June 28, 2004
Provosts for 2004-05 announced
at five colleges
College Eight: Lecturer Roz Spafford
has been appointed as provost of College Eight. Spafford, a lecturer
with security of employment (SOE), graduated from Merrill College in
1971, majoring in community studies and having done fieldwork with the
United Farm Workers. After graduate work at San Francisco State University
in creative writing, she returned to the campus as a faculty member
in 1978. She has taught in the Writing Program ever since, serving as
its chair from 2001 to the present.
Cowell College: In an entirely new situation
for UCSC, associate professors of literature Ty Miller and Deanna
Shemek have been appointed as coprovosts of Cowell College starting
in January 2005. After teaching at Yale University, Shemek came to UCSC
in 1990. She has received a variety of prestigious awards in recent
years, including the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
in 1995 and the Harvard Villa I Tatti Fellowship in 2001. Miller came
to UCSC from Yale in 1999, and was director of the UC Education Abroad
Program in Budapest, Hungary, from 2001 to 2004. In addition to these
scholarly distinctions, both have been very active in Cowell College
since arriving on campus.
Until January 2005, the provost of Cowell College will continue to
be professor of chemistry emeritus Stanley Williamson, who has
served as provost for the last academic year.
||David Evan Jones
Crown College: Professor of computer
engineering F. Joel Ferguson is returning for a second term as
provost. Ferguson was one of the primary authors on the proposal to
integrate the college core courses and the campus composition requirements.
His primary focus during his next term will be to increase the involvement
of faculty in the college.
Kresge College: Having previously served
as provost of Kresge College from 1996 to 2001, professor of literature
Paul Skenazy will return to the college for a second stint as
its provost. He has taught at UCSC since 1971, and his scholarly work
ranges in subject from popular culture to ethnic literature. During
his earlier provostship, Skenazy established a center for transfer students
that was the first of its kind in the UC system.
Porter College: Provost David Evan
Jones has been reappointed to another three-year term at Porter
College. During his first term as provost, Jones launched several initiatives,
including a gospel choir course, a course in queer studies, a community-service
course taught by dancer/choreographer Tandy Beal, a Research Assistant
Program for Porter students, and the George Hitchcock Poetry Fund. In
his second term, Jones hopes to collaborate with the Division of Arts
in creating a nationally visible Festival of Digital Arts/New Media
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