The University of San Francisco: Provost/Academic Affairs

Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

Jennifer Turpin

Jennifer E. Turpin, Ph.D.

As chief operating and academic officer of the University, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs seeks to recruit and retain a diverse faculty of outstanding teachers and scholars; assists the faculty in the creation of a learning community characterized by high quality scholarship and academic rigor, and sustained by a faith that does justice; directs the academic programs of the University through the deans and colleges; oversees admissions and transfer policies, faculty and curriculum development, library resources, and student academic services such as advising, orientation, registration, financial aid, and disabilities services.

Additionally, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs supports the planning and budget initiatives of the University; initiatives for minority recruitment and international/immersion programming opportunities; and programming in the area of students affairs and university life.


Jennifer Turpin has served as Provost and Academic Vice President at the University of San Francisco since 2010. Since becoming Provost, she has been named as one of the Most Influential Women in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times for the past three years and as a Girl Scouts Forever Green Honoree. In her 22 years at USF, she has served as Dean of USF's College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Dean for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Founder of the Women’s Studies Program, and Chair of the Sociology Department. During her years on the faculty, she received USF's Distinguished Teaching Award and the College Service Award. As an administrator, she has served on a Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation team and as a program reviewer for institutions such as the Catholic University of Ecuador and the University of Limerick in Ireland. She is passionate about Jesuit education and USF’s unique role in the academy and society.   

Her research addresses the causes and consequences of violence, the role of gender in warfare, the sociology of the Cold War, and the impact of Russian media on the dissolution of the former Soviet Union. Dr. Turpin has an extensive record of scholarship including her book Reinventing the Soviet Self (Praeger), her co-edited books The Web of Violence (University of Illinois Press), The Women and War Reader (NYU Press), The Gendered New World Order (Routledge), Rethinking Peace (Lynne Rienner), and the 3-volume Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict (Academic Press), and numerous articles, book chapters, and papers at professional meetings.


Jennifer E. Turpin, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Lone Mountain Rossi Wing, 420
(415) 422-6136