IU Bloomington's Chief Academic Officer
Rahul Shrivastav is Provost and Executive Vice President of the Indiana University Bloomington campus, a position he assumed February 15, 2022.
“Rahul brings a wealth of related expertise, including extensive experience in student services, instruction, and research, as well as community service and outreach,” noted IU President Pamela Whitten. “Rahul’s experience, abilities, and energy will prove critical in providing the vision and momentum for a successful and welcoming campus.”
Throughout his career, Shrivastav has prioritized student learning. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses across a range of topics, including phonetics of American speech, speech disorders, neural bases of communication, and speech anatomy and physiology; mentored doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows at the University of Florida and Michigan State University; and hosted Fulbright fellows from India, Jordan, and Brazil.
Shrivastav previously served as Vice President for Instruction at the University of Georgia, where he oversaw 20 different offices and programs that support critical teaching and learning functions, as well as pandemic-related planning and implementation, student success initiatives, and critical research, innovation, and entrepreneurship programming and support. In that role, he was also part of the university’s executive leadership team as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Senior Advisory Group, and the provost’s leadership team, including its Academic Leadership Group. His planning, development, and implementation of student success initiatives led to significant improvements in external rankings; improved retention and graduation rates; and an increasingly accomplished, diverse student body.
Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Shrivastav was a professor and chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University, where he also directed the Voice and Speech Laboratory. There, he was responsible for oversight of all departmental faculty, budget, academic programs, facilities, students, external communications, and fundraising. He recruited new faculty, developed new research laboratories, and doubled the enrollment in the master’s graduate program.
Shrivastav served on the faculty at the University of Florida and directed its Voice Acoustics and Perception Laboratory and was a research scientist at the Malcom Randal VA Medical Center, where he was a part of the Oral-Motor Research Group within the Brain Rehabilitation Research Center. In 2007, he co-founded the start-up company Audigence, Inc. to commercialize some of the intellectual property developed by this research group. He has served as chief scientist and on the scientific advisory board for Audigence.
Shrivastav has received numerous awards and honors during his career, including the Colonel Allan R. and Margaret G. Crow Term Professorship at the University of Florida. In 2013, he was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The National Academy of Inventors elected him as a Fellow in 2020.
His research is focused on speech perception abilities and speech production deficits in people with various diseases. This work helps design better health care and commercial applications, measurement systems for treatment outcomes, improved hearing aids, cochlear implants and mobile phones, and assessment and screening tools for a variety of diseases.
The National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Florida High Tech Corridor Council, and Audigence, Inc., have all provided funding for Shrivastav’s research. He also serves several national and international professional organizations in various scientific, administrative, and executive roles.
Shrivastav’s undergraduate and graduate training are in speech and hearing sciences from the University of Mysore, India. He received his doctoral degree in speech and hearing sciences, with a minor in cognitive sciences, from IU Bloomington.