Scott A. Bass is American University's provost. As chief academic officer, Dr. Bass provides leadership for AU’s six schools and colleges, the University Library, the Washington Semester Program, AU Abroad, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Office of Enrollment, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, Sponsored Programs, the Office of the Registrar, and the Career Center.
Dr. Bass was previously vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he also held the academic appointment as distinguished professor of sociology and public policy.
As a key member of UMBC’s senior management group, Dr. Bass was deeply involved in all significant aspects of the university’s academic mission. Through his work at UMBC, and in previous positions, Dr. Bass developed an impressive knowledge of contemporary higher education. He played a central role in shaping UMBC’s strategic plan, which included faculty development, undergraduate programs, and enrollment management.
Dr. Bass managed a growing research and graduate enterprise at UMBC, with five major campus-wide research centers directly reporting to him. He had overall responsibility for setting the vision and direction for graduate education and research, including recruitment, new initiatives, program and center reviews, academic policy, progressions, and graduation. He was also responsible for technology transfer, sponsored programs, compliance with state and federal scientific regulations, and collaborative research partnerships with federal laboratories, government agencies, other universities, and the private sector.
At UMBC, Bass oversaw the more than doubling of external grants and contracts (from $36 million to $89 million) and a tripling of federal research and development funding. In graduate education, he created recruitment strategies and new program initiatives that resulted in an 83 percent growth in graduate enrollments, and he launched campus-wide efforts that increased the representation of minorities and women in graduate education. In 2002, UMBC earned the Council of Graduate Schools/Peterson’s Award for Innovation in Promoting an Inclusive Graduate Education Community.
Prior to UMBC, Dr. Bass served at the University of Massachusetts Boston for 17 years in a number of positions, including professor in the College of Public and Community Service, director of the Gerontology Institute, graduate program director of the PhD program in gerontology, and head of the Gerontology Center.
Dr. Bass earned a combined doctorate in psychology and education from the University of Michigan, where he also earned an MA in clinical psychology and a BA in psychology. A nationally known gerontologist, Dr. Bass has written or edited 8 books and 45 articles, earned a Fulbright Research Scholarship to Japan, and is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. He has served as coeditor of Aging and Social Policy and on the editorial boards of several other journals. In 2004, he was a visiting professor at Stanford University.
Meet the President's Council, a group made up of members of the president’s cabinet (senior university administrators), the academic deans (academic leadership), the university librarian, and the director of athletics and recreation.