Kate Davy, currently dean of arts and sciences at Bentley University, outside Boston, has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Davy’s five-year appointment at UM-Dearborn will begin July 1. In addition to her administrative position, Davy will be professor of English in UM-Dearborn’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.
Before joining Bentley in 2002, Davy served as provost of Adelphi University, dean of the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, associate dean at the University of California-Irvine, and dean at Alverno College. In addition, she has taught graduate seminars at Yale, Northwestern, and New York universities, and was managing editor of TDR/The Drama Review.
During her time at Bentley, Davy worked with faculty to develop several far-reaching initiatives, including an interdisciplinary Liberal Studies major for business majors, a Media and Culture English major, faculty development workshops, and the launching of a new Arts & Sciences Center.
Davy, who earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in drama and performance studies at New York University, is the author of three books, including analyses of the work of Richard Foreman and an upcoming history of the WOW Café Theatre’s twenty-nine years as a women’s performance collective (to be published next year by the University of Michigan Press). Davy also holds an undergraduate degree in speech and drama from Clarke College in Iowa.