Senior Advisor to the Provost, Special Projects

Connie Yowell is senior advisor to the Provost for special projects. She previously served as senior vice chancellor for educational innovation, where she led the university’s Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research, the University Honors Program, Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, Employer Engagement and Career Design, the Global Experience Office, Peer Tutoring, Self-Authored Integrated Learning, and the PreMed and PreHealth Advising Program. Before joining Northeastern University, Yowell served as executive vice president of Southern New Hampshire University where she oversaw community engagement and outreach, with a focus on engineering a stackable, personalized learning approach for low-income, first-generation learners.

Yowell began her career as an associate professor at the University of Illinois after serving as a policy analyst in the New York City school system and the U.S. Department of Education. Her research and policy work have focused on the deep disparities in local and federal education systems, particularly for African American and Latinx students, and she has written prolifically on the impact of educational policies and equity on student outcomes. Yowell holds a PhD in child and adolescent development from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.