Dr. Patricia A. Turner was appointed Dean and Vice Provost for UCLA’s Division of Undergraduate Education, effective Dec. 17, 2012. Professor Turner comes to UCLA from UC Davis where, in 1999, she was appointed vice provost for undergraduate education. From 2004 to 2006 she served as interim dean of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, before returning to the position of vice provost for undergraduate education in the spring of 2007.
Patricia is a professor in World Arts and Cultures and African-American Studies; and her research focuses on racial dynamics as they surface in folklore and popular culture. Her fourth book, Crafted Lives: Stories and Studies of African-American Quilters, was published by University of Mississippi Press in 2009.
Patricia is chair of the UC Education Abroad Program Governing Committee and a member of UCDC Academic Advisory Council. She has served as executive director of the Reinvention Center, a national consortium of deans and vice provosts of undergraduate education at research universities. She holds a B.S. in political science from SUNY College at Oneonta and an M.A. and Ph.D. in rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley.