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Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Carol A. Parker

Associate Provost of Academic Personnel

Carol A. Parker ImageCarol A. Parker has served as Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs since May of 2014. She previously served as Associate Provost for Academic Personnel.   Parker's portfolio of duties include working to build faculty strength and responding to individual faculty and administrative personnel requests for support and guidance, in addition to providing strategic leadership for special initiatives.  Responsibilities include:

  • providing oversight and guidance for academic personnel administration and ensuring consistency across disciplines in main campus schools, colleges and branch campuses
  • participating in assessment and award of faculty benefits such as leaves, supplemental salary components, and equity compensation adjustments
  • assisting in resolution of faculty grievances and in monitoring of investigations of complaints
  • coordinating Academic Affairs’ faculty recruitment and retention efforts including support of recruitment, hiring and appointment of diverse and innovative faculty, retention and advancement of academic personnel, and upholding University standards of ethics, integrity and compliance with institutional policy and regulations
  • developing and supporting initiatives which include addressing equity issues for academic personnel, interdisciplinary appointments, and increasing under-represented groups in key disciplines
  • serving on the Faculty Senate Policy Committee in an ex officio capacity and participating in the development of new policies and procedures that impact academic personnel including those pertaining to hiring, ranks and titles, and the award of Faculty Handbook benefits

In addition she provides oversight providing oversight and direction to the Faculty Contracts and Services Office (FCSO), the Counseling Assistance & Referral Service department (CARS), and UNM Ombuds/Dispute Resolution Services for Faculty. Additional departments under her purview include the Spanish Colonial Research Center, KUNM, Harwood Museum and UNM Press.

Parker holds the rank of Professor of Law at the UNM School of Law; has faculty government experience and a broad understanding of the concepts and processes of shared governance; a record of working to develop policies to improve the UNM experience for faculty, students and staff; and nearly a decade of higher education administrative experience at UNM including academic personnel administration and human resources management. At the Law School she served as Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, and prior to that as Associate Dean for Law Library and Information Technology. This work together with broad administrative experience in other areas including budgeting, finance, information technology, academic publishing and libraries provides her with extensive knowledge of UNM academic policies and procedures, as well as UNM administrative and business policies and procedures.

Parker’s higher education administrative experience was enhanced by a year spent as a Fellow of the American Council on Education (2012-2013) in a leadership development program that included an extended placement in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost at Arizona State University. As an ACE Fellow Parker visited more than two dozen college campuses, foundations, state agencies and non-profits around the country; worked on special projects for the UNM Office of the President; and examined a wide range of topics relevant to large public universities engaged in very high levels of research. Her Fellowship studies included strategic planning; fundraising; institutional research and predictive analytics; educational innovations such as competency-based education, online degree programs and adaptive learning technology; enrollment management strategies; e-advising systems; the research mission; technology transfer and economic development; diversity; globalization; and athletics.

She is a recipient of UNM Law’s Keleher & McLeod Professorship in recognition of her teaching, scholarship and service. She serves as an accreditation site inspector for the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. She is licensed to practice law in Michigan and worked as a research attorney at the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Parker received a J.D. degree in law from the Wayne State University Law School. In addition she holds a B.A. degree, cum laude, in humanities (College of Arts and Letters) from Michigan State University’s Honor’s College; and a M.S.I degree in information science (School of Information) from The University of Michigan, Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

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