University Professor G. Richard Tucker Named
Associate Vice Provost for Education at Carnegie Mellon in Qatar
PITTSBURGH—G. Richard Tucker, the Paul Mellon University Professor of Applied Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon University, has been named associate vice provost for education for Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate campus in Qatar. Tucker succeeds Gloria Hill, who is now assistant dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Humanities and Social Sciences and director of its Academic Advisory Center.
In his new role Tucker will work with Carnegie Mellon Executive Vice President and Provost Mark Kamlet, Vice Provost for Education Indira Nair and the college and school deans to make sure the academic and student life experiences at the Qatar campus continue to be an extension of the high quality programs in Pittsburgh. He also will assist in recruiting and mentoring faculty, developing programs and minor courses of study, and in promoting cross-campus student collaborations and exchanges. In addition, he will continue to serve as a University Professor in the Modern Languages Department.
"This is a remarkable opportunity for the Qatar campus," said Chuck Thorpe, dean of Carnegie Mellon Qatar. "Dick has long experience as a department head, acting dean and active participant in so many parts of the university. His breadth of experience will help us in many different ways."
Most recently, Tucker was Carnegie Mellon's interim dean of Student Affairs during the 2008-09 academic year. After joining the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1992, he became head of the Modern Languages Department in 1995 and held that post for 12 years. Under his leadership the department prospered, earning a reputation as one of the university's strongest teaching units. In 2003, Tucker was named the Paul Mellon Professor of Applied Linguistics and in 2006 he was named a University Professor, the highest distinction a faculty member can achieve at Carnegie Mellon. Tucker received the university's Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education in 2007.
Pictured above is University Professor G. Richard Tucker, associate vice provost for education for Carnegie Mellon's campus in Qatar.