Carol Stabile named dean of Clark Honors College

Sent May 23, 2024

Dear UO faculty and staff colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce that Carol Stabile has been named dean of the Robert D. Clark Honors College. Carol has served as interim dean since 2020. She was selected following a national search with input from our incoming Provost and Senior Vice President Chris Long, as well as feedback from faculty, staff, and students at the honors college and others on campus who attended the search events.

Clark Honors College Dean Carol Stabile

Carol has propelled the honors college forward over the last four years as interim dean through collaborative and innovative programs. She joined the University of Oregon in 2008, initially serving for six years as director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society. She later served as head of the Department of Women and Gender Studies (now Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) and as interim divisional dean for social sciences and then associate dean for strategic initiatives in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The search committee and I were impressed by Carol's record of successful interdisciplinary collaborations across the schools and colleges. She implemented a new core faculty model in the honors college that combines the strength of CHC faculty fellows and the strengths of CHC career faculty, with both groups participating equally in faculty governance.

She has increased diversity in CHC hiring, with more than 80 percent of new staff hires and 50 percent of new faculty appointments from groups historically underrepresented in higher education. Likewise, she has increased the disciplinary diversity of the honors college by drawing faculty from music, art, journalism, law, and other areas of expertise on campus.

Provost Long observes that “Carol is a widely respected scholar and educator whose collaborative leadership stye has elevated the quality of the honors experience at the University of Oregon. I look forward to working with Carol when I arrive in June to further advance a culture of equity, belonging, and trust that will enhance undergraduate research, academic excellence, and interdisciplinary collaboration within the Clark Honors College and across the university.”

Carol holds master’s and doctoral degrees in English from Brown University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Mount Holyoke College. She has authored and edited numerous books and journal articles. I want to thank the search committee, chaired by Bruce Blonigen, the Edward Maletis Dean of the Lundquist College of Business, for their commitment to this important search.

Please join me in congratulating Carol on her permanent appointment as dean, which takes effect on May 22, 2024.


Karen Ford
Interim Provost and Senior Vice President