Jamie Comstock, Butler University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2008, has asked to step down to join the College of Communication faculty, where she will teach in the Strategic Communication and the Organizational Communication and Leadership programs.
She also will continue to author her Advancing the Higher Education Agenda blog.
Throughout her career, Comstock has been a successful contributor to curricular reform, enrollment growth, and budgetary discipline through a collaborative style of leadership.
At Butler, she was the primary mover behind the creation of the College of Communication, Butler’s sixth college. She also promoted professional development opportunities for faculty, gender equity, curriculum reform, stronger student retention through engagement, and facilitation of international student and faculty exchanges.
Comstock came to Butler from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. Before Millikin, she was vice president and dean of the college and a tenured professor of communication at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. She also has held various administrative and faculty positions with the School for Professional Studies at Saint Louis University (St. Louis, Mo.), as well as with the University of West Florida (Pensacola, Fla.).
Comstock began her academic career as a lecturer in the Department of Communications at Illinois State University (Normal, Ill.) where she taught public relations courses.
Comstock earned a bachelor of science degree in mass communication/public relations, as well as a master of science degree from Illinois State University. She received her doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Comstock is an active scholar and is the author of several academic texts and essays on communication and academic leadership.