Carl W. Lejuez
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Academic vision, strategy and reporting
- Oversight of schools, colleges, library, regional campuses, interdisciplinary research centers and institutes
- Strategic planning and implementation
- Primary governance liaison
- Capital planning and resource allocation and development
As Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Carl W. Lejuez (pronounced: LEZSCH-way) serves as UConn’s chief academic officer, with responsibility for all academic units and operations.
Lejuez oversees academic and institutional strategic planning and plays a major role in the budgeting and allocation of University resources. All schools and colleges, the Library, regional campuses, student success units, academic administrative units, and interdisciplinary centers and institutes report to the Provost’s Office. In collaboration with these units and their leadership, Lejuez guides the University's academic policies and procedures, academic program planning and implementation, program assessment, student success initiatives, graduate education, institutional research, university libraries, university information technology systems and services, and academic personnel management (including appointments and reappointments of faculty and staff, tenure and promotion, and annual evaluations).
Lejuez was selected after a nationwide search for UConn’s chief academic officer. Most recently, he had served at the University of Kansas as interim provost and executive vice chancellor for two years and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for two years. He previously was professor of psychology and associate dean of research for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland.
Lejuez’s research interests include mood disorders, addictions, mental health interventions for marginalized and underserved populations, and a range of related topics. At Maryland, he founded and led the Center for Addictions, Personality and Emotions Research. Before joining Maryland, he was an assistant research professor at Brown University, and he also has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven.
Lejuez has received grant funding from several sources for his research and is widely published, having also served on several editorial boards and having been a founding editor of the publication “Personality Disorders: Theory, Research and Treatment.” Moreover, he is the co-editor of the “Cambridge University Press Handbook of Personality Disorders,” published in spring 2020.
He holds his M.A. and Ph.D., both in clinical psychology, from West Virginia University; and earned his B.A. in psychology from Emory University.
Lejuez is the first generation in his family to attend college, an accomplishment that he has in common with one of every four UConn students.