University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah has announced three finalists for the position of Senior Vice Provost. The finalists include: Melissa Bokovoy, Jay Parkes and Richard Wood.

Finalist interviews will include open forums and meetings for each candidate with campus administrators, faculty and staff.

The finalists:

Jay Parkes


Jay Parkes
Jay Parkes, Ph.D., is in his 20th year on the UNM faculty and is Professor of Educational Psychology. He is completing an eight-year term as Chair of the Department of Individual, Family, and Community Education in the College of Education. His scholarly work has been in the areas of classroom assessment and student learning.  He teaches courses in classroom assessment, educational research design, introductory applied statistics and educational measurement. He and his family reside in Santa Fe.

Interview Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
Open forum:  Monday, April 30, 1:30–2:30 p.m., Roberts Room, Scholes Hall

Full bio: Jay Parkes bio

Melissa Bokovoy


Melissa Bokovoy
Melissa Bokovoy is professor and chair of the history department at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Bokovoy obtained her BA from Pomona College and MA and Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has been at the University of New Mexico since 1991. She is the author of Peasants and Communists: Politics and Ideology in the Yugoslav Countryside, 1941–1953 (Pittsburgh, 1998), which won the Barbara Jelavich Prize of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for best book in East European Studies. She is co-editor of State-Society Relations in Yugoslavia, 1945–1992 (Palgrave Macmillan, 1997) and co-author of Sharing the Stage: Biography and Gender in Western Civilization, 2 vols. (Houghton-Mifflin, 2003) and Sharing the World Stage: Biography and Gender in World History, 2 vols. (Cengage, 2009). She has published numerous articles and book chapters on 20th-century Yugoslavia. Currently on sabbatical, she is completing a manuscript on the politics of WWI commemorations in interwar Yugoslavia.

Interview Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Open forum:  Thursday, May 3, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Collaborative Teaching and Learning Building (CTLB) room 110

Full bio: Melissa Bokovoy 

Rich Wood


Richard Wood
Richard L. Wood serves as Interim Senior Vice Provost for Academic Mission at UNM. He is a Professor of Sociology and served previously at UNM as President of the Faculty Senate, co-chair of the Committee on Governance, Chairperson of the Department of Sociology, Director of the Religious Studies Program, special advisor for strategic initiatives in the Office of the Provost, and in various other committee roles at the college and university level. Wood serves as co-editor of a book series, Cambridge Studies of Social Theory, Religion, and Politics at Cambridge University Press, and has helped lead major nationally funded research projects on religion and democracy in the United States, Central America, and the Middle East. He has served on a variety of community service boards at the local and national levels.

Interview Date: Friday, May 4, 2018
Open forum:  Friday, May 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Roberts Room, Scholes Hall

Full bio: Rich Wood bio

Questions regarding the finalists or the search can be addressed to Search Coordinator Jessica Ramos at jdramos@unm.edu.