About the Provost
Dr. Elizabeth A. Dooley Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Elizabeth A. Dooley, Ed.D., serves as UCF’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. She provides academic leadership for UCF’s 13 colleges, multiple campuses, research centers and institutes. She is also responsible for curriculum, academic planning, faculty appointments, faculty development, promotion and tenure decisions.
Before joining UCF in 2015, Dooley was the associate provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at West Virginia University. She also served in leadership roles, including associate provost for undergraduate academic affairs and interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services. She was also the founding dean of the University College and department chair of curriculum instruction/literacy studies and special education at WVU. Dooley also held a faculty appointment as a professor of special education and curriculum and instruction.
Dooley is a champion of student and faculty success. She collaborates across UCF to foster a culture of teaching and learning that engages faculty and students in creating knowledge, promoting scholarship and developing cutting-edge teaching and learning practices.
She is steadfast in her commitment to providing educational experiences that help students succeed. “All UCF students are Knights of Distinction,” said Dooley. “It is our obligation to provide everyone with access to an exceptional academic experience. This means that our students have robust and meaningful learning experiences in the classroom and beyond that will enable them to successfully achieve their academic, professional and civic goals after they graduate.”
As part of her unwavering belief that a quality education should be accessible to everyone, Dooley was instrumental in engaging communities across West Virginia in a partnership that created exceptional secondary and post-secondary learning opportunities for more than 2,000 underserved youth.
Dooley also advocates for faculty. She said, “We must promise our faculty an inclusive environment that promotes scholarship and personal and professional growth.”
She holds a doctorate in education (special education with a minor in higher education administration) and a master’s degree in special education from WVU, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a specialization in special education from Alderson Broaddus College.
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