Dr. Titilayo Ufomata was appointed Provost and Dean of Faculty of Hobart and William Smith Colleges beginning July 1, 2012. Formerly the Associate Provost and Interim Director of Graduate Studies at Kentucky State University, Ufomata's career spans three decades of scholarship in Linguistics, Africana and Gender Studies as well as an increasingly complex portfolio of administrative duties.
At Kentucky State University, a liberal arts institution of 2,800 students, Ufomata successfully led a number of initiatives including co-chairing the University Task Force on student Success and Retention, revamping the academic advising program, acting as a team leader on BEAMS (Building Engagement and Attainment of Minority Students), chairing the Taskforce on Developmental Education, and leading the centennial reaffirmation process. She has served as chair of Kentucky State's Graduate Council and Graduate Appeals Committee as well as on the University's Strategic Planning Committee. She was involved in every major curricular assessment and review since joining Kentucky State in 1998. A tenured Professor of Speech and Communication at Kentucky State in the Division of Fine Arts, in 2005 she was appointed Associate Provost.
Ufomata was twice named a Faculty Fellow at Kentucky State, a meritorious appointment based on a faculty member's record of teaching and work place excellence. In 2005, she received the Tom Joyner Hardest Working Faculty Award, and in 2006, her peers presented her with the Distinguished Professor Award recognizing her excellence in teaching and research. In 2010, Ufomata's students acknowledged her dedication to teaching by making her an honorary charter member of the Nu Phi Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda national honors society for non-traditional students. The State of Kentucky recognized her commitment to community engagement in 2010 by commissioning her a Kentucky Colonel for honorable contribution to the State.
The author of a number of articles and a book, Ufomata's scholarship has focused on the intersection of language, immigration, identity and gender with a special emphasis on Africa. She is a reviewer of African Studies Review: A Journal of the African Studies Association and a member of the editorial boards of Irinkerindo: A Journal of African Immigration and Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. She is an associate of the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town and a laureate of the Gender Institute of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, Dakar, Senegal.
Born in Nigeria where she received bachelor's and master's degrees in English, Ufomata attended University College London where she earned a second master's degree as well as a Ph.D. in Phonetics.
Ufomata is an alumna of Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management, Hampton University's Executive Leadership Summit, and Bryn Mawr's HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) program designed to advance women leaders in higher education administration.
De Denus's major area of concentration is curriculum and academic facilities and equipment, serving as the Office's ex officio representative to CoAA and FacIT. In addition, she will serve as the principal ADF for the sciences in the Provost's Office. Along with Paul Kehle, she will take on special projects, including strategic planning, retention, institutional grants, the Teagle Project and related assessment activities as we prepare for the next Middle States re-accreditation and its self-study.
Lucas's focus is faculty and curriculum development. He is the Office's ex officio representative to CoAA and the coordinator of the IRB. Along with Christine de Denus, he will take on program and faculty reviews, and other special projects, including strategic planning, retention, faculty development, institutional grants, and related activities for the Office of the Provost.
Klaus oversees the First-Year seminar program. He will work with faculty and staff to develop seminars, as well as to organize workshops and events surrounding the program. He will also be active in other areas related to the First-Year experience, such as helping to plan orientation, recruiting and mentoring Teaching Colleagues, collaborating with the Writing Colleague program, and contributing to the First-Year academic planning event.
Weaver aids the Provost on faculty personnel matters, including compensation planning and instructional budget maintenance. She is also responsible for the staffing and management of the academic secretarial support.
Switzer is responsible for instructional budget maintenance, including faculty travel and research grants. Also maintains course evaluations for First Year Seminars and Bidisciplinary courses for review/tenure cases.