Alexandra Socarides

Associate Provost


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phone 573-882-5117

Alexandra Socarides is the Associate Provost at the University of Missouri. In this role, she performs four main functions. First, she oversees policies and processes related to academic programs, including academic program review, new degree program proposals, and accreditation. Second, she supports faculty development and recognition, including building programs that support faculty, coordinating faculty development efforts across campus, supervising the Teaching for Learning Center and the Campus Writing Program, and managing faculty awards. Third, she manages and supports the development of department Chairs and runs the Provost Leadership Program. Fourth, 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 on 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
  • Lead the MU Professional Development Council
  • Coordinate New Faculty Orientation and first-year faculty programming
  • Build and implement campus-wide professional development opportunities
  • Manage and support department Chairs
  • Run the Provost Leadership Program
  • Manage of faculty awards and recognitions
  • Coordinate 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).