This handbook is designed to provide faculty members with basic information regarding their employment at Fisk University. This handbook addresses policies affecting faculty which have been instituted by the University’s faculty, administration, and Board of Trustees and the practices and procedures required to carry out those policies. This handbook will be revised periodically to reflect changes in those policies, procedures, and practices
Division of Academic Affairs
Division Of Academic Affairs
The Division of Academic Affairs is responsible for the planning, development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of all academic degree programs. The division is also responsible for faculty personnel matters – including tenure and promotion, the operations of the Registrar’s Office, Trio Programs, the John Lewis Center for Social Justice, the university’s accreditation as well as the John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library, and Sponsored Programs.
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs oversees and provides leadership to the Division and to the Deans of Arts & Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Business, and Graduate Studies.
Connect with our Provost
In August of 2022, Dr. Robert Carr joined the Fisk University community. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Tougaloo College, two Master of Science degrees, and a Doctor of Education from Oklahoma State University. To learn more about Dr. Carr click on his Biography.
Office Location and Contact Information:
Erastus Milo Cravath Hall, Suite 110
Tel: 615-329-8681 Fax: 615-329-8802
In 1930, Fisk became the first African-American institution to gain accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It was also the first such institution to be placed on the approved lists of the Association of American Universities (1933) and the American Association of University Women (1948). In 1952, Fisk received a charter for the first Phi Beta Kappa chapter on a predominantly black campus and also became the first private, black college accredited for its music programs by the National Association of Schools of Music. Its Chemistry Department is on the approved list of the American Chemical Society. Fisk is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States and a sponsoring institution of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Inc. It is approved for teacher licensure preparation by the State of Tennessee Department of Education.
Division of Academic Affairs Offices
Office of Institutional Effectiveness
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness is responsible for the institutional assessment and research activities of Fisk University, including the identification of current issues on higher education, etc.
Office of the Registrar
The Office of the Registrar compiles, maintains, retrieves and disseminates accurate academic records for the current and previous University populations, etc.
John Hope & Aurelia E. Franklin Library
The Fisk University John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library is the academic hub of the university, working to support the academic programs by providing books, electronic resources, and other materials. It houses over 240,000 volumes.
Fisk University Galleries maintains a permanent collection of over 4,000 objects that span three centuries of art history. Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Henry O. Tanner, Elizabeth Catlett, Diego Rivera, Aaron Douglas, Winold Reiss, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Alfred Stieglitz are just a few of the acclaimed artists represented in the collection.Click Here to Learn More about our Art Galleries
Center for Teaching & Learning
The Center of Teaching and Learning provides an effective teaching and learning environment using emerging technologies.Click Here to Learn More about our Office
Center for Excellence in Biological Signatures and Sensing
The objective of the Center’s presence is to establish a strong interdisciplinary, collaborative, and innovative research program promoting the creation of new knowledge by fostering collaborations among Fisk faculty members from multiple disciplines and scientists from other universities, national labs, and industries.Click Here to Learn More about our Office.
Office of Sponsored Research and emerging Initiatives
The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) facilitates the acquisition of support from governmental sources. The Office is a One-Stop-Shop for grant research, proposal development, proposal submissions and grant management. The team is dedicated to supporting faculty and staff with meeting the University’s current strategic objectives.
The Title III Office assists Fisk University in strengthening its academic programs, student support services, information technology, fiscal administration, and facilities.
Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Titles I and II of the ADA of 1990, and Sections 503 & 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Fisk University will not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, or student, because of a physical or mental impairment with regard to any position or program for which that person is qualified. Through the Provost’s Office, students who may need special accommodations in the learning process may receive services including assessment and identification of tutorial support and other services from individual faculty, instructors and staff. Please contact Provost’s Office at 615.329.8681.
This credit hour policy applies to all courses at all levels (graduate, professional, and undergraduate) and to all programs that award academic credit (i.e., any course that appears on an official transcript issued by the University) − regardless of the mode of delivery and including, but not limited to, self-paced, online, hybrid, lecture, seminar, and laboratory courses.
Rakaya Phillips, C/O 2021,
We are Fisk.
Fisk focuses on propelling young Black men and women into successful leaders and has allowed me to grow in ways I would have thought impossible. As a member of W.E.B. DuBois’s Honors Program, I am able to surround myself with individuals who display outstanding academic excellence, and who also encourage and inspire me to travel in a direction meant for those who seek to lead and expand their knowledge beyond the standard. After I complete my bachelor’s degree at Fisk University, my first goal is to obtain a joint M.S./Psy.D. at an accredited University. My long-term goal would be to work in the federal government in one of the many U.S. federal agencies.