About the Vice President
Division of Research and Strategic Innovation
Dr. Pam Northrup was appointed in January 2017 as the inaugural vice president of the new Division of Research and Strategic Innovation. As vice president, she provides executive leadership to enhance and support the mission of the University. Dr. Northrup also serves as the CEO of the UWF Innovation Institute and has ultimate responsibility for the Florida Virtual Campus.
Dr. Northrup served as the Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies from 2010-2013, leading the college through several accreditations as well as initiating high-impact programs for faculty and students. She also served as senior associate provost of academic innovation (2006-2016) with oversight of the Division of Continuing Education, the Military and Veterans Resource Center and the UWF Online Campus. She was appointed in 2003 to develop the University of West Florida’s distance learning model and stand up the Academic Technology Center that now serves over 30 percent of the university’s student population.
As the CEO of the UWF Innovation Institute, launched in 2013 in downtown Pensacola, she was tasked with creating a "second set of rails" at UWF, one that fast tracks ideas, processes and new ways of thinking, both within UWF and externally to all of the communities we serve, enabling a focus on core issues and rapid movement to resolution. The Institute has grown significantly and now works locally, at the state level and globally with a team of innovators, storytellers, designers, researchers and digital experts.
As vice president, Dr. Northrup works to develop and nurture a climate supporting innovative, interdisciplinary, team-focused problem solving and to elevate big ideas moving them from incubation to action. She also focuses on creating innovative programs targeting trends in the global, regional and social environment to ensure UWF is on the forefront of online learning, research and economic development. Finally, her work promotes public-private partnership initiatives that will enhance the culture and the economies in our communities, state and beyond.
Dr. Northrup received her doctorate in educational research/instructional systems from Florida State University. She earned her master’s degree in instructional design/educational technology from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Florida.