Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, March 22, 2013

Associate engineering dean to take on broader role for engaged learning

James Paul Holloway, associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Engineering, will focus on university initiatives to enhance education abroad, undergraduate research, service learning and other types of engaged student learning in his new role as vice provost for global and engaged education.

  James Holloway

His appointment to a five-year term, effective July 1, was approved Thursday by the Board of Regents.

"Professor Holloway has been involved in the creation and stewardship of several innovative study-abroad programs within engineering and has been instrumental in creating an environment that supports engaged learning on a global stage," said Provost Phil Hanlon in making the recommendation.

"Given his vast and relevant experience … I am confident that Professor Holloway will provide extraordinary leadership in global and engaged education."

Hanlon said Holloway would provide focus on university initiatives designed to create opportunities for action-based and engaged student learning, including international experiences, community-based curricular experiences, undergraduate student research, student projects and co-curricular experiences. He also will provide focus on globalizing the academic reach of the university through education and scholarship abroad and on globalizing the experience of our academic community within Ann Arbor.

"I am honored to be asked by Provost Hanlon and Provost-designate Martha Pollack to take on this new role. I look forward to working with our faculty, staff and students to identify the educational outcomes our students can best develop through authentic, engaged, experiential learning.

"I also look forward to working with all these stakeholders to identify and remove the financial and structural barriers to international experiences, community-based learning, and other experiential learning opportunities, so that we can scale these experiences to an institution the size of the University of Michigan," Holloway said.

Holloway is taking on a redefined position that has been filled for nearly a decade — first on a part-time basis and then full time — by Mark Tessler, professor of political science who specializes in comparative politics and Middle East studies. Tessler was appointed full time as vice provost for international affairs in 2010.

Holloway earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois. He received his certificate of advanced study in mathematics from Cambridge University and his doctorate in engineering physics from the University of Virginia.

He began his academic career as a research assistant professor of applied mathematics and engineering physics at the University of Virginia. He joined the U-M faculty in 1990 as an assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, CoE. In 2007 he was named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and has served as the associate dean for undergraduate education since that same year.

Holloway's fields of interest include neutron and photon transport theory, nuclear reactor physics and control, nonlinear dynamics, inverse problems, plasma kinetic theory and uncertainty quantification. For the past five years he has served as a co-principal investigator for the Center for Radiative Shock Hydrodynamics and leads the center's uncertainty quantification efforts.

As associate dean, he has been involved in the launch of many of the college's efforts in engaged education, including programs in entrepreneurship, multidisciplinary design, the integration of arts and engineering, and the rapid growth of international programs for engineering students.