The Office of the Provost supports the academic mission of Lesley University.
We provide leadership and resources for our programs, faculty, and students.
Welcome to Lesley University! As a private, non-profit university, our primary mission is to provide students with transformative learning experiences that prepare them for a life of service and leadership in the global society of the twenty-first century. Here, students can follow or find their passions with the support of a caring, innovative, and accomplished faculty.
If Lesley University has not been in your sights recently, you owe it to yourself to take a close look at whom we’ve become. Housed in Victorian buildings in a residential neighborhood of Cambridge, new constructions with first-floor commercial operations, and more traditional academic buildings, including the campus of the Episcopal Divinity School, the University has both an urban and suburban character. We are small enough for students to get to know their faculty and to build relationships easily, but big enough, dynamic enough, and gritty enough to be considered a comprehensive urban university.
As the University has expanded its spatial footprint, it has also redefined itself in programmatic ways. For instance, the Spring of 2015 witnessed the launch of the first Master’s degree in Mindfulness in the country and the Fall of 2015 witnessed the launch of a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking. And, the opening of the new Lunder Arts Center, in January of 2015, signaled Lesley’s growing prominence as an intellectual and creative force in the Massachusetts Avenue higher education corridor of Cambridge.
The very spirit of Edith Lesley that led to the creation of innovative approaches to early childhood education in 1903 continues to thrive in the uncommon leadership Lesley University provides in the fields of education, expressive art therapies, counseling psychology, the visual arts, and creative writing. With the integration of the arts into many of the university’s degree and certificate programs, Lesley is gaining the reputation of being an “art-centric” university, perhaps the only one of its kind in the country. Its growing distinctiveness and diversification of its offerings, while staying true to the principles that undergirded its founding, gives Lesley its vibrance and vitality.
The faculty and staff of Lesley are as dedicated and competent a group of people I have encountered in my career in American higher education. Nearly 90% of the faculty have doctorate degrees or their equivalents in their chosen fields and most of them have years of experience working in K-12 schools, in clinical practice, or in industries directly related to the subject matter they teach. It is easy to be proud to be associated with this family of teacher-scholars.
Selase W. Williams, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office of the Provost
Office of the Provost Staff
Office of Assessment and Institutional Research
Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
eLearning and Instructional Support (eLIS)
Global Education Center
Graduate Assistant Program
Institutional Review Board
Grants and Sponsored Projects
Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
Graduate School of Education
Office of the Provost29 Everett StreetCambridge, MA 02138(617) email@example.com
The Collective Bargaining Agreement between Lesley University and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 509: PDF
Faculty Handbook 2015-2016
Faculty Deadlines 2016-2017University-wide, Academic, and Faculty Meetings
Faculty Development Days
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Thursday, January 22,2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017