Alexandra Socarides is the Associate Provost for Faculty Success at the University of Missouri. In this role, she performs three main functions. Her primary function is to support faculty development and recognition. This involves building programs that support faculty, coordinating faculty development efforts across campus, supervising the Teaching for Learning Center, and managing University awards and faculty recognitions. Second, she manages and supports the development of department Chairs. This involves leading regular Provost meetings with Chairs, developing programs to support Chairs, and providing mentorship on issues of faculty support. Third, she coordinates the Provost’s communications.
Specific duties that Dr. Socarides fulfills include:
- Leading the MU Professional Development Council
- Supervising the Teaching for Learning Center
- Coordinating New Faculty Orientation and first-year faculty programming
- Building and implementing professional development opportunities and certifications
- Provost liaison to UM System Leadership Development
- Management and development of department Chairs
- Providing mentorship resources for Chairs seeking Faculty Inclusive Excellence Funding (FIEF)
- Management of University Awards
- Serving on the eLearning Academic Council
- Coordinating Faculty Exit Interviews
- Coordinating Provost’s communications
- Other duties as assigned
Prior administrative appointments include serving as Faculty Fellow in the Provost’s Office (2020), Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor (2019-2020), Chair of the Department of English (2017-2020), and Director of Undergraduate Studies in English (2014-2017). She received a B.A. from Bates College in 1996, an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1999, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2007. Her primary research interests are in the areas of nineteenth-century American poetry and women’s literature. She is the author of two books published by Oxford University Press, and the co-editor of two others. She has been the recipient of a number of national fellowships, including those from the Huntington Library and the American Antiquarian Society, and has been the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Gold Chalk (2009), the Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award (2011), and the William T. Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence (2016).