Assistant Vice Provost / Executive Director, Office of Experiential & Engaged Learning

Dr. Chris Reaves has over 12 years of leadership experience in undergraduate academic affairs at Georgia Tech. He joined the Office of the Provost in 2011 first as Director of Undergraduate Research and Student Innovation and has steadily progressed in broader leadership roles since OUE was established in 2012. Before joining Georgia Tech, he was the founding Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for over 4 years.

As Executive Director of Experiential and Engaged Learning (E2L), Chris will continue to provide leadership for his portfolio of high-impact practices and experiential education. He directly oversees undergraduate research, student innovation, learning communities, community-based learning, and undergraduate transition seminars (GT1000/2000). In partnership with the Career Center, he also now jointly oversees the undergraduate co-op and internship programs, and he is charged with collaborating closely with other colleges, units, and programs across campus that are involved in high-impact practices.

In his expanded capacity as Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Chris will take on additional leadership responsibilities on behalf of the VPUE and in support of the Office of Undergraduate Education. He will be charged with leading OUE's external outreach efforts with campus partners, including areas such as Undergraduate Admission, Student Life, FASET, Summer Session/iGniTe, OMED, Library/Clough Commons, and OIE. This will include establishing a new undergraduate outreach council of campus stakeholders involved in undergraduate education and working closely with the OUE Student Advisory Board. He will take an active leadership role in the Transformative Teaching and Learning (TTL) ISP initiative, particularly around experiential learning, and high-impact practices for undergraduates.

He has a track record of implementing successful programs (including receiving two Emmy awards for the InVenture Prize), and leading high-performing teams.

Chris earned his Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville and both a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Bachelor of Science in Education from Jacksonville State University.