Valerie Martin Conley

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Valerie Martin Conley

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Idaho State University

As provost and vice president for academic affairs, Valerie Martin Conley is Idaho State’s chief academic officer, overseeing units that directly impact instructional, academic and research programs. She previously served as dean of the College of Education, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs and chair of the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at Ohio University, where she also taught courses on institutional research, assessment, management of higher education and policy.

A nationally recognized university administrator, higher education researcher, author and professor, Conley has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Virginia and Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech.

Professional Achievements

  • Served on the board of directors for the Association for Institutional Research and chaired the association's Higher Education Data Policy Committee.
  • Received the Ohio University Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award.
  • Served as consulting editor for Community College Review and on the editorial review board of Innovative Higher Education.


March 2016
U.S. colleges and universities have indeed increased faculty diversity over the past 20 years, but most gains have been off the tenure track.
January 2008
Changing student characteristics require that higher education not only replace current faculty as they retire, but also regenerate the faculty workforce for the 21st century.
July 2008
The current economic downturn has raised awareness of particular challenges faced by colleges and universities, which may find themselves facing increased demand for their services at precisely the same time that they are most challenged for financial resources.