Dr. Phyllis Peres is Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs effective June 1, 2011. As Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Peres works closely with all aspects of faculty policies, actions and contracts, mentorship and development, workload oversight, and faculty recognition and awards. She also holds overall supervision of the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning. As Senior Vice Provost, Dr. Peres also has overall responsibility for the AU Career Center, including the Office of Merit Awards, as well as AU Abroad/Abroad at AU.
Dr. Peres holds tenure in the Department of Language and Foreign Studies, and is recognized internationally as a scholar of Portuguese, Brazilian, and African cultures. She directed two National Endowment for the Humanities programs in Brazil for university and college faculty, has been awarded Fulbrights to Portugal and Brazil, and is past president of the American Portuguese Studies Association.