Richard Irwin is the vice provost for academic innovation and support services. In this position, Irwin chairs the University Undergraduate Council, oversees all undergraduate programs and provides leadership in strategic planning, academic advising and innovative methods to deliver and acquire college-level knowledge in fulfillment of degree completion.
The position oversees the Center for International Programs and Services, the Fresh Connections Learning Communities, the Academic Counseling Center, the Center for Academic Retention and Enrichment Services, the ACAD academic success seminars, the Center for Athletic Academic Services, and the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, comprised of the following units: prior, experiential and continuous learning; satellite education centers; UofM online; and instructional technology.
From 2010 to July, 2014, Irwin served as associate dean of the University College. In that capacity, he was responsible for reinvigorating a number of prior learning assessment functions, most notably the experiential learning credit program. In 2011, Irwin was awarded a three-year Access and Diversity Grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents to support program redesign targeting returning adult students. He was appointed to represent the UofM on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Prior Learning Assessment Task Force and chaired the University’s competency-based Education Task Force last summer.
Irwin also is director of the Bureau of Sport and Leisure Commerce and a professor in the School of Health Studies. As architect of the department’s sport and leisure studies and sport commerce programs, Irwin established innovative and nationally recognized curricula. He has managed commissioned projects on behalf of the Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis Redbirds, FedEx St. Jude Classic, Southern Heritage Classic and other sports businesses.
Recently Irwin and a team of UofM researchers were awarded a NCAA grant to enhance the career readiness skills of student-athletes. His professional service has included serving as president of the Sport Marketing Association and two terms on the North American Society for Sport Management Executive Council.
Irwin earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Northern Colorado.