grants, the Blackboard to Canvas Migration, and the Active Learning Initiative in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Biomedical engineering students.
Students in the biomedical engineering (BME) lab creating an artificial ear using 3-D printing and injectable molds.

Office of Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research provides strategic leadership for advancing undergraduate research across the university, generating information, serving as liaison, and enhancing the institution’s awareness of developments around undergraduate research in U.S. higher education. The VPAI provides oversight of the Office of Undergraduate Research to support, organize, and expand undergraduate research initiatives.

Collaboration with the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education on key strategic initiatives, such as the Provost’s Gateway Course Initiative.

Support and development of educational technology and evaluation, MOOCs, online learning initiatives, and modern learning analytics.

University-wide Active Learning Initiative

Thom-Levy received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and has developed instrumentation and operated detectors at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago, and at CERN, the European Research Organization that is operating the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. Thom-Levy came to Cornell as an Assistant Professor in 2005, and is now the Deputy Director of the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences and Education. Thom-Levy is also a House Professor and Dean in the Hans Bethe House on West Campus, where she directs a residential student program.

Links and News

Academic Innovation at Cornell

University-wide Active Learning Initiative Request for Proposals (PDF)

Results of the Active Learning Initiative at Cornell in the College of Arts and Sciences

Zamudio to study effects of active learning as Menschel Teaching Fellow

Contact Information:

Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Innovation
449 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-3901
Tel: 607-255-9970
Fax: 607-255-0134
Email: Vice Provost for Academic Innovation