About the Provost


Dr. Stephanie Rowley was appointed Provost, Dean, and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Teachers College on July 1, 2019.  Prior to joining Teachers College, Dr. Rowley served in several key leadership positions at the University of Michigan, including Associate Chair and Interim Chair of the Psychology Department, Chair of the Combined Program of Education and Psychology, and Associate Vice President for Research for Social Science, Arts, and Humanities.  In these roles, she was successful in advancing research and teaching support for faculty, advancing interdisciplinary collaboration, and strengthening graduate student life and development. 

Dr. Rowley earned her B.A. (1992) from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. (1997) in Developmental Psychology from the University of Virginia.  She began her career as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina in 1997, and in 2000 she joined the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychology.  Nationally, she currently serves on the Governing Council for the Society for Research and Child Development and the Ethics Committee of the American Education Research Association. She has won numerous awards for her research, teaching, service, and mentorship. Among her most valued awards have been those received for her outstanding mentoring of students.   

In her research, Dr. Rowley focuses on the influence of race- and gender-related attitudes and beliefs on the development of children’s academic self-concept with a strong emphasis on parents' roles in the development of these attitudes.  Her most recent project is an NSF-funded longitudinal study of African American parents’ beliefs about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and the relation of those beliefs to the socialization of their middle school youth. Dr. Rowley also served as one of six principal investigators at Michigan’s Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context, a research center dedicated to the study of Black youth, training of doctoral and post-doctoral students and community outreach.

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