Dr. John J. Pauly was named provost of Marquette University in 2008. He reports to the president and is responsible for all academic budget and institutional planning. As provost he provides intellectual vision and leadership for the 10 academic deans and the dean of libraries.
Under Dr. Pauly's leadership, Marquette has consistently met enrollment targets; increased diversity in the freshman class by 40%; established a Gender and Sexuality Resource Center; reorganized Marquette's Center for Teaching and Learning to strengthen its support of faculty teaching; and improved practices for assessing learning outcomes and tracking student academic performance. The university has also strengthened its research and graduate programs, increasing its external research funding, providing health benefits and enhanced stipends for graduate students, supporting two pharmaceutical start-up companies, and creating a new doctoral program in rehabilitation sciences. Dr. Pauly's advocacy for initiatives in social entrepreneurship and wellness have led to Marquette's being named an Ashoka Changemaker Campus and receiving a Gold Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America.
Prior to assuming the role of provost in 2008, Dr. Pauly was the dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication from 2006 to 2008. Before coming to Marquette, he had been a professor at Saint Louis University for thirteen years, including nine as chair of its communication department.
Pauly's own research focuses on the history and sociology of the mass media. He has published more than 80 scholarly journal articles, book chapters, reviews and essays.
Pauly, a native of Chicago and graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep, received a bachelor of science in journalism with honors in 1972, a master of science in journalism in 1974, and a Ph.D. in communication in 1979, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His professional experience has included serving as a writing skills consultant for corporations such as Citibank and WilTel, a technical writer and editor for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers laboratory, and a drama reviewer for a daily newspaper.
Among his honors are a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers, a research fellowship at the Center for Twentieth Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, two awards for teaching excellence for the Student Government Association at Saint Louis University, and the naming of an annual award at Saint Louis University to honor a graduating communication major who hopes to pursue a career in areas such as political journalism, public interest law, government service, community organizing, or civil rights advocacy.