Provost, Chief Academic Officer
Adrienne McCormick currently serves as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at the University of Redlands. Prior to joining the Redlands team, Dr. McCormick served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English at Winthrop University, a public comprehensive institution with 5000 students in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and served for 20 years in the State University of New York (SUNY) system at two separate campuses. Her roles in SUNY included four years at SUNY Oswego as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and 16 years at SUNY Fredonia, where she served in roles including Interim Associate Provost for Curriculum, Assessment, and Academic Support; Interim Assistant Provost for Special Initiatives; Chair of the Department of English; Director of the Women’s Studies Program, and English faculty member. At Winthrop, she collaborated with faculty and academic and other campus leaders on a successful decennial review; the development of a Quality Enhancement Plan on career readiness; the implementation of ACUE faculty professional development micro-credential resources; transfer partnerships, and pathways; and a comprehensive draft of an academic plan. She has extensive experience supporting strategic plan implementation; innovative new program development; community engagement initiatives; comprehensive internationalization; and development of implicit bias and DEIJ training programs for faculty, staff, and students. She has procured external funding to support bridge programs in mathematics for STEM students, and simulation labs for faculty research and instructional development.
A native of Michigan transplanted to Alabama at the age of seven, she completed her bachelor’s degree in English and Dramatic Arts and Sciences at Queens University of Charlotte, in North Carolina, and her Master’s degree in American literature, with a creative thesis in poetry, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She completed her Ph.D. in literature and a graduate certificate in women’s studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her scholarly interests focus on contemporary American and British poets who explore the constructions and intersections of identity, nation, and belonging. Her teaching interests include contemporary American and London-based poets, women’s literature, women filmmakers, and gender and women’s studies. She taught a study abroad course on Mapping Englishness in London for more than a decade.
With her husband Brian Davis, Dr. McCormick has the joy of parenting two sons and two daughters – ages 11, 15, 18, and 21 – all of whom moved west with Provost McCormick to join the Redlands community - along with their rescue black-and-tan hound dog - Zuko. In her personal time, Provost McCormick is an avid reader, sourdough bread baker, and yoga practitioner.
Office of 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.