Carol Parker serves as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Parker works with deans, faculty and staff across the campus to continue developing and promoting UTEP's nationally recognized model for enhancing the excellence of its academic and research programs, while successfully offering access and affordability to a first-generation and historically underserved student population. She has responsibility for the oversight and administration of all academic programs, ensuring that they provide a broad range of post-graduate and career opportunities for UTEP students, and increased prosperity and quality of life for the surrounding region.
Parker's breadth of experience includes work in the areas of accreditation, budget and finance, capital projects and facilities, economic development, faculty policy development, strategic planning, and information technology and data governance. Parker has more than a decade of experience as a faculty member and administrator at New Mexico's flagship research university. She joined the University of New Mexico (UNM) as an assistant professor of law in 2004, and later served as associate provost for academic personnel and, subsequently, senior vice provost for academic affairs. As a tenured Professor of Law, Parker also served as UNM Law School's Associate Dean for Finance and Administration.
She is a recipient of UNM Law’s Keleher & McLeod Professorship in recognition of her teaching, scholarship and service. She is licensed to practice law in Michigan and worked as a research attorney at the Michigan Court of Appeals.
As an American Council on Education Fellow in 2012-13, she participated in a yearlong development program for higher education leaders. Parker’s fellowship included an extended placement in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost at Arizona State University. As an ACE Fellow, she visited more than two dozen colleges, universities, foundations, state agencies and non-profits involved in higher education.
Parker received a J.D. degree in law from the Wayne State University Law School. She also holds a B.A. degree, cum laude, in humanities (College of Arts and Letters) from Michigan State University’s Honor’s College; and a M.S.I degree in information science (School of Information) from The University of Michigan, Rackham School of Graduate Studies.