Aimée Dorr, longtime dean of UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, has been named University of California provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.
Dorr, a UCLA professor of education since 1981 and former chair of the UCLA Academic Senate, will serve as UC's chief academic officer and lead efforts to ensure the academic excellence of the system's 10 campuses during a time of unprecedented fiscal challenges. She assumes her new post on July 2, succeeding Lawrence Pitts, who is retiring.
"I look forward to joining with those who have been striving to sustain and grow the academic excellence of the University of California during these particularly difficult times," Dorr said in a UC news release announcing her appointment. "Building on the accomplishments and talents of the academic affairs team led so ably by Provost Pitts, I am confident we can overcome the obstacles that, without our combined efforts, would undermine the quality and access that have made this great university a model for the world and a treasure for the people of California."
Dorr spent 13 years leading the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS) "with great distinction and dedication," UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh said in announcing Dorr's decision last May to step down as dean. "Dean Dorr has worked tirelessly to establish GSE&IS as pre-eminent in the areas of equity, access and multiculturalism in K–12 and higher education, and in library, archival and information services."
Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University, will succeed Dorr as GSE&IS dean on Sept. 1.
Dorr was selected by UC President Mark Yudof after an exhaustive national search, and her appointment was ratified unanimously by the UC Board of Regents at a teleconferenced special meeting held at the Morgan Center at UCLA, UCOP offices in Oakland, UC Riverside, Fresno and Chicago.
"Aimée Dorr is an accomplished leader with superb management skills, strategic vision and a long-standing commitment to expanding educational opportunities for all segments of society," Yudof said. "Her inclusive management style and understanding of the University of California at all levels will serve the entire system and each of our 10 campuses very well during these challenging times."
GSE&IS is nationally known and respected, and both of its departments are highly ranked among their peer institutions. During Dorr's tenure, the school significantly broadened the diversity of its faculty, students and staff and increased graduate enrollment in state-supported programs by 33 percent and tenure track faculty by approximately 20 percent.
Dorr helped the graduate school forge a partnership with LAUSD teachers and administrators and community advocates that in 2009 led to the establishment the UCLA Community School, an LAUSD K–12 pilot school that serves a primarily low-income, immigrant community in the Pico–Union/Koreatown area. The UCLA Community School has been hailed as a model for providing a high-quality education to children from a diverse, urban community. UCLA faculty and staff have contributed their expertise in developing the school's instructional programs and mentoring its students through internships and other college-going experiences.
Dean Dorr has also led efforts to establish and grow TIE-INS, a UCLA-wide program that brings increased campus engagement to nearby K–12 schools; the schools, in exchange, enroll the children of UCLA employees. Now in its fourth year, the program enables children of staff and faculty to attend four K–12 public schools close to the campus.
Among her many leadership positions on campus, Dorr served as chair of the UCLA Academic Senate in 1996–97. Within the UC system, she served as chair and vice chair of the UC Academic Senate and faculty representative to the UC Board of Regents.
Dorr's research has focused on electronic media and the processes by which young people make sense of, utilize and are affected by such media. Her expertise also includes policy analysis and the role of research in policy decision-making. Dorr is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.
Dorr, 69, received her B.S. in mathematics from Stanford University, where she also earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology. Before joining the faculty at UCLA, she was a faculty member at Stanford University, Harvard University and the University of Southern California, where she served as associate dean of the Annenberg School of Communications.