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Carol A. Blackshire-Belay Carol A. Blackshire-Belay

Vice Provost Appointed


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Carol A. Blackshire-Belay has joined Sonoma State as vice provost for academic affairs. She comes to the University with a broad base of experience, having served as a faculty member, scholar, researcher, chairperson, dean and special assistant — all roles important to being a knowledgeable vice provost.

“Today’s society is in a crisis mode, and therefore quality education is a social imperative,” she said. “This requires effective leadership.”

She is greatly concerned that the framework of the educational process be based on a sound philosophical underpinning, which provides the foundation for operationalizing the University’s mission. Thus, her philosophy emphasizes the significance of a democratic belief system reflected in shared governance. She notes the complexity of this phenomenon, which must be protective of the rights of all for continued participation.

Blackshire-Belay joins SSU with a distinguished academic and administrative record. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Germanic linguistics from Princeton, and the notable Magister Artium from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Munich, Germany. She was a faculty member at Ohio State, Temple and Indiana State University. At the latter she was chair of the Department of African and African-American Studies. Subsequently, she was dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and special assistant to the chancellor in Madison.

She has taught and was a visiting research scholar at several institutions of higher learning in Europe and Africa. She has an extensive scholarly record as author, co-author and/or editor of 14 books and more than two dozen articles and book chapters.

“I am excited to be at an institution that prides itself on excellence, and the personalized and individualized approach to teaching and educating the whole student at Sonoma State,” she said.