Provost Abdallah has named Associate Provost for Academic Personnel and Law Professor Carol Parker as interim senior vice provost for Academic Affairs. Parker’s portfolio will continue to include oversight of academic personnel issues, but will expand to full time status and oversight of the major financial and planning functions of Academic Affairs. An internal search to fill the Senior Vice Provost position will commence in the summer of 2014 to be filled by August 2014 Effective December 17, 2013.
Carol A. Parker became Associate Provost for Academic Affairs in September 2013. 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. 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 (2008-2010). She often 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.