About the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
In the role as Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gail Burd works closely with the Provost, other campus leaders, and members of her reporting units to advance the academic mission of the University in the following ways:
- coordinate development and assessment of academic programs and curricula,
- analyze course availability and student demand,
- support faculty teaching,
- identify and implement effective teaching strategies and technologies,
- support faculty with assessment of student learning outcomes,
- collaborate with others to improve retention and graduation,
- support and enhance academic advising
- provide institutional research and reporting,
- provide support for transfer articulation,
- coordinate approval processes for university fees, and
- coordinate special projects as assigned by the Provost.
Dr. Gail Burd is a University Distinguished Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and the Committee on Neuroscience with research interests focused on development and neural plasticity in the vertebrate olfactory system. In prior administrative roles at the University of Arizona, Dr. Burd served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Science, the Interim Department Head of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and the Associate Department Head of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she has chaired several committees for national professional organizations and served on numerous government panels for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. In her 30+ years of service at the University of Arizona, she has received several awards for innovative teaching and advising, including the UA Mortar Board Citation Award, College of Science Innovation in Teaching Award, and the Sarlo Family Foundation Outstanding Faculty Award. Dr. Burd currently co-teaches an undergraduate Honors Class on Biomedical Ethics and teaches the graduate course “Science, Society and Ethics”.