The Vice Provost of Academic Affairs is responsible for academic governance, defined as the orchestration of effort among those elements within an educational institution whose principal functions involve execution or direct support of instruction, curriculum design, maintenance of academic standards, or academic research so as to ensure fulfillment of the academic mission. The VPAA is the lead for Academic Rigor and (More Respect/Prestige) and serves as co-chair, with the Dean of the Army War College, of the Army Learning Coordination Council, Council of Colonels. The council co-chairs synchronize education activities across the Army and vet education initiatives for presentation to the Army Learning Coordination Council General Officer Steering Committee.
Colonel Craig S. Unrath was initially commissioned and served as an Aviation Officer (attack), from 1990-1998, serving as a Platoon Leader, Company Commander, and in numerous staff positions. Since receiving a modeling and simulation graduate degree in 2000, he has served as a FA57 Simulation Operations Officer. His FA57 assignments include the National Simulation Center Digital Integration Office, 1st Cavalry Division, Human Resources Command, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Aviation Center of Excellence Directorate of Simulation, and Army South.
Colonel Unrath recently served as the Director of the National Simulation Center and TRADOC Capability Manager for the Integrated Training Environment. Following that assignment in August 2016, he was reassigned to Army University as the Chief of the Learning Requirements Development Division until May 2017 when he was appointed Vice Provost for the Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.
Colonel Unrath possesses Masters Degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School (Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation), Army War College (Strategic Studies), and University of North Dakota (Aviation).