About the Provost

Provost Gloria Gibson

Dr. Gloria Gibson

Gloria J. Gibson was named executive vice president and provost at the University of Northern Iowa effective July 1, 2009. Gibson was formerly the dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and professor in the Department of English, Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Arkansas State University. She also held faculty rank at Indiana University and served in several administrative positions. Provost Gibson earned her doctorate in folklore, with an ethnomusicology concentration from Indiana University. She also has Ph.D. minors in Afro-American studies and African studies. She holds an M.A. and B.A. in music education from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill. The executive vice president and provost at UNI provides vision for academic excellence while guiding the academic planning and assessment of university academic programs. Reporting to the president, the executive vice president and provost also provides administrative leadership and organization for all the academic components of the university.

Provost's Priorities

  • Provide intellectually challenging experiences for undergraduate students by offering a strong liberal arts core and dynamic degree programs; and promote and encourage excellence in graduate education
  • Support a faculty distinguished by their creative and intellectually rigorous teaching and scholarship
  • Promote interdisciplinary collaborations between faculty, departments and colleges that will result in courses and degree programs addressing current and future global, cultural, social, economic and/or political issues
  • Focus on diverse educational delivery systems including innovative online programs and degrees
  • Integrate an international/intercultural dimension into the university fabric by increasing students exchange programs, aggressively recruiting international students, and advancing internationalization in research, teaching and service
  • Encourage faculty to seek external funding and collaborative opportunities through the resources of the Office of Sponsored research, teaching and service
  • Advance UNI's commitment to diversity in all areas (recruitment of faculty, staff, and students; campus climate; curricular and co-curricular activities