Office of Academic Programs

The Office of Academic Programs promotes a culture of academic excellence both in and out of the classroom and supports UGA’s instructional, research and outreach missions by developing, promoting and enhancing new and existing academic programs and policies. The office works directly with the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost to ensure that institutional academic programs and policies reflect the goals, aspirations and mission of the institution.

Academic Leadership Development

A series of training sessions for new and current administrators provides regular opportunities for professional development. New Department Heads Training is offered annually in the fall semester, and Current Administrators Training is scheduled each spring. Future Leaders Workshops offer information to faculty on campus interested in exploring leadership roles in higher education. These three series are offered through the Office of Faculty Affairs working in concert with the Office of Academic Programs. In addition, UGA LEAD is a twice-yearly informational program for department heads and other campus leaders, led by the Provost.

Charter Lecture Series

The Charter Lecture Series was established in 1988 to honor the high ideals expressed in the 1785 charter that created UGA as the first state-chartered university in America.


The Office of Academic Programs oversees the institution’s annual fall and spring commencement ceremonies in close collaboration with the Registrar, the Office of Special Events, the Graduate School and the Provost’s Office.

Honors Week 

The office works collaboratively with the Honors Program, senior administration and the University’s colleges and schools to ensure the coordination of all Honors Week activities. Honors Week is scheduled for April 13-17, 2015.

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest of all American honor societies. Election to membership is a distinguished honor, which recognizes scholarship in the liberal arts, character and high academic standing. The Office of Academic Programs supports the chapter’s activities, including the fall and spring initiation ceremonies. For more information on Phi Beta Kappa, please contact Katie Fite at

Alumni Seminar Program 

Through the Arch and into the classroom…without the exams! The 2015 Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar: Food for Thought is a three-day educational gathering for UGA alumni and friends, scheduled for May 1-3, 2015. This program is planned in close collaboration with the UGA Alumni Association, the University Libraries, the Division of Development and Alumni Relations, the Office of Special Events and the Provost’s Office. 

SECU: The Academic Initiative of the Southeastern Conference

The University of Georgia and the 13 other Southeastern Conference institutions are part of the SECU Academic Initiative, which supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students. UGA's Loch Johnson was named the inaugural SEC Professor of the Year in 2012, and UGA hosted the inaugural SEC Symposium in February 2013. The associate provost for academic programs serves as a liaison to the SECU.

SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) Fellowship

The University of Georgia’s SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) Fellowship provides an opportunity for faculty to work closely with select senior administrators to gain valuable knowledge and experience in academic leadership. The goal of UGA’s ALDP and the related SEC program is to expose faculty interested in administration to the challenges and rewards of such institutional service and to prepare them for potential leadership positions within the academy. The associate provost for academic programs serves as the SEC ALDP liaison for the institution, coordinating on-campus leadership development opportunities for UGA’s SEC ALDP Fellows and corresponding with other SEC liaisons. In October 2013, UGA hosted the fall SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Conference.

Signature Lectures 

This series highlights select University of Georgia lectures each year that feature speakers noted for their broad appeal and compelling bodies of work.