Interim Vice Provost for Planning and Programs
Barbara Ransby has been appointed Interim Vice Provost for Planning and Programs, effective October 16, 2011, pending Board of Trustees approval.
Dr. Ransby has served as Director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program since 2008, and is currently a Professor in the Departments of African American Studies, History, and Gender and Women's Studies at UIC. Over the course of her 15 years at UIC she has served on numerous departmental, college-level and campus-wide committees and task forces and has been especially committed to diversity, community engagement and service initiatives. Her committee appointments have included the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Blacks and the Advisory Board of the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, and she currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy.
Dr. Ransby has published dozens of articles and essays in popular and scholarly venues on the topics of 20th century African American history, social movements, Black women's (and feminist) history, African American and Black international politics, and the ways in which historical memory impacts public policy and popular culture. She is most notably the author of the award-winning biography of civil rights activist Ella Baker, entitled Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision. The book won eight awards, including the Joan Kelly Prize for best book in women's history from the American Historical Association (AHA). Dr. Ransby received the prestigious Catherine Prelinger Scholarship Award for her overall contributions to women's history. She is currently completing a biography of anthropologist and anti-colonial activist Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson to be published by Yale University Press in 2012.
Dr. Ransby has served on the program committee for the Southern Historical Association and as chair of the Committee on Women Historians of the AHA, as well as a working group on civic engagement organized by the National Women's Studies Association. Dr. Ransby writes for the Progressive Media Project and other popular publications, and serves on the editorial board of the London-based journal Race and Class and the editorial advisory board of the online publication The Black Commentator. She is on the academic advisory committee of Ms. Magazine, the national advisory committee of Imagining America, and is co-chair of The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council. Dr. Ransby has lectured widely at conferences, political events and professional meetings and has been an invited speaker on nearly 100 college campuses. Her contributions to civic organizations, museums and film documentary projects have included work for the Ford Foundation, the Chicago History Museum, WBEZ, and the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.
The Vice Provost for Planning and Programs (VPPP) coordinates strategic planning at the campus level, working with units for specific plans and with the Chancellor's Office for full campus strategic planning. The VPPP partners with academic units and faculty to develop pipeline initiatives and acquire associated federal and foundation funding. The Office of the VPPP works with the faculty senate, colleges and departments on the creation, approval, review, assessment, suspension and closure of academic programs. Reporting to the Vice Provost are the School of Continuing Studies, the US/Asia Executive Development Program, the Urban Health Program and the Offices of International Affairs, Pipeline Programs, Program Development, Programs and Academic Assessment, and Policy Development.