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Alyson A. Gill, Ph.D.

Provost • Vice President for Academic Affairs


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Alyson A. Gill, Ph.D.

Alyson Gill joined University of the Ozarks as Provost in February 2018. As Provost, Gill oversees all academic functions of the University, including the three academic divisions, the University Library, the Jones Learning Center, and Student Support Services. In 2018, she led the University’s COMPASS initiative, a comprehensive digital learning program that supported and enhanced teaching and learning on campus. Gill also provides senior leadership in the areas of accreditation and assessment. She previously served 15 years as professor of art history, and founding director for the Center for Digital Initiatives at Arkansas State University, earning tenure before leaving in 2015 to accept the position to lead instructional innovation at University of Massachusetts- Amherst. Gill earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She earned a master’s degree in art history from University of California-Irvine and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Memphis.

From 2015-18 she served as Associate Provost for Instructional Innovation and Associate Professor, Art History at University of Massachusetts, Amherst serving as a catalyst for instructional innovation and technology initiatives by building and sustaining relationships with faculty, department heads and chairs and deans around strategies and programming. She also played an advocacy role on behalf of faculty and students in campus matters related to instructional innovations, pedagogical advancements, and teaching and learning with technology, working closely with academic units to ensure that their needs were incorporated into undergraduate and graduate course delivery and instructional technology plans.

Gill was formerly the founding Director of the Center for Digital Initiatives at Arkansas State University, where she also held tenure as Associate Professor of Art History. She earned an M.A. in Art History specializing in Greek architecture from University of California, Irvine, in 1996, and Ph.D. in History from the University of Memphis in 2004. Her dissertation topic was Greek baths and bathing practices, and she lived in Greece on and off from 1990-1998 working at the Ohio State University excavations at Isthmia and later returning to Greece on a Fulbright scholarship in 1998-1999. She taught at ASU from 2000-14 and was the first at the university to promote the use of 3D modelling of architecture in the classroom. She has been awarded several grants through the National Endowment for the Humanities including two Digital Humanities Start-Up grants: Ashes2Art (2007) and Dangerous Embodiments (2014-17), and two NEH Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Summer Institutes, “Humanities Heritage 3D Visualizations” (2012) and “Advanced Challenges in Theory and Practice in 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites” (2015-16).