Dr. Elizabeth Throop became Acting Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on July 1, 2016. Previously, she joined the university as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education in 2012.
She oversees the ongoing development and support of academic excellence across the university. She will also engage closely with faculty and oversee the Academic Affairs’ office budget and personnel. Throop earned a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of California in San Diego in 1996 after taking a master’s there. She has a master's degree in social work with a counseling concentration from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Throop previously was the interim dean of the Siebens School of Business and visiting professor of anthropology at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Prior to that, she served as the dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota, and chair of the anthropology, sociology and social work department at Eastern Kentucky University. Her teaching experience also includes McKendree College (now University), Silver Lake College, North Central College, the College of DuPage, and schools in California and Ireland.