Shadow J.Q. Robinson, Ph.D.

Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Arkansas Fort Smith

I was born in rural eastern Kentucky in 1975, growing up two miles from the Virginia-Kentucky border, deep in Appalachia. I would enroll at the University of Kentucky full time at 16, earning two bachelor’s degrees with honors, one in Physics & Astronomy and the other in Mathematics. I was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa among other academic honor societies and attended Rutgers University, completing my PhD in theoretical nuclear physics in 2002.

I have held faculty positions at Lexington Community College, Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana and Millsaps College.

In 2018, I became the Dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Martin. In this role, I helped lead the design and construction of the new Latimer Engineering and Science building ($65 million, 120,000sq. ft.).

In 2022, I joined the University of Arkansas Fort Smith as Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. As the chief academic officer, I helped the School of Education launch a new bachelor’s degree program that enrolled over 70 students in its first year and helped set strategic directions for the marketing of academic offerings of the University. I led the team that wrote the new mission statement for the University, played a vital role in developing the university’s new strategic plan, and oversaw expanding our nursing programs as we seek to fill an immediate regional and national need for healthcare. Working with our fundraising team, I have helped the campus raise initial funds to support a Center for Teaching and Learning to support our strategic aims as a university.

I write a 50,000-word novel each November as part of National Novel Writing Month and my fondness for sports, art, and music have mostly intensified even as my career aspirations drifted farther from them all. I enjoy travel and adventures with my wife and muse, Jennifer and our time with our family: her daughter Dylan and my son Elijah, are the most joyful pages in the story we are writing together.