Provost and Senior Vice President
for Academic Affairs
As Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Philip
Rous is responsible for the delivery of the academic program, including
instruction, research, academic support services, and enrollment management,
including admissions and financial aid. He provides leadership as UMBC
continues to build excellence among the faculty, student body, and staff.
Dr. Rous oversees the campus planning process, working collaboratively
with Vice Presidents and Deans to coordinate planning and budgeting for
Dr. Rous was appointed Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic
Affairs on July 1, 2012. He joined the UMBC community in 1990 and holds
the rank of professor in the Department of Physics. Prior to his appointment
as Provost, Dr. Rous served as Dean of the College of Natural
and Mathematical Sciences. As Dean, he provided leadership in creating
the College’s Active Science Teaching and Learning Environment (CASTLE),
which is focused on new pedagogical models for actively engaged student
learning. Dr. Rous played a leadership role in shared governance on campus
as Faculty Senate Vice President and then as Faculty Senate President.
Dr. Rous was granted a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Imperial
College of Science & Technology in the United Kingdom and conducted
postdoctoral research at Imperial College, the University of California,
Berkeley and the University of Cambridge. His research is in the field
of theoretical condensed matter physics, and he has contributed to the
fundamental understanding of the crystallography of surfaces, the dynamics
and structure of negative ion states at surfaces, and nanophysics. Dr.
Rous has a strong interdisciplinary background and the results of his
research have been published extensively in materials science, physics
and chemistry journals. Most recently, Dr. Rous has played a leadership
role in supporting research into innovative models supporting student
success, through the HHMI National Experiment in Undergraduate Science
(NEXUS), the NSF Innovation Through Institutional Integration award, and
a planning grant from the Gates Foundation.
Photo credit: Marlayna Demond