Teresa Sullivan is the eighth president of the University of Virginia (U.Va.). Before coming to U.Va., she was the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan. She also was professor of sociology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Prior to her work at the University of Michigan, Sullivan was Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Texas System.
Sullivan's research focuses on labor force demography, with emphasis on economic marginality and consumer debt. The author or co-author of six books and more than 50 scholarly articles, her most recent work explores the question of who files for bankruptcy and why.
Sullivan is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She serves as Chair of the National Research Council Panel on Measuring Higher Education Productivity and as a member of the following committees and councils: National Research Council Committee on Research Universities; Council of Presidents for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges; National Security Higher Education Council; Council on Foreign Relations Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues; and the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the trade association of the technology industry in Northern Virginia. She serves as the Association of American Universities representative on the American Council of Education's Board of Directors and as a member of the Higher Education Advisory Committee, which provides guidance for implementation of the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011.
A graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University, Sullivan received her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.
Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers
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