About the Provost

Dr. Elizabeth A. Dooley
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Elizabeth A. Dooley, Ed.D., serves as the University of Central Florida’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

She is UCF’s chief academic officer, providing leadership for 13 colleges, including a college of medicine, along with multiple campuses, research centers, and institutes. Her responsibilities include curriculum, faculty development, academic support services, student services, and oversight of UCF’s $1.8 billion operating budget.

Prior to becoming provost in October 2018, she served as UCF’s interim provost, vice provost for the Division of Teaching and Learning and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, where her role included oversight of curriculum, academic planning, faculty appointments, faculty development, promotion and tenure decisions.

Before joining UCF in 2015, Dr. Dooley was the associate provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at West Virginia University. She also served in other leadership roles, including interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services. She was also the founding dean of the University College and department chair of Curriculum Instruction/Literacy Studies and Special Education at WVU. Dr. Dooley also held a faculty appointment as a professor of Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Dooley is a champion of student and faculty success. She collaborates across UCF to foster a culture of teaching and learning that engages faculty and students in creating knowledge, promoting scholarship and developing cutting-edge teaching and learning practices.

She is steadfast in her commitment to providing educational experiences that help students succeed. “All UCF students are Knights of Distinction,” said Dr. Dooley. “It is our obligation to provide everyone with access to an exceptional academic experience. This means that our students have robust and meaningful learning experiences in the classroom and beyond that will enable them to successfully achieve their academic, professional and civic goals after they graduate.”

As part of her unwavering belief that a quality education should be accessible to everyone, Dr. Dooley was instrumental in engaging communities across West Virginia in a partnership that created exceptional secondary and post-secondary learning opportunities for more than 2,000 underserved youth.

Dr. Dooley also advocates for faculty. She said, “We must promise our faculty an inclusive environment that promotes scholarship and personal and professional growth.”

Dr. Dooley holds a doctorate in Education (Special Education with a minor in Higher Education Administration) and a master’s degree in Special Education from WVU, and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Special Education from Alderson Broaddus College.