University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah has announced the appointment of Carol Parker as senior vice provost for Academic Affairs effective immediately.

“After a rigorous internal search, I am pleased to have Carol take on this important role on a regular basis," Abdallah said. "In her interim role, she has successfully tackled a number of issues within Academic Affairs and I look forward to working with Carol and our academic leadership to take our organization to the next level.”

Parker’s portfolio of duties include her former duties as associate provost for academic personnel – a position that will not be replaced. These duties include working to build faculty strength and responding to individual faculty and administrative personnel requests for support and guidance, in addition to providing oversight of the Counseling Assistance & Referral Service department (CARS), Faculty Contracts and Services Office, and UNM Ombuds/Dispute Resolution Services for Faculty.

Additional departments under her purview include KUNM, Harwood Museum and UNM Press. She will also fill a strategic leadership role for a number of initiatives including Innovation Academy, review of opportunities related to exploration of opportunities in China, and overhaul of the academic personnel policies and processes administered by our Faculty Contracts & Services Office. 

“It’s an honor to be selected for this position," Parker said. "I’m excited by the prospect of being able to dedicate myself to advancing the academic mission of UNM. It has been a pleasure working with the faculty and academic leadership during the past year, and I look forward to deepening those relationships in the future.”

Parker holds the rank of Professor of Law at the UNM School of Law and has served as associate provost for approximately one year and as interim senior vice provost for the last six months. She has faculty government experience and a broad understanding of the concepts and processes of shared governance; a record of working to develop policies to improve the UNM experience for faculty, students and staff; and nearly a decade of higher education administrative experience at UNM including academic personnel administration and human resources management. 

Parker received a law degree from the Wayne State University Law School. In addition she holds a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in humanities from Michigan State University’s Honor’s College; and a master’s degree in information science from The University of Michigan, Rackham School of Graduate Studies.