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Pope-Davis elected VP and associate provost

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Don Pope-Davis, dean of the Graduate School and professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected vice president and associate provost by the University’s Board of Trustees, effective Aug. 15.

In his new position, Pope-Davis will be responsible for leading and managing the Provost’s Office’s involvement in the faculty recruitment and hiring process, tenure and promotions procedures, mentoring programs for faculty, and the creation and administration of new programs to help prepare faculty leaders to carry out administrative tasks.

Pope-Davis succeeds Jean Ann Linney, who recently accepted an appointment as dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“Don Pope-Davis is an accomplished researcher, teacher and administrator with an unwavering commitment to Notre Dame’s Catholic mission,” said Thomas G. Burish, provost of the University. “He has a long history of contributions to the areas of diversity, faculty support, graduate education, research and others, and I’m grateful for his willingness to serve in this critically important position.”

Pope-Davis’ administrative experience includes service for the past five years in the Graduate School – as assistant vice president from 2002 to 2004 and associate vice president for the following two years. He served on an interim basis for the past year as dean of the Graduate School. He has been coordinator of the University’s Multicultural Research Institute since 2000 and directs Notre Dame’s TRIO programs – the McNair Scholars Program, Upward Bound and Talent Search, all federally funded educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Pope-Davis was appointed last year as chair of Notre Dame’s Faculty Board on Athletics and its NCAA faculty athletics representative. He is a member of the NCAA Committee on Athletic Certification and was chair of Notre Dame’s NCAA certification sub-committee for equity, gender and sportsmanship. He also serves on campus on the Provost’s Advisory Committee and the Diversity Committee.

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 mental health 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 extensively in journals and books in the field and is a research fellow of the American Psychological Association.

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 July 19, 2007.