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The Office of the Provost

The Vice President for Academic Affairs

Carol Graney is the chief academic officer of the University of the Arts, responsible for academic policies and activities across the university. The vice president for academic affairs oversees the deans of the colleges and all academic support units.

Senior Academic Officers

Carol Graney

Vice President for Academic Affairs
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Kikau Alvaro

Theater - Musical Theater (BFA)
Interim Dean, School of Theater
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Donna Faye Burchfield

Dean, School of Dance
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Erin Elman

Dean, Graduate & Professional Studies
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Kevin Haden

Dean, School of Music

Dean, School of Music
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Emily Mattingly

Program Director, Critical Studies and First Year Writing
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Sheryl Oring

Dean, School of Art
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Susan Skoog

Screenwriting (BFA)
Interim Dean, School of Film
Mark Tocchet
Mark Tocchet

Dean, School of Design

Provost's Office Staff

Tracy Bartholomew
Director for Learning Assessment

Mary Berman
Director for Academic Operations

Nancy Burlan
Executive Assistant

Michelle Wall
Director for Academic Affairs


Academic Committees


Members of the University of the Arts community can enter the UArts Portal for more information. Full descriptions of each committee, as well as their specific charges, can be found in the University Governance Manual.

Below are descriptions of each committee.

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University Curriculum Committee

The University Curriculum Committee (UCC) reviews and makes recommendations to the provost/vp for academic affairs for approval of curricular changes and innovations. The UCC is responsible for considering the impact curricular changes and innovations will have on the University.

University Promotion Committee

The University Promotion Committee (UPC) reviews and evaluates the candidacies of all full-time faculty for promotion in rank through procedures and policies defined in the Faculty Handbook, and makes recommendations to the provost/vp for academic affairs. The committee also provides a forum for discussions of policy concerning faculty appointments.

Faculty Council

The Faculty Council has primary responsibility for representing the views of the faculty to the president and the provost/vp for academic affairs and for advocating for faculty interests and welfare, including salaries, benefits, and sabbaticals; faculty development; and general personnel and intra-University communication, as they affect the faculty. The Faculty Council establishes its own organizational structure, selects its own leadership, and establishes its own meeting schedules and agendas, governed by its own by-laws. Each semester the council will hold at least one meeting that is open to all University faculty.