Catherine A. Davy is the Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Clarke College in Iowa, her Master of Arts and her Ph.D. in drama and performance studies at New York University.

Professor Davy has had an extraordinary career as teacher, scholar and practitioner in performance studies, theater and feminist critical theory, and her experience in academic administration is wide and deep. Throughout her career, she has built strong, collaborative teams to accomplish significant achievements and strengthen academic programs. 

In addition, she clearly shares our campus' commitment to serving the metropolitan region. Since 2002, Professor Davy has served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English at Bentley University. Prior to that, she served as provost at Adelphi University and dean for the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Professor Davy is a creative scholar and an experienced academic leader who brings passion, commitment and an innovative approach to this important position. As a visiting scholar she taught graduate courses in her specialty areas at Yale and Northwestern, and was managing editor of The Drama Review. She authored three books, numerous book chapters and articles, and has been a highly successful fundraiser on behalf of the academic programs and facilities.