Academic Affairs


A Message from Our Provost and Vice President

Welcome to the Web site for the Office of Academic Affairs at Framingham State University (FSU)! Please feel free to read about our academic departments, available majors, minors, and concentrations, and the many opportunities that are available to our students.

A spirit of transformation, momentum, and optimism characterizes FSU's many enterprises. Those at our university live by a clear vision and set of core values and are excited about the transformations that occur when we work together toward a common purpose.

Our faculty are scholars who educate with a passion. This passion comes from the love they hold for their disciplines, as well as from the joy of sharing that learning and discovery. By incorporating the use of numerous strategies that enable a vigorous learning process, (such as enriching travel, relevant technologies, interdisciplinary study, joint research, creative activities, and professionalizing experiences), our professors work toward encouraging their students to be active partners in the learning process.

In addition to being ardent educators, our faculty are also professionals who engage with their disciplines as both scholars and practitioners. Together with their publications and presentations at professional conferences, many of our faculty practice their disciplines through public service. For example, FSU has established numerous centers and institutes where faculty, staff, and top students provide professional outreach to the community. To us, these centers and institutes are the “pulse points” of our university community. They include the:

  1. Center for Climate Change Education (C3E)
  2. Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship, and Service (CELTSS)
  3. Center for Geospatial Outreach
  4. Center for Global Education
  5. Center for Social Research
  6. Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning
  7. Entrepreneur Innovation Center
  8. Greater Boston Readiness Center
  9. John C. Stalker Institute for Food & Nutrition
  10. MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC)
  11. MetroWest Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Education Network
  12. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Educator Resource Center

We also have our admirable Honors Program, which is one of the designated Commonwealth Honors Programs in Massachusetts. Finally, we have our Office of International Education, which vigorously helps students who are interested in studying abroad.

Students will find many opportunities to involve themselves in their education. Research experiences, internships and field experiences, co-curricular and extracurricular activities, connecting with the faculty, staff, and other students - all these are wonderful chances for our students to cultivate leadership skills. In addition to all these opportunities, there is support for student learning and success all across campus, whether it comes from our faculty, our Center for Academic Support and Achievement (CASA), our Career Services and Employer Relations Office, our Counseling Center, or from our Henry Whittemore Library. Come in! Join us!

I hope these Web pages will provide the information you seek on the people and programs that make up Framingham State University. We are a true community that is constantly growing and changing, and we look forward to working with you. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us!


Linda Vaden-Goad, Ph.D.

Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs