Alan J. Silva, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President; Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences and College for Women

Alan Silva oversees more than thirty liberal arts programs in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences, and has primary responsibility for the baccalaureate education of all women students in the University’s historic College for Women.

Dr. Silva has worked closely with faculty and staff to develop new liberal arts programs, a cluster of academic excellence initiatives, including the collaborative undergraduate research program, and a university-wide plan for internationalizing the curriculum and co-curriculum. A strong proponent of community engagement and service-learning, he co-chaired the Carnegie Engagement Classification process. With his long-standing commitment to multiple forms of diversity, he currently serves as the co-chair of the Equity and Inclusion Matrix. In 2013, he led a highly successful institutional reaccreditation process that resulted in a glowing evaluation from the Higher Learning Commission.

Originally from California, Dr. Silva received his bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Fresno, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in English from the University of California, Davis. An accomplished teacher of composition, film studies, literary theory, and American literature, he has published on colonial American literature, film, and various aspects of higher education, including faculty development and academic leadership.