About the Provost

Dr. Diane Z. Chase

Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Diane Z. Chase was appointed interim provost and vice president on April 1, 2014. In this position, she serves as the second-highest ranking officer of the university and provides academic leadership for the university’s 12 colleges, multiple campuses, and research centers and institutes. Chase oversees academic support services and student services and is responsible for curriculum, academic planning, faculty appointments, faculty development, and promotion and tenure decisions.

Chase is a UCF professor of anthropology, a Pegasus Professor, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology in 1982 from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the ancient Maya of Central America, the rise and fall of complex societies, and mortuary archaeology. For over two decades, she has co-directed excavations at Caracol, Belize; before that she directed a project at Santa Rita Corozal in the same country. She has authored over 125 publications. Additional information on her research may be found at http://www.caracol.org.

Prior to being appointed interim provost and vice president, Chase was the executive vice provost. In this role, she administered the university’s regional and discipline accreditation, academic program review, and affiliation agreements. Units reporting to the executive vice provost include the Office of Faculty Relations, the Office of International Studies, the Center for Multilingual Multicultural Studies, the Office of Operational Excellence and Assessment Support, the International Services Center, the Center for Success of Women Faculty, and the Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Chase continues, as in her previous role at UCF, to serve as liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the Florida Board of Governors Academic and Student Affairs Committee, the UCF Board of Trustees Educational Programs Committee, and the UCF Faculty Senate.

Her husband, Dr. Arlen F. Chase is an Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Pegasus Professor, and a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Chases have three children: Adrian, Aubrey, and Elyse.