Vice President and Associate Provost
Don Pope-Davis was elected vice president and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame in July 2007. He is responsible for leading and managing the Provost's Office's involvement in the faculty recruitment and hiring process, tenure and promotions procedures, mentoring programs for faculty, and the creation and administration of new programs to help prepare faculty leaders to carry out administrative tasks.
Dr. Pope-Davis' administrative experience includes service for five years in the Notre Dame Graduate School – as assistant vice president from 2002 to 2004 and associate vice president for the following two years. He served on an interim basis for the 2006-07 academic year as dean of the Graduate School. He has been coordinator of the University's Multicultural Research Institute since 2000 and directs Notre Dame's TRIO programs – the McNair Scholars Program, Upward Bound and Talent Search, all federally funded educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Dr. Pope-Davis was appointed in 2006 as chair of Notre Dame's Faculty Board on Athletics and its NCAA faculty athletics representative. He is a member of the NCAA Committee on Athletic Certification and was chair of Notre Dame's NCAA certification sub-committee for equity, gender and sportsmanship. He also serves on campus on the Provost's Advisory Committee and the Diversity Committee.
Dr. Pope-Davis studies in the areas of multicultural psychology, counseling and education. Specifically, he is interested in cultural and racial identity development, cultural competency training, development, and assessment. Other areas of research include multicultural supervision in professional psychology, development of multicultural measures for assessing environments and supervision, issues of mental health of people of color, and cross-cultural communications.
Dr. Pope-Davis is the co-author of three books, "Multicultural Counseling Competencies: Assessment, Education, and Supervision," "The Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender in Multicultural Counseling," and, most recently, "Handbook of Multicultural Competencies in Counseling and Psychology." He has published extensively in journals and books in the field and is a research fellow of the American Psychological Association.
A graduate of Benedictine University with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Dr. Pope-Davis earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Stanford University. He previously taught and conducted research at the University of Maryland for six years and the University of Iowa for five years. He also served as a senior staff psychologist in the University Counseling Service at Iowa and as a counselor in the Stanford University Counseling Institute.