AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin has appointed Richard J. Reddick as the senior vice provost for curriculum and enrollment and dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies. He is currently a professor in UT Austin’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy and the associate dean for equity, community engagement and outreach in the College of Education. Reddick will succeed Brent Iverson, who has served in this role on an interim basis since July 2021 after leading the School of Undergraduate Studies as dean since 2013. Reddick’s appointment begins Aug. 1.
A newly established position, the senior vice provost for curriculum and enrollment and dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies oversees the campus-wide undergraduate curriculum, serves as UT’s chief student success officer and works to enhance the undergraduate academic experience, from admission to career exploration.
Reddick, an award-winning teacher and scholar specializing in higher education leadership, administration, planning and social policy, currently has additional appointments in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis, among others.
“Recognized for outstanding achievement and impact at every step of his Longhorn journey — as a student, alumnus and award-winning faculty member — Rich is an exceptional choice for this new role,” said UT Austin President Jay Hartzell. “He is dedicated to attracting top talent to the university in supportive and equitable ways, and as senior vice provost he will help shape a curriculum that equips and inspires all UT students for a lifetime of success, leadership and impact. We are lucky to have him as a campus leader.”
Reddick, who has been a member of the UT Austin faculty since 2007, teaches courses on the history of higher education, multicultural modes of mentoring, social and cultural contexts of education, and qualitative research methods. Reddick also teaches courses in Plan II Honors and the Signature Course program in the School of Undergraduate Studies.
He is also the faculty co-chair of the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University and teaches in Harvard’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. In spring 2018, he was appointed as a visiting associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
“Strengthening the campus-wide undergraduate educational experience requires a deep commitment to student success and a curriculum that prepares our students for the challenges and opportunities they will face in the future,” said Sharon L. Wood, executive vice president and provost. “Rich is an exceptional and collaborative leader — highly respected by his peers and students — who brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and energy to this role. We are extremely pleased to have him leading these critical efforts for years to come.”
As a researcher, Reddick focuses on ethnographic research on the experiences of faculty members of color in predominantly white university settings, mentoring relationships in higher education, Black families in American society and work-family balance in junior faculty fathers.
He is a past recipient of the Eyes of Texas Excellence Award, the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies Teaching Award, and the Black Faculty Staff Association Faculty Member of the Year. He spent the 2010-2011 academic year as a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Career Enhancement scholar and is a past recipient of the Austin L.E.A.D.S. Award from the Austin Community College Office of Equity and Inclusion. Reddick is also an inaugural member of UT Austin’s Distinguished Service Academy.
Reddick earned a bachelor’s degree from UT Austin, majoring in Plan II. He was engaged on campus as a student, including as a member of the Silver Spurs and Texas Blazers. He received master’s and doctoral degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition to his scholarly achievements, he is a former champion of the “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” gameshows.