Dr. Kathy Ogren assumed the academic helm at the University of Redlands as Provost in June 2015 after four years of service as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to her work in the Dean’s Office, Ogren was a devoted faculty member in the History Department, and the Director of the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies from 1999-2007.
Kathy graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in American studies from Scripps College and earned a Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University. She held the Virginia C. Hunsaker Chair in Distinguished Teaching at the University of Redlands from 2005-2011.
Ogren’s teaching and research spans two decades, with an emphasis on historical and cultural changes situated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Often combining history, literature and music in her classes, Ogren regularly offers courses in American and African American History, Women’s History, Jazz and Blues Studies, and The Modern American West. She regularly contributes to the Women's and Gender Studies and Race and Ethnic Studies programs, and has taught in the Proudian Honors Program. Ogren will continue to teach on jazz and blues literature and the American West.
Ogren is the author of The Jazz Revolution: Twenties America and the Meaning of Jazz; and with Bill McDonald, Hard Travelin”: Livin’ and Learnin’ in the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies. Most recently, Ogren published “Out of the Father’s House into a Community of Readers,” in Encountering Disgrace: Reading and Teaching Coetzee’s Novel. Selected as a LENS Fellow at the University of Redlands in 2010, Ogren is at work on a GIS enhanced project entitled “Roots/Routes Music and Poetry in the North American West.”
Long fascinated with the social significance of vernacular cultural forms, in particular jazz, blues, and cowboy poetry and music, Ogren values learning communities in which improvisational exchanges both transmit and create knowledge. As dean, Ogren sought collaboratively to engage such improvisation with students, faculty colleagues, and administrators. Kathy is committed to continued collaborative engagement in her role as the Provost.
The Provost provides academic leadership within the University and is responsible for the academic budget, strong mentorship of deans, and University-wide systems that enable of the academic mission. The Provost reports to the President, serves on the President’s Cabinet, and works with the Board of Trustees in academic planning and development. The Provost helps to define the academic vision of the University and provides leadership in the implementation of the University’s strategic plan. The Provost supports the growth and development of the faculty, plays an important role in tenure and promotion decisions, and works closely with the faculty through shared governance.