Message from Cheryl Nixon, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Students & families

Cheryl Nixon, Provost

Welcome to Fort Lewis College! FLC is a place where your intellectual horizons are wide open, matching our inspiring mountain vistas and boundless blue sky.

As Provost, I oversee the academics of the college and it is my pleasure to welcome you to your academic adventure. Our fantastic faculty not only help you set the compass for your intellectual journey, but are your partner travelers, working with you as you forge your unique academic pathway. Take a look at our FLC strategic plan, and our Academic Affairs strategic plan implementation roadmap, and you will see that we are committed to:

  • student-centered teaching
  • active, experiential learning
  • small classes that create a community of learners
  • place-based courses that take advantage of our spectacular location
  • undergraduate research and creative activity featuring independent projects
  • committed faculty that provide academic mentorship

I encourage you to learn more about our three schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, and School of Education In each school, you will find a wealth of exciting majors and minors, inspiring courses, and innovative programs. You will find academic experiences that awaken your curiosity, encouraging you to ask new questions and discover new answers. And, most importantly, you will find dedicated faculty that will help you to shape a meaningful college career that both challenges and supports you.

One of our most important goals is to connect you to a "community of care." We provide a wide range of resources to ensure your success, including tutoring (peer education), advising, career and life design, undergraduate research, counseling, recreational services--and more! See our full resource guide: Resources for Student Success and Support. 

Faculty & staff

Thank you for all that you do to serve our students and guide them on their academic quest for knowledge. I am proud to serve our vibrant community of educators, working with you on our goals of academic access, excellence, equity, and achievement. It is exciting to come together to imagine and implement new models of student-centered education. This webpage contains materials that aim to support and guide you throughout your FLC career; please check back for new materials as we continue to update the site.

We value the full, open, and transparent sharing of ideas that will move Fort Lewis College forward. Faculty and staff are welcome to join into our Campus Conversations about retention, our "Community of Care," housing issues, faculty and staff compensation--and more. Agendas, notes, and recording of sessions are available on our CAS-protected site: Campus Conversations

Due to your hard work, Fort Lewis College is experiencing great success. Our initiatives and programs have garnered national attention. For example, please see:

Brief Biography

Cheryl Nixon serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fort Lewis College, a position she started in July 2019. Prior to arriving at FLC, she served as Associate Provost at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she was previously Chair of the Department of English. Her career has been dedicated to serving diverse students by developing programming that features experiential learning, cohort-based projects, and community collaborations. At FLC, she has overseen the creation of an Academic Hub focused on student success and the launch of a nursing program that features Indigenous approaches to health. At UMass Boston, she directed student-centered partnerships with the Boston Public Library and Boston Mayor's Office. Her research focuses on the invention of the novel in the eighteenth century, and her books and articles compare the early novel's representation of the family to manuscript legal cases. She earned her B.A. in English and Political Science from Tufts University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Harvard University.