Academics: Office of the Provost

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Provost's Council

The Provost Council is convened to assist in the coordination of the work in Academic Affairs with the department chairs, program chairs,  program directors, Faculty Council, faculty and administration.  The vice presidents for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, the director of the Teaching Research and Resource Center, and the director of Undergraduate Research serve as ad hoc members of the Provost Council.


Sharon Davies

Sharon Davies
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Leyte Winfield

Dr. Leyte L. Winfield
Interim Associate Provost for Research
Science Center, Room 151

Dr. Winfield is interim associate provost for research at Spelman College.  In this role, she provides leadership for the cultivation of research capabilities at the college, and assists in the coordination of activities associated with undergraduate student research and research training programs.

Dimeji Togunde

Dr. Dimeji Togunde
Associate Provost for Global Education and Professor of International Studies
Milligan, Room 1000

Dr. Dimeji Togunde serves as the associate provost for Global Education and professor of International Studies at Spelman College. His roles include providing senior leadership for the implementation of the College’s Strategic Planning and its Quality Enhancement Plan, also known as Spelman Going Global! As the College’s chief international officer, he provides guidance and direction for all of the College’s global learning initiatives and strategic international partnership engagements.

Veta Goler

Dr. Veta Goler
Associate Professor of Dance, Co-director of Teaching Resource and Research Center
The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center, Room 409

Veta Goler is co-director of the Teaching Resource and Research Center and associate professor in the Department of Dance Performance & Choreography. Holding the MFA in dance and a Ph.D., in African-American studies, she has worked as a modern dance artist — performing and choreographing nationally and internationally — and as a dance historian, focusing her research on contemporary African-American modern dance artists, particularly women choreographers. In recent years, her research interests have expanded to include the intersection of dance and spirituality in popular culture and to explorations of spirituality and contemplative practices in education and the workplace. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and is published in a number of journals and anthologies.

Tinaz Pavri

Dr. Tinaz Pavri
Professor of Political Science, Director of the Asian Studies Program, Division Chair for the Social Sciences and Education
Giles, Room 219

Tinaz Pavri is the division chair for the Social Sciences and Education at Spelman College.  In that capacity, she serves as a link between the division and the Office of the Provost on a host of curricular, academic and other issues. She is a professor in the Department of Political Science and also serves as the director for the Asian Studies Program. Her B.A. in political science is from St. Xavier’s College, Bombay.  Her Ph.D., also in political science (with a specialization in international relations), is from Ohio State University.

Chemistry Professor Albert Thompson

Dr. Albert N. Thompson, Jr.
Professor of Chemistry, Chair, Division
of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Science Center, Room 388

Albert N. Thompson Jr. is chair of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division and professor in the Department of Chemistry at Spelman College.  He has been a faculty member at Spelman College since 1981.  He earned the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in chemistry from Texas Southern University, and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Howard University.