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Academic Leadership

Emma J. Zone, Ed.D.

Vice Provost

Houston, TX

Dedicated Administrator. Passionate Educator.


  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Argosy University (2013)
  • MA, English, DePaul University (2007)
  • MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois (2002)
  • BA, English, University of Michigan (2000)


Dr. Emma Zone is Vice Provost of Colorado Technical University. In the Vice Provost role, Dr. Zone focuses on cultivating cross-functional collaboration to impact student success, while also enhancing the faculty experience and leading classroom innovation efforts. She is the Chair of the Academic Leadership Committee and also serves on CTU’s Student Conduct Committee.

Dr. Zone came to CTU in 2014 as the Vice President of Academic Operations, with a background of over 15 years as an educator and administrator. Dr. Zone has worked both on-ground and online within the higher education sector as an adjunct faculty member, Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean, and Associate Dean. Before entering the higher education sphere, Dr. Zone served as an educator at the secondary school level.

Dr. Zone’s professional interests include student success initiatives, faculty engagement and development, innovation with educational technology solutions, and leadership development. In addition to her role as Vice Provost, Dr. Zone also serves as a member of CTU faculty.

Throughout her tenure in higher education administration, Dr. Zone has focused on leading improvement within first year experience, faculty engagement and student outreach strategies, and quality assurance in online programs.

Academic Specialization/Focus at CTU

Academic Leadership

CTU embodies what I am passionate about, which is providing access to innovative, high-quality educational programs that have the potential to impact our students’ and graduates’ lives in a meaningful way. Each day, I get the opportunity to work on projects that impact students, faculty and staff in a way that allows me to live our mission at CTU!

In my years as an educator, my teaching philosophy has remained consistent: Create meaningful connections with students and course content that keep the end goal in mind. Everything I do in my classroom serves a purpose and nothing is done by accident. That philosophy transcends all of my teaching experiences, from my time teaching high school to today. I believe that good teaching comes from purpose, planning and passion.

I am passionate about my family. I have three very active children, so I spend a lot of time cheering them on in their various extracurricular activities. Our family loves sports, and I am a big fan of college football. Outside of those activities, I love to read both fiction and non-fiction, so my Kindle is packed with books!

  • Zone, E.J. & Troka, T. (2015). Online student success trifecta: Curricular, advising and faculty collaboration. Instructional Technology Council Newsletter. Retrieved from

  • Zone, E.J. (2013). The relationship of perceived organizational support, job satisfaction, and years of online teaching experience to work engagement among online undergraduate adjunct faculty members (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest/UMI. (3570880)

  • Lifetime Certification: College Achievement Alliance Trainer (2014)
  • EDMC Executive Development Program, Top Gun Award (2013)
  • Outstanding American Teacher Award, National Honor Roll (2006)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA)
  • Student retention and completion
  • Educational technology
  • Organizational engagement