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Associate Provost of Faculty Affairs

M. Francyne Huckaby, Ph.D.

Faculty Affairs supports the recruitment, hiring, mentoring, development, and promotion and tenure of TCU faculty, to provide continuation of excellence throughout their careers at TCU. Dr. Huckaby leads the Provost’s mission to support a flourishing faculty of teacher-scholars within a culture of inclusive excellence. This important role requires a collaborative leader who knows TCU’s policies and procedures and understands faculty concerns, needs, and career trajectories. She partners with deans, Faculty Senate, and the Provost’s Council to support to strengthen faculty onboarding, lead the examination of promotion and tenure policies, oversee the Faculty Workload Equity Model pilot program, connect faculty with professional development, and support TCU’s accreditation reaffirmation as it relates to faculty affairs. She fosters clarity and equity in Academic Affairs’ policies and practices. She works closely with the Associate Provost for Academic Planning, Budgeting & Operations to support faculty through all aspects of hiring, merit review, and promotion and tenure. To further align areas of faculty excellence, the Koehler Center for Instruction, Innovation and Engagement reports directly to this position.

Dr. Huckaby previously served as interim dean and associate dean for the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (now a part of AddRan College of Liberal Arts), and professor of curriculum studies and core faculty for Women and Gender Studies, Africana and African American Studies, and affiliated with Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. She also served as director of the Center for Public Education at TCU.

Dr. Huckaby is a curriculum theorist who holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. Her work as a teacher-scholar has focused on creating openings and spaces for anti-oppressive discourses and practices. Her books include Researching Resistance: Public Education after Neoliberalism (2019), which received honorable mention for Outstanding Book from the American Educational Research Association Curriculum Studies Division, and Making Research Public in Troubled Times: Pedagogy, Activism, and Critical Obligations (2018). Her work appears in International Review of Qualitative Research, Qualitative Inquiry, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Educational Philosophy and Theory, and Journal of Curriculum Theorizing. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, American Educational Studies Association and Professors of Curriculum, and is past president of the Society of Professors of Education. Honors include: Mary Anne Raywid Award for distinguished scholarship in the field of education, Claudia V. Camp Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award, TCU Deans’ Award for Teaching, and TCU Mortar Board Preferred Professor.

Reporting Units

Koehler Center for Instruction, Innovation & Engagement
The Koehler Center is dedicated to facilitating ongoing, reflective discourse regarding instruction and learning, including engaging with faculty, instructional staff, departments/units, and administration. The Koehler Center strives to meet the challenges of integrating effective, innovative instructional/learning methodologies and technologies to promote engagement and improve learning. Services include workshops, eFaculty required training, educational technology, online teaching and learning, TCU Online, syllabus resources and more. Additional information is available here.

Chairs and Directors Council
The Academic Chairs and Directors Council is made up of and supports department chairs and program directors. The council meets monthly to discuss challenges, provide insights, and make recommendations on matters of concern for faculty and faculty leaders. More information is available here.