Elizabeth J. Whitt has served as Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education at UC Merced since August 2013. In addition, she is a professor of sociology in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.

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Previously, Elizabeth Whitt was associate vice president for undergraduate education at Saint Louis University. From 1997 to 2011, she was a professor in higher education and student affairs in the College of Education at The University of Iowa, where she served as co-director of the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education (CRUE). She also has been a faculty member at Oklahoma State University, Iowa State University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is, however, a native of the San Joaquin Valley, and is very happy to be home again.

Elizabeth Whitt received a B.A. in history and political science from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Her M.A. is in college student personnel administration from Michigan State, and she received a Ph.D. in higher education administration and sociology from Indiana University.

Elizabeth Whitt is editor of the “New Directions for Student Services” sourcebook series and is a member of the editorial board of the “Journal of College Student Development.” Her research and scholarship focus on the impact of college on students, institutional conditions for undergraduate student success, outcomes of partnerships between academic affairs and student affairs, and issues and trends in effective student affairs practice.