Janet Woodruff-Borden named to top academic affairs job

Janet Woodruff-Borden

Janet Woodruff-Borden, dean and vice provost of the UO Graduate School, has been appointed as executive vice provost for academic affairs.

Provost and Senior Vice President Patrick Phillips made the announcement this week, saying Woodruff-Borden will oversee all work that promotes and advances curricular matters, academic training, professional development and other areas within the chief academic officer’s portfolio. She begins in her new role Nov. 12.

Woodruff-Borden came to the UO in 2018 from the University of Louisville, where she was professor of psychological and brain sciences, associate dean of graduate education in Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences, and director of graduate studies for the institution’s clinical psychology doctoral program.

“In Janet, we have someone who has an exemplary track record of scholarly work in developmental psychopathology, has distinguished leadership experience in higher education, and has an understanding of how to support faculty and advance academic excellence,” Phillips said in his announcement.

As dean and vice provost of the Graduate School, Woodruff-Borden improved how the unit supports graduate programs across the university. She started a variety of initiatives, including developing best practices in graduate recruitment and admissions, professional development, data-informed decision-making and university graduate education policies. She also served as a member of the UO team for bargaining with the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation.

Phillips appointed professor Kate Mondloch of the College of Design as interim dean and vice provost of the Graduate School. Currently, Mondloch is head of the College of Design’s history of art and architecture department and has been at the UO since 2005.

Phillips said Mondloch has a track record of experience with graduate program development and administration at UO, where she was founding director of the transdisciplinary graduate certificate in new media and culture from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that, she served as director of graduate studies for six years. She also starts Nov. 12.