Dr. James H. McDonald has been named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Montevallo. He comes to UM from Southern Utah University where he has served as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of anthropology for the past nine years. He will begin his duties at Montevallo July 1.
McDonald holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Arizona State University, a master’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and bachelor’s degree from University of Arizona.
Prior to his service at SUU, McDonald was named associate vice provost for academic and faculty support at the University of Texas at San Antonio. During his 13 years at UTSA, he held a variety of progressively challenging and demanding administrative positions, which included: chair of the department of anthropology and senior associate dean in the College of Sciences. He began his academic career as an assistant professor of anthropology at University of Michigan-Flint in 1992.
McDonald has advocated for high-impact engaged learning, supported high-quality faculty development, championed diversity initiatives, expanded undergraduate and graduate program offerings and accreditation and spearheaded new forms of teaching-learning assessment.
He has published two books and 37 articles or book chapters. Most recently, he co-edited Crisis of Governance in Maya Guatemala: Indigenous Responses to a Failing State (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013), which won the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Knudson Latin American Prize. He also served as a Fulbright senior specialist at the School of Governance and Economics in Rabat Morocco.
In announcing McDonald’s selection, UM President Dr. John W. Stewart III said, “We are extremely excited to count Dr. McDonald as a new friend and colleague. His arrival comes at a good time of change and opportunity in higher education and we look forward to him as chief academic officer of Montevallo.”
McDonald replaces Dr. Suzanne Ozment, previous provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Montevallo. Ozment will retire from the position at the end of June.