Roger Nathaniel Blais

Roger Blais, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Provost and Vice President for Academic AffairsProfessor of PhysicsCollins Hall 2140

As Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Roger Blais is the Chief Academic Officer of the University reporting directly to the President. He is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, the Collins College of Business, the College of Engineering and Naturals Sciences, the College of Law, the Graduate School, the Division of Lifelong Learning, the University School, Academic Publications (The James Joyce Quarterly, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, and Nimrod), Petroleum Abstracts, Broadcast Services (KWGS-KWTU), the Center for Global Education, the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Assessment, the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships and the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC), and the Office of Honors Programs and Faculty Development. He is responsible for development of the curriculum, the recruitment and development of faculty, assessment and accreditation, and the integrity of the academic enterprise. The fundamental measure of all duties is providing for the educational success of TU students in all programs.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • BA, Physics and French Literature, University of Minnesota, 1966
  • PhD, Experimental Physics, University of Oklahoma, 1971
  • Certificate in Computer Programming, Tulsa Junior College, 1981
  • Certificate in Business, University of California Los Angeles, 1986
  • Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University, 2000
  • Leadership Oklahoma, 2003

Areas of Research Focus

  • Experimental Low Density Plasmas (Gaseous Electronics)
  • Remote Sensing and Modeling of Atmospheric Pollution
  • Multiphase Flow Instrumentation
  • Artificial Lift Technology

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Instructor of Physics, Westark Community College, Fort Smith, AR,1971-72
  • Assistant Professor of Physics and Geophysical Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 1972-77
  • Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of Physics, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK 1977-Present
  • Associate Director, Tulsa University Artificial Lift Projects (TUALP), 1983-98
  • Chair of Physics Department, TU,1986-88
  • Vice Provost, TU, 1989-92 (Interim Provost 1990-91)
  • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, TU, 1998-Present

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Society
  • International Society of Automation, Fellow
    • Director of Test Measurement Division, 1995-97
    • Vice President for Automation and Technology, 2002-04
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Society of Engineering Education
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • American Geophysical Union
  • National Association of Professional Engineers
  • American Association of University Professors
  • New York Academy of Sciences

Courses Taught at TU

  • Astronomy (Physics 1093)
  • Classical Mechanics (Physics 4003)
  • Instrumentation Methods Laboratory (Physics 3122)
  • Introductory Physics I Lab (PHYS 1011)
  • Introductory Physics I (PHYS 1013)
  • Physics Instrumentation Laboratory (Physics 3112)