Brenda A. Allen
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dr. Brenda A. Allen was named Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs December 15, 2008. Dr. Allen is also a tenured member of the faculty, holding the title of Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Work.
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Allen held the position of Associate Provost and Director of Institutional Diversity at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island
Dr. Allen’s primary responsibility as Provost and chief academic officer is to provide executive level leadership for the institution as it pursues its academic mission. Dr. Allen is responsible to the Chancellor for the overall coordination and effective implementation of the University’s academic programs, and exercises leadership in promoting quality instruction, research, and university and public service. She has responsibility for developing and administering the academic policies and regulations of the University, and in collaboration with other senior officers, she has lead responsibility for the development of the University’s annual budget and long-term financial plans.
As Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Allen provides oversight and leadership of the following academic and operating units: the School of Business and Economics; the School of Education and Human Performance; the School of Health Sciences; the School of Graduate Studies and Research; the College of Arts and Sciences; and University College.
Other units reporting to the Provost include: Information Resources (IT and the Library); Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research; the Division of Lifelong Learning (Evening and Week-end Programs, Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Summer Session); the Honors College; Enrollment Management (Admission, Financial Aid, and the Registrar); the Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning; the Center for Community Safety; the Center for Health Disparities; and the Center for Design Innovations.
Prior to joining Brown University, Dr. Allen held a number of academic and administrative positions at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Promoted through the ranks at Smith to Full Professor Dr. Allen served as the chair of the African American Studies Department, the Assistant to the President and Director of Institutional diversity, and Special Assistant to the Provost.
Prior to her tenure at Smith College, Dr. Allen spent three years at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut where she held several positions, including Postdoctoral Fellow, Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Psychology, and Lecturer in the Departments of Psychology and African American Studies.
Dr. Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lincoln University in Lincoln, PA, a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology and a doctorate in Developmental Psychology, both from Howard University in Washington, DC.