Provost Sharon Gaber
Sharon L. Gaber became provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas on May 1, 2009. She came to the University of Arkansas, where she is also professor of sociology, from Auburn University, where she served most recently as interim provost. Prior to this she served Auburn as senior associate provost and associate provost for academic administration. She began her time at Auburn as associate dean in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction.
Prior to Auburn University, she was a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She served as department chair, graduate officer and held the A. Leicester Hyde endowed professorship.
She holds the Ph.D. of City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, a Masters of Planning from the University of Southern California, and B.A. degrees in economics and urban studies from Occidental College. Her research interests are in community needs assessment of marginalized populations and planning methods.
She has served on the National Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Governing Board, was awarded the 2006 State of Alabama Outstanding Professional Planner of the Year, and the 2009 Auburn University Women of Distinction Faculty Award.