Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Karen Pugliesi was appointed as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in June 2021. She has worked for and served NAU in a variety of capacities for over 20 years. Most recently, Dr. Pugliesi served as the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. She has also served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Work and as founding Dean of the University College.
Dr. Pugliesi joined the faculty at NAU in the Department of Sociology in 1989. She holds an undergraduate degree from Utah State University and a PhD from Washington State University, in Sociology.
During her career at NAU, she has provided leadership for numerous departments and programs to support university academic programs, use of technology in instruction, and business processes supporting enrollment and student progression, curriculum, instructional planning and academic assessment. Through her leadership, Dr. Pugliesi has directed academic program review, institutional accreditation processes, as well as numerous initiatives to increase institutional performance in student learning and graduation outcomes.