Author Profile

James DeVaney | Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, University of Michigan

Current Position and Past Experience
James DeVaney is the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan. In this role, James provides leadership for academic innovation at U-M. He leads the Office of Academic Innovation (AI) and strategic initiatives that span the university. James provides strategic and operational leadership for AI, including the Academic Innovation Labs (AI Labs), Academic Innovation Fund (AIF), and the Academic Innovation at Michigan (AIM) series. The three AI Labs - the Digital Education & Innovation Lab (DEIL), the Digital Innovation Greenhouse (DIG), and the Gameful Learning Lab (GLL) - operate together at the intersection of curricular innovation, technology, and learning analytics in order to create a culture of innovation in learning. AI is shaping the future of learning at a 21st century research university and redefining public residential education. In his role overseeing AI, James is focused on creating catalysts for academic innovation and fostering personalized, engaged, and lifelong learning within the U-M community and around the world. James is also responsible for U-M’s strategic partnerships with Coursera and edX.

Prior to his role at U-M, James was a senior director at Huron Consulting Group where he co-founded the firm’s Global Education and Digital Education practices. Previously, he lived in the United Arab Emirates where he established the firm’s presence in the MENA region. James has worked with more than 50 universities in more than 15 countries across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Australia, and North America, including: Cornell University, Georgetown University, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Imperial College London, Indiana University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Monash University, Northwestern University, Tufts University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Warwick, University of Wisconsin System, and Yale University. In addition to world-class research universities, James has worked with startup colleges and universities, new educational ventures and international branch campuses, national libraries, museums, K-12 focused nonprofits, think-tanks, and other social enterprise organizations.

Education, Honors and Achievements
DeVaney is a graduate of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan where he earned a Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Connect
You can find DeVaney on Twitter @devaneygoblue .
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