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Charles F. Robinson

Charles F. Robinson

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Vice Chancellor for the Division of Student Affairs


(VCAC)-Vice Chancellor For Academic Affairs

(VCAC)-Vice Chancellor For Academic Affairs

Phone: 479-575-5007

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Dr. Robinson is currently serving in a dual role, as Vice Chancellor for the Division of Student Affairs since May 2016, and as Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs since July 2020.

He joined the U of A faculty as an assistant professor of history in 1999, achieving the rank of full professor of history in 2010.   He also served as director of the African American Studies program from 2005-1010.  In 2009, Robinson was appointed vice provost for diversity affairs within the U of A division of academic affairs before being promoted to vice-chancellor in 2013.

Over the course of the six years that he has served as the university’s chief diversity officer, Dr. Robinson has created a number of programs that have successfully increased student access and improved student retention rates. Among these are the College Access Initiative, a college access program that offers hundreds of Arkansas high schoolers critical college readiness training.   ACT Academy, a summer residential program serving more than 200 students statewide with ACT and other college readiness training; and the Academic Enrichment Program (AEP), and academic retention initiative targeting underrepresented students. The program provides extensive mentoring support for students and connects them to important academic resources, leadership development opportunities, and social experiences.

Dr. Robinson has been instrumental in growing the number of underrepresented faculty and staff. Managing the university’s Strategic Hiring Fund, Dr. Robinson has worked closely with the provost, deans, and academic department heads to identify and recruit minority faculty. He regularly conducts training on best practices and recruiting underrepresented personnel to a variety of campus units.

Dr. Robinson earned his bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Houston, his master’s degree in history from Rice University, and his doctorate in history from the University of Houston.

Ph.D., University of Houston

M.A., Rice University

B.A., History, University of Houston.

  • Forsaking All Others: A True Story of Interracial Sex and Revenge in the 1880s South (University of Tennessee Press, 2010.
  • Remembrances in Black: Personal Perspectives of the African American Experience at the University of Arkansas, 1940s-2000s (University of Arkansas Press, 2010)
  • Dangerous Liaisons: Sex and Love in the Segregated South. (University of Arkansas Press,  2003).

Robinson has been a college teacher for over 19 years. He taught his first nine years at Houston Community College and presently serves as Associate Professor of History, and the Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Arkansas- Fayetteville.

Teaching and lecturing are Robinson‘s passions. In his time at the University of Arkansas, he has been awarded the Fulbright College Master Teacher Award, the Arkansas Alumni Distinguished Teacher Award, and the Student Alumni Board Teacher of the Year Award. Robinson has also been cited for excellence and inducted into the university‘s Teaching Academy. In 2006, the Black Students Association honored Robinson with the Lonnie R. Williams Bridging Excellence Award and in January 2008, he was given the Martin Luther King Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award by the Fayetteville MLK committee.