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Maurie McInnis

Maurie McInnis is the executive vice president and provost at The University of Texas at Austin. As the university's chief academic officer, she leads strategic planning for the university's academic mission, and ensures academic programs are world-class and aligned with the university's commitment to diversity and equity. These responsibilities include leading academic programs and initiatives across the university’s 18 colleges and schools, which serve more than 51,000 students and support more than 3,000 teaching and research faculty.

In addition, McInnis oversees UT Austin’s libraries and museums, archival collections, research centers, and academic support units. Working closely with deans and other academic leaders, McInnis’ responsibilities also span:

  • Faculty recruitment, retention, and advancement
  • Enrollment management
  • Student success initiatives
  • Curriculum management
  • Resource management and academic space utilization
  • Accreditation and assessment
  • Institutional reporting
  • Non-residential, continuing education, and online offerings

McInnis is a member of the Core Crisis Management Team, Texas Exes Board of Directors, University Budget Council, Executive Compliance Committee, and is co-chair of the Strategic Information Technology Accountability Board.

Prior to serving as provost at The University of Texas at Austin, McInnis served the University of Virginia for almost 20 years in various academic and administrative appointments, including vice provost for academic affairs, associate dean for undergraduate academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, director of American Studies, and professor of art history.

McInnis is a renowned scholar in the cultural history of American art in the colonial and antebellum south. She has published extensively on American art history, including four books that earned six awards. She has also served as curator for multiple museum exhibitions.

McInnis earned a bachelor's degree with highest distinction in art history from University of Virginia and a master's degree and Ph.D., also in art history, from Yale University.


  • Deans Council
  • Vice Presidents Council
  • University Budget Council
  • Provost’s Budget Committee
  • University Capital Committee
  • University Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan
  • Core Crisis Management Team
  • President’s Faculty Promotion and Tenure Committee
  • Executive Compliance Committee (ECC)
  • Institutional Audit Committee (IAC)
  • Strategic IT Accountability Board (SITAB)


  • Executive Vice President and Provost, University of Texas at Austin, July 2016-present
  • Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities #1
  • Professor, University of Texas at Austin, 2016-present
  • Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Virginia, 2013-2016
  • Academic Dean, Semester at Sea, Summer 2013
  • Professor, University of Virginia, 2011-2016
  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia, 2010-2012
  • Director, American Studies, University of Virginia, 2006-2009
  • Associate Professor, University of Virginia, 2005-2011
  • Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, 1998-2005
  • Assistant Professor, James Madison University, 1996-1998

Professional Affiliations

  • Council on Academic Affairs, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • Council of Academic Provosts, University of Texas System
  • Texas Council of Chief Academic Officers (TCCAO)
  • Texas Exes Board of Directors
  • University of Virginia Alumni Association Board of Managers

Education and Training

  • Yale University, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
  • Christie’s Fine Arts Course, London
  • University of Virginia, B.A. with Highest Distinction

Representative Publications

  • Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade. University of Chicago Press, 2011. (issued in cloth and paperback)
  • Shaping the Body Politic: Art and Political Formation in the Early Nation, co-edited volume with Louis P. Nelson. Includes McInnis’ essay, “Revisiting Cincinnatus: Houdon’s George Washington.” Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011.
  • The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005. (issued in paperback in 2016)
  • A Jeffersonian Ideal: Selections from the Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon III Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Art Museum, 2005. (Served as contributor and co-editor).
  • In Pursuit of Refinement: Charlestonians Abroad 1740-1860. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1999. (Lead author and editor). (issued in cloth and paperback)