Furman has two associate provosts who support the university's academic and administrative operations.

Beth Pontari

Beth Pontari

Associate Provost for Engaged Learning

Dr. Pontari's primary role is to support the creation, maintenance, coordination, promotion, assessment, funding and tracking of engaged learning activities that include but are not limited to undergraduate research, internships, engaged living, and study away experiences. She oversees the assessment and inventory of engaged learning activities and has the charge of establishing the processes to determine which engaged learning opportunities-traditional and nontraditional-constitute high-impact learning  experiences – with the goal of expanding our definition of engaged learning. She also assists faculty and staff in determining which engaged learning opportunities are most effective for students at different stages of their academic pathways and continues to work to expand student access to high impact engaged learning activities. Dr. Pontari is also a professor of Psychology.


John Wheeler

John Wheeler

Associate Provost for Integrative Science

John Wheeler is the Associate Provost for Integrative Science at Furman and has been a faculty member in the Chemistry Department since 1991. A recipient of the South Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, he has also received Furman’s Meritorious Advising Award and the Henry Keith and Ellen Hard Townes Professorship. He has mentored more than 130 undergraduates and seventeen M.S. students conducting research in bioanalytical chemistry, publishing thirty articles at Furman as supported through grants from NSF, ACS-PRF, Research Corporation, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. He has been named as a Project Kaleidoscope Faculty Member for the 21st Century and a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar.

Beyond his personal research efforts, Dr. Wheeler has directed Furman’s INBRE program since 2005 and developed Furman’s Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences in 2008, where he has served as the principal investigator (PI) for over $8.5M in programmatic awards from NIH-IDeA, NSF S-STEM, NSF RII, HHMI, Merck/AAAS, and the Sherman Fairchild Foundation. He and his wife, Dr. Sandy Wheeler, currently collaborate on research projects with faculty at Furman, Dr. Julia Brumaghim at Clemson University, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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