Through his leadership on experiential learning and student support services, Andrew A. Workman, Ph.D., has helped transform Roger Williams University into a vital institution committed to providing an outstanding education through community-engaged learning and civic scholarship, while ensuring our students have the support and resources to be successful during their college years and when they enter the workforce. An accomplished academic leader, he joined RWU in 2012 as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and became Interim President in July 2018.
As Provost, he led the development of key infrastructure to expand experiential learning as the cornerstone of a Roger Williams education. In addition to substantially increasing funding for undergraduate research and internships, he helmed the initiative to guarantee that every qualified student will participate in a transformative civic-engagement opportunity. By bringing the Community Partnerships Center into Academic Affairs, he expanded the program’s service capacity, enabling over half of each graduating class to complete a semester-long community‐engaged experience that empowers them to put their knowledge and skills to work solving real-world problems with community partners.
In 2014, he co-led a year-long visioning project that defined the core values and charted a new mission for Roger Williams University – to “build the university the world needs now.” From that process, he developed a five-year Academic Strategic Plan that advanced a campus-wide diversity initiative, expanded the mission and programs at University College, developed a partnership with Samsung USA to bring cutting-edge cloud-based technology to our students, re-envisioned and improved learning spaces.
Throughout his tenure as Provost, he led a multifaceted effort significantly enhancing student support services. By improving the First Year Experience initiative and developing the Living Learning Community program, he ensured that Roger Williams provides a supportive community and network of resources to help freshmen navigate their transition to college successfully. He unified support services into a Center for Student Academic Success, and redesigned career services into a Center for Career and Professional Development that connects career preparation, advising and alumni affairs. He created the Center for Assessment, Learning, Teaching and Technology to support improved learning outcomes assessment, instructional design and technologies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. With enhancements to the degree-completion advising program and the launch of a tracking and response system, he enabled greater student retention and graduation success, increasing the four-year graduation rate by 10 percent.
Prior to joining RWU, President Workman held several positions at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., including as a professor of history, dean of social sciences, associate provost for academic affairs and vice provost.
With a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and social theory earned in 1983 from New College of Florida, President Workman holds both master’s and doctoral degrees in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
He is an accomplished researcher with an extensive list of published works, many focused on history and policy from the United States during the President Franklin D. Roosevelt era. His teaching and research fields include 20th century U.S. history; intellectuals and public policy; labor history; African American history since Emancipation; and the history of the U.S. Supreme Court.