Alexandra Socarides is the Associate Provost for Academic Programs at the University of Missouri. In this role, she performs five main functions. First, she oversees policies and processes related to academic programs, including academic program review, new degree program proposals, and accreditation. Second, supervises the Teaching for Learning Center and the Campus Writing Program. Third, she manages and supports faculty nominations and applications for external awards. Fourth, she supports department Chairs and runs the Provost Leadership Program. Lastly, she coordinates the Provost’s communications.
Specific duties that Dr. Socarides fulfills include:
- Coordinate the 5-year academic program review
- Serve as point person in Office of the Provost for academic program proposals, including requests for new programs, program changes, and program activities
- Serve as the Provost liaison to the Office of eLearning
- Provost Office contact for College/Unit Accreditation activities
- Supervise the Teaching for Learning Center and the Campus Writing Program
- Manage external awards for faculty
- Support department Chairs
- Run the Provost Leadership Program
- Coordinate Provost’s communications
- Other duties as assigned
Prior administrative appointments include serving as Associate Provost for Faculty Success (2020-2022), 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 literature and the history of poetics. 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 William T. Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence (2016), the Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award (2011), and the Gold Chalk Award (2009).