Katharine H. Cole is currently Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) at UMBC. She's served in this role since August 14, 2017.
As vice provost and dean, Cole leads the Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs in offering programs that deliver a distinctive UMBC undergraduate experience. She guides and reviews curricula, programs, and academic policy, and fosters collaborative relationships with both colleagues across campus and external partners, with the goal of supporting the success of all students. Units and programs within the UAA include the Office of Undergraduate Education, Honors College, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Women’s Center, Learning Resources Center, Meyerhoff Scholars Program, and Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program.
Prior to joining UMBC, Katharine served as associate provost and dean of academic services for five years at the University of Tampa. Prior to that, she served as associate dean of undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida (2010 – 2012).
Cole also held faculty positions at the University of Maryland, Baltimore; University of South Florida; and University of Tampa, and, early in her career, was a postdoctoral fellow and a clinical research scientist for the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. She holds a B.A. in biological sciences from the University of Delaware, M.A. in zoology from the University of Northern Colorado, and Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.