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James DeVaney

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Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education & Innovation, University of Michigan

James is the Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education & Innovation at the University of Michigan where he provides strategic and operational leadership for the Office of Digital Education & Innovation (DEI) which includes the DEI Venture Fund as well as three labs operating at the intersection of digital learning and learning analytics: the Digital Education & Innovation Lab (DEIL), the Learning, Education & Design Lab (LED), and the Digital Innovation Greenhouse (DIG). DEI is committed to helping redefine public residential education through the creative use of digital learning and learning analytics in order to unlock engaged, personalized, and lifelong learning for the University of Michigan community and beyond.

James partners with academic leadership, faculty innovators, and instructional teams across campus to investigate new opportunities, find pathways to scale, and institutionalize learning from DEI initiatives. James leads strategic initiatives and partnerships and is responsible for making strategic investments in curricular innovation, learning analytics, and digital infrastructure at scale. He is dedicated to efforts that transform the residential experience, engage lifelong learners, amplify academic strengths and scholarship, and remove barriers to multidisciplinary learning while testing and challenging assumptions about teaching and learning.

Prior to his role at U-M, James was a senior director at a management consulting firm where he co-founded the firm’s Global Education and Digital Education practices. Previously, he lived in the United Arab Emirates where he established the firm’s presence in the MENA region. James has worked with more than 50 universities in more than 15 countries across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Australia, and North America, including: Cornell University, Georgetown University, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Imperial College London, Indiana University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Monash University, Northwestern University, Tufts University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Warwick, University of Wisconsin System, and Yale University. In addition to world-class research universities, James has worked with startup colleges and universities, new educational ventures and international branch campuses, national libraries, museums, K-12 focused nonprofits, think-tanks, and other social enterprise organizations.

He is a graduate of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan where he earned a Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Business Administration. James has visited more than 250 universities around the world and is focused on opportunities which enable lifelong, personalized, and engaged learning.