DR. CYNTHIA PEMBERTON
DEPUTY PROVOST
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY (MO)

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At the University of Missouri – Kansas City I have served in the roles of Interim Provost, Deputy Provost, Interim Associate Dean of the School of Education and Chairperson of the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education.  In my current position as Deputy Provost, I oversee academic support and mentoring, undergraduate research, career services, University College and Academic Advising, RooPro (work study program initiative), academic policy development, Higher Learning Commission Liaison Officer, Civitas Data Analytics support for Student Success and undergraduate curricular matters.  I serve as the chief operations officer for academic affairs and provide leadership and support in the implementation of our campus strategic plan regarding student success and completion.  

At Missouri State University, I served as the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services and as the Acting Associate Provost.  As the chief academic officer for the College of Health and Human Services, I had oversight of recruitment, evaluation, and professional development of faculty, department heads, and professional staff.  The College had 165 instructional faculty/staff, 75 staff, approximately 2500 majors, 15 graduate programs, 15 undergraduate programs, within 11 departments and 3 outpatient clinics.  As Acting Associate Provost, I oversaw university initiatives related to student success (retention, graduation rates, and student learning outcomes). The following units reported to student success: Academic Advising (including pre-college program, transfers and conditionally admitted students), Achievement Center for Intercollegiate Athletics, Academic Assistance (Partners in Education program and Individualized Majors), the Writing Center, Center for Assessment and Instructional Support, First Year Programs, Institutional Research/Student Success.

My formal leadership development experience has included the Executive Leadership Academy, University of California, Berkley (2016), the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University (2012) and the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship (2006-2007).