Taviare Hawkins appointed assistant provost for research, development and civic engagement
Taviare "Tav" Hawkins, Ph.D., has joined Wagner College as the inaugural assistant provost for research, development, and civic engagement. Provost Tarshia Stanley announced Hawkins's appointment.
"We are fortunate that Dr. Hawkins will bring her fundraising and grant writing knowledge to us along with her capacity for strengthening and increasing enrollment in the natural, physical, and computational sciences," Stanley said.
In the newly created position, Hawkins will facilitate interdisciplinary work among graduate and undergraduate programs, lead key grant-seeking efforts, support the growth of the sciences and computer sciences programs, and drive institutional civic engagement.
Hawkins has chaired the Math and Sciences Division at St. Catherine University, where she steered the Expanding HERizons campaign, a program to increase the number of women and people of color in STEM and raise funds to renovate the science and technology facilities. Prior, she was chair and professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She has taught at Mount Holyoke College, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Syracuse University.
Hawkins is heavily involved in activities that increase the number of women and people of color in physics, promote the sciences, and improve science students' retention and graduation rates. She is chair-elect on the American Physical Society's Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public and is an elected councilor on the Physics and Astronomy Division committee of the Council on Undergraduate Research.
Hawkins, who started in the new role on July 17, holds an M.S. in computer science, an M.S. in physics, and a Ph.D. in physics from Syracuse University. She received her B.S. in physics with a minor in African American studies from the University of Iowa.