As the chief academic officer for the university, the provost provides leadership for matters that affect academic programs, research, and outreach involving faculty members, students, and staff members. The provost oversees the quality of programs of instruction and research through collaborative work with vice presidents, academic deans, vice provosts, and numerous other units related to the university. Additionally, the provost is responsible for overseeing academic and budgetary planning and priorities.
Dean, School of Law
Marcilynn Burke joined the university as dean of the School of Law in July 2017. Prior to her deanship, Burke was an associate dean and associate professor of law at the University of Houston. Burke served under President Barack Obama as acting assistant secretary for land and minerals management and at the US Department of the Interior as deputy director for programs and policy at the Bureau of Land Management. Burke received her bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her law degree from Yale Law School.
David Conover joined the University of Oregon as the vice president for research and innovation in August 2016. Prior to coming to UO he was the vice president for research at Stony Brook University, where he previously served as dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and as professor of Marine Science. Conover has authored over 125 publications on the ecology and evolution of marine fishes, and his research has been supported for over 30 years by NSF, NOAA, and various private foundations.
Brad Foley has served as dean and professor of saxophone at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance since September 2002. Prior to his appointment at the UO, Foley served as dean and assistant dean of the School of Music at East Carolina University during a 23-year tenure at that institution, and at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. He has served as a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music and was recently elected to serve on the NASM Commission on Accreditation beginning in 2015.
Dennis C. Galvan is vice provost for international affairs, interim dean of undergraduate studies, and professor in the political science and international studies departments at the University of Oregon. Galvan joined the UO international studies and political science departments in July 2001. In the first four years of his career he benefitted enormously from the camaraderie and mentorship of the University of Florida political science department and african studies center, but the call to return home to the West Coast proved too strong to resist. He received his BA from Stanford University in 1987 and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996.
Jane Gordon is vice provost for UO Portland. Prior to her appointment in Portland she served as a senior project leader for the Office of Academic Affairs, working on the faculty union contract and shared governance policy implementation. She spent more than 25 years in leadership positions in the School of Law, building and leading the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center and serving as associate dean for student and program affairs.
Interim Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Sara Hodges is interim vice provost and dean of the Graduate School and professor of psychology. Hodges joined the Department of Psychology in 1995 after receiving her undergraduate degree from Rhodes College and her PhD from the University of Virginia. Prior to her appointment as interim dean, Hodges served for two years as associate dean of the Graduate School. She previously served as department head and director of graduate studies in psychology. Hodges is a social cognition researcher who studies the relationship between the self and other people, with a particular interest in perspective taking, interpersonal understanding, and social comparison.
Randy Kamphaus came to the University of Oregon from Georgia, where he spent most of his career on the faculty of the University of Georgia, having served as a distinguished research professor, department head, clinic director, and an academic program coordinator, among other roles. He subsequently served as dean of the College of Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Kamphaus' work has focused on clinical test development, child psychodiagnostics, and classification methods.
Adriene Lim is the dean of libraries and Phillip H. Knight Chair. Lim joined the university from Oakland University in Michigan where she served as chief administrative officer for the school's main Kresge Library and Medical Library. Previously, she was at Portland State University, holding positions that included interim university librarian, associate university librarian, and head of library technologies. Lim earned a bachelor of fine arts degree and a master’s degree in library and information science from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She received a doctorate in library and information science from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Christoph Lindner is professor and dean of the College of Design and honorary research professor in cultural analysis at the University of Amsterdam. Previously, he was professor of media and culture at the University of Amsterdam, where he launched and directed the ASCA Cities Project and served as founding director of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis. From 2010-2014, he was also director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, a research institute and doctoral school focused on the interdisciplinary study of contemporary society, politics, and culture. In his research and teaching, he is particularly interested in the interrelations between cities, globalization, and issues of political ecology, sustainability, and creative practice, which he approaches from a comparative, transnational perspective.
W. Andrew Marcus, Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences, oversees the operations of 41 academic departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. In his 13-year career at the University of Oregon, Marcus has served as head of the Department of Geography (2008-11) and associate dean for social sciences (2011-13). He served as acting dean in 2013 and interim dean from 2014-2016 when he was named Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences. Marcus is a professor of geography whose research focuses on human impacts on rivers and the use of remote sensing technology to map and understand rivers. He earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University, a master's degree from Arizona State University, and a PhD in geography from University of Colorado.
Vice Provost for Information Services and Chief Information Officer
Jessie Minton is the University of Oregon's chief information officer, responsible for IT services and strategy throughout the university. As the vice provost for Information Services, she also oversees IS, the UO's central IT department. Minton joined the university from Oregon Health & Science University, where she served as director of business operations and technical support services in the school's central IT organization. She previously worked at Yahoo! as a senior manager in their search marketing and small business units. Minton earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology with a minor in business administration at the UO and a master's degree in management and organizational leadership at Warner Pacific College.
Edwin L. Artzt Dean,
School of Journalism and Communication
Juan-Carlos Molleda is a tenured professor and the Edwin L. Artzt Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. He is also a US Fulbright Senior Specialist. Molleda has accumulated 21 years of experience teaching and researching public relations and communication management at the University of Florida (2000–2016), University of South Carolina (1997–2000), and Radford University (1995–1997).
Edward Maletis Dean, Lundquist College of Business
Sarah Nutter joined the university in January 2017 as the first Edward Maletis Dean of the Lundquist College of Business. Nutter previously served as dean of the School of Business at George Mason University. She is a professor of accounting and has more than three decades of experience in teaching and research. Nutter earned a BS from Ferris State University, an MBA from Michigan State University, and a PhD in accounting from Michigan State University.