Vice Provost of Equity, Inclusion, and Faculty Excellence

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Sheila Smith McKoy Ph.D.

Vice Provost of Equity, Inclusion, and Faculty Excellence

Sheila Smith McKoy is Vice Provost of Equity, Inclusion and Faculty Excellence. Dr. Smith McKoy leads the university’s efforts in advancing ADEI (Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion), shared governance, and other strategic diversity initiatives for the university. She is responsible for assuring that USF’s commitment to inclusiveness is reflected in the faculty experience, including faculty development, recruitment, retention. Dr. Smith McKoy works with schools and colleges on teaching excellence, research and creative endeavor, tenure and promotion of faculty and librarians. She also partners on initiatives and programs focused on student inclusiveness, diversity and belonging.

Prior to joining USF, Dr. Smith McKoy served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Holy Names University. She also served academic leadership positions at Kennesaw State University, North Carolina State University, and Vanderbilt University. As a consultant, she also worked with universities, colleges, and community colleges to build and support equity processes. In addition to her work as a higher education leader, she is a scholar, poet, fiction writer and filmmaker.


To view Dr. Smith McKoy's curriculum vitae, please click here.  

Departments and initiatives

The Vice Provost of Equity, Inclusion, and Faculty Excellence oversees the following departments and initiatives:

Ignatian Pedagogy and Inclusive Teaching

We are pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural USF Ignatian Pedagogy and Inclusive Teaching (IPIT), a formation program for new faculty and librarians. The IPIT is designed to enable faculty and librarians who are new to USF to engage with Ignatian Pedagogy within the broader context of Catholic intellectual traditions. The USF IPIT program will foster exploration of the meaning and impact of Jesuit education and pedagogy in conversation with other relevant wisdom traditions. USF IPIT is a  collaborative project of the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Vice Provost of Equity, Inclusion and Faculty Excellence, and the Tracy Seely Center for Teaching Excellence.  The USF IPIT goals are to:

  1. Welcome all new faculty and librarians and build a community of teacher scholars at USF.
  2. Offer a virtual asynchronous option as well as an in-person cohort, so that all faculty and librarians can participate, including those at our campuses in Orange County and Sacramento.
  3. Focus specifically on teaching practices as a means to foster student success and engagement.

The USF IPIT weaves together diverse, multifaith and multicultural traditions to provide a uniquely USF approach to pedagogical development, and focused on the following learning outcomes:

  1. Integrate a foundational knowledge of Jesuit history and principles, Ignatian Pedagogy, and USF's social justice mission.
  2. Discuss Ignatian Pedagogy’s alignment with  decolonial, antiracist and inclusive pedagogies from multiple traditions.
  3. Apply the process of discernment in the Jesuit tradition in their work as faculty and librarians.
  4. Examine decolonial pedagogy, anti-racist pedagogy, and Indigenous Pedagogy in relationship to cura personalis.

Access Frequently Asked Questions for IPIT mentors by clicking here


New Faculty Orientation

Access videos and materials for the following departments via this link:

  • Accounting & Business Services
  • Book Store
  • Gleeson Library|Geschke Center
  • Health Promotion Services (HPS)
  • Help Desk
  • Human Resources
  • Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice
  • Learning, Writing, and Speaking Centers
  • Sharp Copy/Print Program Services
  • Off-Campus Student Services
  • Office of Assessment and Accreditation Services (OAAS)
  • One Card
  • Public Safety
  • Recreational Sports/Koret Center
  • Registrar
  • Simple Syllabus
  • Office of Community Living and Student Housing
  • Jesuit Foundation Grants

Office Hours and Contact Information

Staff, faculty, librarians and students are invited to book an appointment to talk to Dr. Smith McKoy during her weekly Office Hours. For other inquires, please contact Ifeoma Nzerem at or 415-422-7472.

Vice Provost Organizational Chart

Organizational Chart (PDF)