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Academic Innovation

About Academic Innovation, Outreach and Research 

Under the guidance of the Assistant Provost for Academic Innovation, Outreach and Research, the Division of Academic Affairs creates possibilities and accelerates a wide array of initiatives that assist students, staff, and faculty with enabling new ways of thinking and working as they conduct their work and serve their audiences. A key objective of this work is to aid the university community by offering innovations that produce non-credit, credit-bearing, and professional skills training to actualize ideas and opportunities both academically and professionally. 

To accomplish this, the Assistant Provost engages with internal and external stakeholders in the creation of educational experiences that prepare students for successful careers, meaningful lives, and continuous learning. These opportunities are expanded by enhancing the University’s portfolio of in-demand credentials by serving as a connector of academic programs and services with community colleges, government, business and industry, advisory boards, all while deepening relationships with colleges, schools, academic departments, and faculty across the university.  



  • Increase the number of proposals submitted and the annual funding acquired for support of research and other sponsored programs by 5% each year  
  • Develop and enhance external partnerships that promote academic innovation and creativity in the teaching and learning process for faculty and students. 
  • Enhance the number of partnerships with community colleges, government agencies, businesses, and industries to strengthen the University outreach initiatives.

The mission of the Office of Undergraduate   at Lincoln University is to promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship in all disciplines across the campus. 

It is important to make research an integral part of the undergraduate experience at Lincoln University, working to become a premier resource for undergraduate research both at Lincoln University and nationally.  

The Security Sciences Institute is aL nexus of certification, education, and training opportunities extended to emergency services populations throughout central Missouri. It serves as a platform for the integration of private and public efforts to advance the quality of first responders, law enforcement, and emergency personnel throughout the state. This will be accomplished through high-quality instruction utilizing innovative curriculum delivery to learning groups including K-12, undergraduates, and advancing/transitioning professionals. The program is supported by a network of internal and external stakeholders including all Lincoln University colleges, the Missouri Department of Public Safety and associated agencies, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Lincoln University State Employment Academy represents an innovative approach to integrating education, training, and workforce development within the State of Missouri. The program framework consists of a two-semester credit bearing certification program developed cooperatively between Lincoln University (LU), multiple Missouri state agencies, and the private sector. Based upon an individual’s performance in the first semester of the program, they may then be offered an opportunity to directly enter an internship program at a partnering agency or company. Through the pairing of soft skills instruction, job specific training, and internship programming LU seeks to assist program partners in filling high demand positions with qualified and committed employees. Not only will this program develop streamlined workforce pathways for potential state employees, but it will do so through the promotion of individuals from the minority and underrepresented populations that Lincoln University most directly serves. Through advancement of a well-trained and diverse labor pool Lincoln University will contribute directly to the mission and vision of Missouri’s workforce development efforts.

Page Library serves as the foundation for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research efforts across Lincoln University. It provides a wealth of research databases and materials that support both internal and external partners in the promotion of innovative research agendas. Page Library also serves as a nexus for interdisciplinary collaboration while also serving as a foundational component of the development of learning and teaching skills for students and faculty, respectively. The library is an essential component of Lincoln University’s commitment to the development of substantive private and public partnerships designed to support the educational experience of its undergraduate and graduate students.


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Darius Watson, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost for Academic Innovation, Outreach & Research