Christine M. Maziar, formerly provost at the University of Minnesota, was elected vice president and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame in summer 2004 and promoted to senior associate provost in summer 2007. Her responsibilities include administration of budgets, academic space management, and faculty appointments.
Dr. Maziar served as Minnesota's chief academic officer from July 2002 until stepping down to accept the appointment at Notre Dame. As provost, she was directly responsible for all colleges and academic units on the Twin Cities campus, except those in the Academic Health Center. She also oversaw the University Libraries, and the Offices of Information Technologies, Admissions, Student Affairs, and Enrolled Student Services.
Prior to her appointment as provost, Dr. Maziar served for four years as vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School at Minnesota with responsibility for an externally funded research program of approximately $500 million and 150 graduate programs serving more than 7,000 students. From 2000-02 she was chair of the graduate deans of the Big Ten Universities, and she chaired the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for Minnesota from 1998-2001.
Dr. Maziar joined the engineering faculty at the University of Texas in 1987 after earning her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University. At Texas, she developed a reputation as an innovator in the classroom, including the creation of an interdisciplinary course titled "On the Edge of the Electronic Frontier: The Technology, Culture and Politics of the Internet." She served for three years at Texas as vice provost.
Dr. Maziar received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and was honored by Purdue in 2000 with its Outstanding Electrical Engineer Award and in 2003 with its Distinguished Engineer Award. Her many research interests include developing models and computer simulation tools that describe charge transport in semiconductor device structures, transport phenomena in ultra-small structures, structures under high electric fields, and structures composed of superlattices or novel materials.
Dr. Maziar served on the Advisory Council for Graduate Studies and Research at Notre Dame from 2002 to 2004.