Academic Affairs

Linda Vaden-Goad

Welcome to the website for Framingham State University's Office of Academic Affairs! Please feel free to read about our academic departments, the majors, concentrations and minors we offer, and the academic opportunities that are available to you as a student at Framingham State University.  I think you will find that a spirit of transformation, momentum and optimism characterizes the educational opportunities and related extracurricular activities at Framingham State.  It is important to note that our university has a vision and set of core values that we take seriously and live by, and we are excited about the transformations that occur when we work together with common purpose.

Our faculty are scholars who educate with a passion that comes not only from loving their subject matter, but also from the excitement and joy of learning, discovery and sharing that knowledge and process. Our professors encourage their students to be active partners in learning, and they incorporate the use of numerous strategies that enable a vigorous learning process (enriching travel and short trips, relevant technologies, interdisciplinary study, joint research and creative activities, professionalizing experiences).  We are an institution that cares about and values high-quality teaching, learning and discovery.

Our faculty are professionals, engaged with their disciplines as both scholars and practitioners. In addition to their publications and presentations at professional conferences, many of our faculty practice their disciplines through public service. For example, Framingham State has established seven centers and institutes where faculty, staff and top students provide professional outreach to the community. To us, these centers and institutes are the “pulse points” of our university community. They include the (1) Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Education and Teaching Excellence, (2) MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC), (3) John Stalker Institute for Food and Nutrition, (4) Center for Global Education, (5) MetroWest Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Pipeline Center, (6) Center for Social Research, and (7) Institute for Food Science, Technology and Nutritional Biochemistry.  We also have an exciting and recognized Honors Program that is one of the designated Commonwealth Honors Programs in Massachusetts. Finally, we have an Office of International Education that is vigorous and ready to help as you consider studying abroad.

Students will find many opportunities to involve themselves in their education – from research experiences under the tutelage of our faculty, internships and field experiences, to a wealth of co-curricular and extracurricular activities that offer leadership opportunities, the chance to pursue and develop interests, and, of course, the settings to connect with other students, faculty, and staff.  Across the campus, there is support for student learning and success, whether it is with our faculty, our Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA), our Career Services and Employer Relations Office, our Counseling Center, and in our Library.  Come in!  Join us!

I hope these Web pages will provide the information you seek on the people and programs that make up Framingham State University. We are a true community that is growing and changing, and we look forward to working with you.  If we can answer any questions for you, please contact us!


Linda Vaden-Goad, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Phone:  508-626-4582


100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220

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