Alison Galloway named vice provost of academic affairs at UC Santa Cruz

Alison Galloway, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been named vice provost of academic affairs at the Santa Cruz campus. Her appointment, approved by the UC Board of Regents in closed session on Wednesday, July 19, is effective immediately.

Alison Galloway
In the post, which Galloway has held on an interim basis since last August, Galloway will work with the Academic Senate on two fronts: coordinating campuswide academic planning, program development, implementation, and review, and coordinating policies affecting faculty, including personnel actions, faculty diversity, and the development of senior leadership from within the campus community.

"It is a delight to announce that Professor Galloway has been approved to hold this key administrative post," said UCSC Acting Chancellor George Blumenthal, who served with Galloway as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Academic Senate. "She is highly regarded by faculty and is widely recognized as an engaged and effective leader with strong collaborative and administrative abilities. She will provide excellent leadership, and I look forward to working together to move the Santa Cruz campus forward."

Galloway, former chair of the Academic Senate, replaces George Brown, a professor of physics, who resigned as vice provost of academic affairs effective July 1, 2005. Her annual salary is $160,000, plus $5,000 to reimburse research expenses. A half-time graduate student researcher will support Galloway's research while she serves as vice provost.

"The campus is poised to take some major steps so this is an exciting time to be involved in the academic planning," said Galloway. "We face a number of hurdles, but we also have great faculty, staff, and students upon whom we are staking our reputation. I am looking forward to working with them to realize our aspirations."

Galloway is a physical anthropologist whose research focuses on human evolution and human skeletal biology. As one of the nation's leading forensic anthropologists, she regularly analyzes forensic evidence and provides expert witness testimony. She joined the UCSC faculty as an assistant professor in 1990 and was promoted to professor in 2001. She graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in 1975, earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1985 and 1988, respectively, and was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1988.

Galloway served as chair of the Academic Senate from 2003 to 2005 and vice chair of the Academic Senate and chair of the Anthropology Department from 2001 to 2003. During Galloway's tenure as vice chair, the position was revised by then-chair Blumenthal to give the vice chair much wider exposure to campus finances, organization, and planning. She previously served on the Academic Senate's Committee on Teaching, Committee on Faculty Welfare, and Committee on Planning and Budget.