Associate Vice Provost for Planning and Assessment
Office of the Provost
Catherine Parsoneault currently serves as Associate Vice Provost for Planning and Assessment at Texas Tech University, with oversight of the Office of Planning and Assessment and the Ethics Center. She serves as the institution's liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and as the chief contact with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for all matters pertaining to academic programs. Prior to joining the Provost's staff at TTU in February 2013, Dr. Parsoneault served for twenty years on the staff of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in Austin, Texas. Her areas of responsibility at the Coordinating Board included the statewide core curriculum, transfer student success, and academic program review. She supported statewide advisory committees on international education, globalization in higher education, the Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual, undergraduate education, and transfer success, and served as a Coordinating Board liaison to the Board of the Texas Common Course Numbering System.
Dr. Parsoneault holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Wyoming, a Master of Music in music history and literature (summa cum laude) from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. in historical musicology from The University of Texas at Austin. She was the first graduate student from the UT-Austin School of Music to be honored with the Texas Exes/College of Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award. Her dissertation, The Montpellier Codex: Royal Influence and Musical Taste in Late Thirteenth-Century Paris, received the University of Texas School of Music Outstanding Dissertation Award. She has held part-time faculty positions at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas A&M University, and Southern Methodist University, where she also served as a full-time academic advisor for four years.
Dr. Parsoneault holds a black belt in aikido, and has taught children and adults through the Still Point Aikido Center in Austin, the first martial arts organization in Texas to receive official designation as a Peace Dojo through Aiki Extensions and Peace Dojos International. She enjoys travel and rock climbing, and takes pleasure in developing new recipes for artisanal jams and preserves.