Elizabeth Abrams Appointed Merrill College Provost

10 May 2012

Elizabeth Abrams appointed College Provost of Merrill College

The Division of Undergraduate Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Abrams as College Provost of Merrill College.

Abrams, Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment in the Writing Program, is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Yale University. Before joining UC Santa Cruz in 2000, she taught for six years at Harvard University, where she also developed teaching and learning guides for the Harvard Writing Project.

The incoming college provost is particularly excited about working with students, faculty, and staff at Merrill College, where she hopes to build on its long history of innovative teaching and learning about "cultural identity and global consciousness" and to work with college stakeholders to develop new ways to pull together students' academic, professional, and social interests through college offerings.

Abrams served as chair of the Writing Program for six years, working closely with college provosts on ensuring the consistency and effectiveness of the lower-division writing curriculum at UCSC. She is an active member of the Academic Senate, having served on the Committee on Teaching, and having chaired the Committees on Faculty Welfare and Preparatory Education.  She is currently chairing the Committee on Committees and is a member of the Senate Executive Committee.

The Division of Undergraduate Education and the Colleges will be particularly enriched by Elizabeth Abrams’s experience with writing instruction at all levels. She has taught core courses at two colleges; composition; an upper-division course on writing in the arts; and a graduate seminar on constructing and teaching writing courses. She has facilitated workshops for faculty across the campus interested in such subjects as developing effective writing assignments and coping with students' grammar.

Throughout all of her innovative activities and accomplishments, Senior Lecturer Abrams has shown dedication to UC Santa Cruz and its Colleges, as well as to the individual and collective success and well being of students, staff, and faculty.