April 23, 2019
The University of Texas at Austin has appointed Tasha Beretvas as the next senior vice provost for faculty affairs. She currently serves as the associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Education. Beretvas will succeed Janet Dukerich, who has served in this role since 2014. Her appointment begins June 1, 2019.
“Tasha’s rich knowledge and understanding of UT and her perspective as a widely respected faculty member are tremendous assets. Her own experience in the classroom, teaching and mentoring students, and as a highly accomplished researcher will help her in this position as she works to support faculty success. She is a leader and cares deeply about the success of her colleagues, and I look forward working with her to support UT faculty,” said Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost.
Beretvas joined the UT faculty in 2000 and has since distinguished herself as a researcher, teacher and administrator. Her research focuses on enhancing statistical models used in social and educational science through the assessment of models and techniques, and collaborating with applied researchers. Some of her recent research has focused on innovating models to improve our understanding of the variables influencing student learning over time and the geographic mobility of K-12 students. Beretvas has co-authored more than 100 articles and book chapters, and she was a Fulbright scholar in 2018. She is the John L. and Elizabeth G. Hill Centennial Professor in the Quantitative Methods program in the Department of Educational Psychology.
“I am so grateful for the support my faculty colleagues have given me during my career here at UT. What excites me the most about this role is that I can work with faculty across campus to achieve our collective goals. When they have the opportunities and resources to succeed and feel a sense of community and support, everyone benefits. Students flourish, we advance our research and scholarship contributions, and we are better able to meet our public obligations as an institution,” said Beretvas.
In the classroom, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate level statistics courses to students across campus. She has been recognized for her teaching excellence with the UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009 and the University Co-op Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award in 2016. Beretvas has made numerous contributions to the greater campus community. She serves as a key member of the University Faculty Gender Equity Council, and she has led efforts to collect, analyze and present data in the 2018 Faculty Gender Equity Report.
She earned undergraduate degrees in mathematics and psychology from Duke University. After working for five years at IBM as a programmer, she earned her master's and a doctoral degree in measurement, statistics, and research design from the University of Washington.