Academic Innovation and Support Services
Dr. Richard Irwin is the Interim Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Support
Services. In this position, Dr. Irwin chairs the University Undergraduate Council,
oversees all undergraduate programs and provides leadership in strategic planning,
academic advising, and innovative methods to deliver and acquire college-level knowledge
in fulfillment of degree completion.
The position oversees the Center for International Programs and Services, the Fresh
Connections Learning Communities, the Academic Counseling Center, the Center for Academic
Retention and Enrichment Services, the ACAD academic success seminars, the Center
for Athletic Academic Services, and the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning,
comprised of the following units: Prior, Experiential and Continuous Learning; satellite
education centers; U of M Online; and Instructional Technology.
From 2010 to July, 2014, Dr. Irwin served as associate dean of the University College.
In that capacity, he was responsible for reinvigorating a number of prior learning
assessment functions, most notably the Experiential Learning Credit program. In 2011
Dr. Irwin was awarded a three-year Access and Diversity Grant from the Tennessee Board
of Regents to support program redesign targeting returning adult students. He was
appointed to represent the U of M on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission's Prior
Learning Assessment Task Force and chaired the University's Competency-based Education
Task Force last summer.
Dr. Irwin also is director of the Bureau of Sport and Leisure Commerce and a professor
in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences. As architect of the department's Sport
and Leisure Studies and Sport Commerce programs, Dr. Irwin established innovative
and nationally recognized curricula. He has managed commissioned projects on behalf
of the Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis Redbirds, FedEx St. Jude Classic, Southern Heritage
Classic and other sports businesses.
Recently Dr. Irwin and a team of U of M researchers were awarded a NCAA grant to enhance
the career readiness skills of student-athletes. His professional service has included
serving as president of the Sport Marketing Association and two terms on the North
American Society for Sport Management Executive Council.
Dr. Irwin earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of