Faculty and Staff - March 31, 2023

As a reminder, our fourth provost finalist is on campus today. Today’s finalist is:

Nicole Guajardo, dean of the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Christopher Newport University

Nicole Guajardo currently serves as the dean of the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Christopher Newport University where she works collaboratively with faculty to manage five academic departments (mathematics; molecular biology and chemistry; organismal and environmental biology; physics, computer science and engineering; and psychology), and one cross-departmental program (B.S. degree in neuroscience). The college, which includes 100 faculty and approximately 1,900 students, is the largest of the four colleges on campus. Prior to this role, Guajardo served as chair of the Department of Psychology and then executive assistant to the president for student success, during which she developed and implemented Christopher Newport’s student success efforts with emphasis on the core advising program, learning communities for first-year students, and enhancement of the Center for Academic Success. She has published several articles related to social-cognitive development, presented her research at national and international conferences, and serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. in life span developmental psychology from West Virginia University.

Please plan to attend the 3:30-4:30 p.m. public presentation in Whitton Auditorium located in Carroll Hall. A meet and greet session will follow from 4:30-5:15 p.m. in the Macfeat House. 

Check the website to review the candidate’s qualifications. 

Surveys for each provost candidate will be available on the provost search website after noon today. I hope you will take time to provide your feedback no later than close of business on Thursday, April 6.


Edward A. Serna