Texas Tech University.

Dean of University College

Valerie Osland Paton, Ph.D., Interim

Valerie Osland Paton, Ph.D.

Dr. Valerie Osland Paton was named interim dean of University College June 1, 2011. Paton is responsible for coordination of university-wide distributed learning programs, including off-campus programs at TTU-El Paso, TTU-Amarillo, TTU-Abilene, TTU-Highland Lakes, TTU-Fredericksburg, TTU-Waco and the TTU Center at Junction. Additionally, she coordinates selected university engagement activities including the TTU Independent School District which has about 70,000 enrollments each year. Paton also serves as vice provost for planning & assessment. In this role she supervises Texas Tech's institutional effectiveness infrastructure, including Institutional Research, Academic Services and Facility Resources, the Office of Planning and Assessment, and the Quality Enhancement Plan/TTU Ethics Center. She also serves as the university's accreditation liaison.

Paton is a faculty member in the higher educational program in TTU's College of Education. Her research interests include higher education policy and practice, engagement, planning and assessment. She is a co-PI for a Hispanic Serving Institutions STEM grant with El Centro College, TTU's Department of Biology, and TTU Center at Junction; PI for a Suder Foundation grant on first generation students; and PI on a TTU Graduate School Grant for Growing Graduate Programs.

She previously served as Associate Vice Provost with responsibilities for the development of distributed learning opportunities at Texas Tech University. Her academic preparation includes a B.A. in American Studies from San Jose State University, a M.A. Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California.