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Meet the Vice Provost

Patricia J. Gumport

Patricia J. Gumport is Stanford's first Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs.

A message from Patricia J. Gumport, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs:

Patricia J. Gumport, Professor of Education, was appointed Stanford’s first Vice Provost for Graduate Education in January 2007. In April 2018, her title was expanded to Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs to reflect her concurrent leadership responsibilities on behalf of Stanford’s postdoctoral scholars as well as graduate students.

Reflecting on her role, Vice Provost Gumport commented:

I am genuinely honored to serve as Stanford’s first Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs. My perspective comes in part from completing my own graduate studies here, and joining the faculty in the Graduate School of Education over 25 years ago. My intention—and the mission of our office—is to work collaboratively across the University to strengthen our academic practices while pursuing new ideas, offering dedicated expertise, and developing innovative resources to enrich the educational experiences of our graduate students.

More than half of Stanford’s enrollment is graduate students, over 9,400 students pursuing 15 different types of advanced degrees. Each of Stanford’s seven Schools prepares graduate students—in master’s, professional, and doctoral programs – and postdoctoral scholars— to thrive in rewarding careers.

Indeed, our graduate students and postdoctoral scholars figure prominently in Stanford’s reputation for academic excellence, intellectual innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit. They work alongside faculty, forging new paths of understanding and discovery in uncharted terrain. They bring vital curiosity and enthusiasm to their exchanges with colleagues, and launch fundamentally new insights and innovative practices. Stanford is distinctive in that our Schools, departments, and faculty have considerable autonomy in shaping their graduate program requirements and allocating resources.

We are fortunate that our graduate students and postdocs enrich our university community—intellectually, socially, and personally—with their diverse backgrounds and life experiences. My colleagues and I consistently strive to create a welcoming and inclusive community of open-minded scholars who critically examine ideas and divergent perspectives, as we collaborate in teaching, mentoring, and research.

We consider each day an opportunity to expand what’s possible in graduate education—by supporting students and postdocs to develop as colleagues who will become highly effective leaders contributing in all sectors, including education, business, government, and nonprofit.

All members of the university community have a collective commitment to ensure that every student has access to the best Stanford has to offer. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, so I invite all of our graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to fully engage in the distinctive resources the University has to offer.

Patricia J. Gumport

Vice Provost for Graduate Education AND POSTDOCTORAL AFFAIRS

Professor of Education

Director, Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research