Contact: Nancy Uscher, 277-7601
Michael Padilla, 277-1816

May 30, 2001

Uscher appointed UNM Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Nancy Uscher has been appointed University of New Mexico associate provost for Academic Affairs, effective June 1, said Brian L. Foster, UNM provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Uscher said her plans as associate provost are to vastly improve the academic experience for undergraduates, to work with the branch campuses to foster effective communication and clear policies concerning curriculum and instruction issues and to explore opportunities for curricular innovation. She said she also plans to use a strategic approach for the advancement of both undergraduate and graduate programs at UNM and to work with faculty, students and administration in celebrating the great strengths of the University in the context of the new strategic plan.

Uscher has served as acting/interim associate provost for Academic Affairs since 1999. In addition, she served as associate/acting dean of University College from 1999 to 2000. As director of the Center for the Arts in Society for the Institute of Public Law, she served as administrator for the classical music concert series in the state women’s prison and was the executive producer for a four-part radio series on compact disc, “Music as Symbol of American Pluralism and Identity.”

From 1993-1997 she served as principal investigator for “Immersion in Music,” a private foundation to support public schools with music education and was co-project director for “Global Perspectives Through the Internet” from 1995-1998. She served as chairperson for the Department of Music from 1992-1994. In addition, she is a certified mediator for UNM’s Dispute Resolution Program. She is a professor of music and a faculty member in UNM’s Women Studies Program.

She has authored two books and many articles for a range of publications. Additionally, she has presented and performed at various conferences nationally and internationally.

Uscher received her Ph.D. from New York University. In addition to advanced study at The Juilliard School, she received her bachelor’s degree from Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, and a master’s degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and an A.R.C.M. from the Royal College of Music. She was an American Council on Education Fellow at Brown University during 1998-1999.

“Dr. Uscher is a great asset to the University of New Mexico,” Foster said. “She has done an outstanding job as interim associate provost for Academic Affairs and will continue to lead in this area.”

The associate provost for Academic Affairs oversees the Office of the Registrar, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS), Faculty Dispute Resolution and the Hewlett Program. Other responsibilities include teaching awards, outcomes assessment, course access and other innovative pilot curriculum projects.


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