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Katharine Cole Appointed Associate Provost at UT

Published: March 02, 2012
Katharine Cole, currently the associate dean of undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida, has been named by The University of Tampa as the associate provost and dean of academic services.

At UT, Cole will be responsible for the enforcement of the University's academic standards and requirements for all students. This includes management of systems that address student academic appeals, complaints and academic integrity; planning all academic ceremonies; oversight of faculty educational technology support; and bridging between administrative and academic areas to deliver student academic services of the highest quality.

Cole said she looks forward to contributing to UT’s educational mission, and supporting her colleagues and the University's students in their endeavors.

"I am honored and extraordinarily pleased to be given the opportunity to serve as The University of Tampa's new associate provost,” Cole said. “The University's unwavering focus on educational excellence, its broad range of exceptional academic programs and the opportunities provided by its beautiful, vibrant urban campus make The University of Tampa a very special place to be. I feel privileged to be a part of such an accomplished team that includes distinguished faculty, staff and administrators who are exceedingly dedicated to the University's commitment to intellectual inquiry, experiential learning and service to society.”

Cole received her doctorate in pathology from the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, did postdoctoral research at the National Cancer Institute and began her faculty career with an appointment at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

She amassed a distinguished record of research stretching from her graduate work through her move to USF in 1998, where along with continuing teaching and research, she became an administrator with progressively increasing responsibility for developing academic services and policy. She currently teaches in USF’s Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, and has been in her role as associate dean of undergraduate studies since 2010.

Janet McNew, UT provost and vice president for academic affairs, said “UT is fortunate indeed to have attracted such an accomplished and experienced teacher, scholar and administrator to serve as our new associate provost and dean of academic services.”

Cole received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Delaware and master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

She will begin at UT on June 15.