Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bethami Dobkin, Ph.D.
As the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Saint Mary's College of California, Dr. Dobkin oversees the operational management of the College, with specific responsibility for academic affairs, enrollment, student affairs, and technology.
In her academic leadership role, Dr. Dobkin coordinates student learning inside and outside of the classroom. She advances the pursuit of high-quality teaching and distinctive scholarship, and articulates the College’s academic vision consistent with its strategic plan.
Dr. Dobkin provides strategic and operational leadership, vision and direction for the design and implementation of the College's academic programs, student services, and enrollment services; initiates plans and actions for the establishment and maintenance of a physical environment conducive to teaching, learning and living; and provides academic and administrative leadership to the College's students, faculty, and staff.
The Provost directs the activities of the Chief Technology Officer; Vice Provosts for Undergraduate Academics, Graduate and Professional Studies, Student Life, and Enrollment Services and College Communications; the Office of Institutional Research; Deans of the four Schools (Economics and Business Administration, Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Education) and Library and Academic Resources; the Director of Academic Business Operations and Personnel; and the College’s Chief Diversity Officer.
Dr. Dobkin has a distinguished history in higher education as a faculty member and an academic leader. Previously, she served as Associate Provost and Professor of Communication Studies at the University of San Diego, as well as directing the University of Massachusetts Public Debate program and teaching at Hartford University, the University of Connecticut, and the College of Our Lady of the Elms.
Dr. Dobkin has achieved national recognition for her research and teaching in the area of media and conflict. Her honors have included a fellowship in executive leadership with the American Council on Education. She earned her doctorate in Rhetoric and Social Order and a master’s degree in Rhetoric from the University of Massachusetts, and received a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Humboldt State University.