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Stetson University names Karen Kaivola faculty development provost

Stetson University
September 4, 2010
Stetson University English Professor Dr. Karen Kaivola has been named associate provost for faculty development, effective Sept. 1. Kaivola will lead faculty mentoring, development and support initiatives at Stetson.

“Karen Kaivola’s service in this role will strengthen Stetson’s institutional support for our teacher-scholar faculty, making a meaningful difference in teaching, learning, and scholarship/creative activity at the university,” said Dr. Elizabeth “Beth” Paul, Stetson provost and vice president for academic affairs.

A member of the faculty since 1991, Kaivola served as senior advisor to the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences last academic year (2009-2010) and as associate dean in Arts & Sciences from 1998 to 2009. She directed Stetson’s Women and Gender Studies Program from 1995 to 1998, was a member of the Faculty Senate from 1994 to 1997, served on the Senate Executive Committee from 1995 to 1997, and was the university’s Gender Equity Advisor and member of the President’s Staff from 1998 to 2004.

Kaivola earned her doctorate in English from the University of Washington. She has published numerous articles and is author of All Contraries Confounded: The Lyrical Fiction of Virginia Woolf, Djuna Barnes, and Marguerite Duras. Kaivola was Nell Carlton Chair of English from 1996 to 1999, received the Hand Award for Excellence in Research in 2001 and has held the J. Ollie Edmunds Chair since 1999. She will continue to teach at Stetson.

“I’m delighted to have a role in developing new initiatives designed to strengthen Stetson’s support for our outstanding faculty,” Kaivola said.
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