Edith Sparks

Pacific history department chair Edith (Edie) Sparks has been appointed as the new vice provost for Undergraduate Education. She will begin her appointment August 14, 2017.

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Edith Sparks appointed vice provost for Undergraduate Education

Office of the ProvostJun 2, 2017

Provost Maria Pallavicini is pleased to announce that Pacific history department chair Edith (Edie) Sparks has been appointed as the new vice provost for Undergraduate Education. She will begin her appointment August 14.

This position was developed by reframing and extending the assistant provost for Student Academic Achievement position. In her new role, Sparks will provide leadership across the institution to ensure Pacific provides outstanding undergraduate student support services, and will be responsible for a comprehensive general education program that integrates academic and co-curricular experiences. This is a highly collaborative, team-based role that crosses academic and administrative boundaries and will work closely with Student Life.

Sparks joined Pacific in 1999 as an assistant professor in the Department of History, and was promoted to associate professor in 2006. She served as senior associate dean of the College of the Pacific from 2006 to 2012 and has served as the chair of the Department of History since 2015. She also served in interim director positions for the Gender Studies and Film Studies programs. Edie earned her master's and doctorate in History from UCLA in 1996 and 1999, and her bachelor's degree in English Literature from UC Berkeley in 1991.

She has an outstanding record of university and community service as both a faculty member and associate dean, and has received several university awards, including the Women of Distinction Award (2012) and the Judith M. Chambers Excellence in Student Life Award (2008). She has been awarded numerous research fellowships and grants during her tenure at Pacific.

"I am so pleased that Edie is going to be part of the team that places its highest priority on the success of our undergraduate students," said Pallavicini. "Her knowledge about undergraduates at Pacific will be of enormous help as we consider what is working well, where we need improvements, and how we can learn from others."

The provost would like to thank Cyd Jenefsky, vice provost for Strategy and Educational Effectiveness, for leading this search and the members of the search committee for their time and effort in helping Pacific fill its inaugural vice provost for Undergraduate Education position.