Office of the Provost

The Office of the Provost oversees academic policies and activities university-wide. The Associate Provost, deans, and directors, together with the Provost’s administrative and operations staff, support the Provost in carrying out these responsibilities.

Office of the Provost

Wendy Samter, Ph.D., Associate Provost and, through June 30, 2021, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Wendy Samter, Ph.D., is the Associate Provost of Bryant University and the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Samter joined Bryant’s Department of Communication in 2003 as Associate Professor and went on to become Professor and Chair (2005-2013), Director of Graduate Studies (2011-2014), and Associate Dean (2014). She has been instrumental in developing Bryant’s nationally recognized undergraduate Communication degree program and in establishing the Graduate Program in Communication.

A prolific writer, Samter has published articles and book chapters in scholarly publications, been sought after by media for her expert commentary, and given keynote speeches nationwide. She is the co-author of Explaining Communication: Contemporary Theories and Exemplars, and Children Communicating: The First Five Years. She is the former editor of Communication Research Reports, an affiliate of the National Communication Association, and serves as associate editor for two other journals. She is an active member of a number of professional associations, as well.

Samter has also been recognized for her dedication to students and teaching with the Distinguished Faculty Award, the Center for Student Involvement’s “Since 1863 Faculty Award,” and Bryant’s Excellence in Teaching Award. She received both a Ph.D. and MA in Interpersonal Communication from Purdue University, and a BA in Communication from LaSalle University.

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