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Pope-Davis to serve as interim vice president for graduate studies and research

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Don Pope-Davis, associate vice president for graduate studies and professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed the University’s interim vice president for graduate studies and research, effective July 1, according to Provost Thomas G. Burish.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2000, Pope-Davis will replace Jeffrey Kantor, who is leaving the position at the completion of his five-year term to return to full-time teaching and research. Kantor is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. During his tenure, research awards to Notre Dame more than doubled, to over $80 million in fiscal year 2005.

Reporting to the provost, the vice president for graduate studies and research is responsible for helping to develop and support all graduate programs in the University, and for the administration of all research, including externally sponsored programs, conducted by its faculty.

“We are blessed to have Don Pope-Davis lead our graduate studies and research division,” Burish said. “Don’s creativity, vision and experience will allow us to build upon the positive momentum that has been established under Jeff’s leadership.”

Pope-Davis studies in the areas of multicultural psychology, counseling and education. Specifically, he is interested in cultural and racial identity development, cultural competency training, development, and assessment. Other areas of research include multicultural supervision in professional psychology, development of multicultural measures for assessing environments and supervision, issues of mentalhealth of people of color, and cross-cultural communications.

Pope-Davis is the co-author of three books, “Multicultural Counseling Competencies: Assessment, Education, and Supervision,” “The Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender in Multicultural Counseling,” and, most recently, “Handbook of Multicultural Competencies in Counseling and Psychology.” He has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters in the field and is a research fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Appointed assistant vice president of the Notre Dame Graduate School in 2002, Pope-Davis was promoted to associate vice president two years later. He has served as coordinator of the University’s Multicultural Research Institute since 2000 and is director of Notre Dame’s McNair Scholars Program, a federally funded initiative that promotes and prepares first generation and under-represented college students for doctoral studies.

Pope-Davis recently was appointed chair of Notre Dame’s Faculty Board on Athletics and its NCAA faculty athletics representative. He serves on the Provost’s Advisory Committee, the Diversity Committee and previously was chair of the NCAA certification sub-committee for equity, gender and sportsmanship.

Pope-Davis earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Stanford University and his bachelor’s degree in psychology and theology from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. He previously taught and conducted research at the University of Maryland for six years and the University of Iowa for five years. He also served as a senior staff psychologist in the University Counseling Service at Iowa and as a counselor in the Stanford University Counseling Institute.

Originally published by Dennis Brown at on April 20, 2006.