Ruth V. Watkins joined the University of Utah leadership team in August 2013 as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, with faculty appointments in the Department of Communication Disorders and the Department of Linguistics. Prior to joining the Utah leadership team, Dr. Watkins served as the Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois from 2009-2013. Dr. Watkins was a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois from 1993-2013, with a primary appointment in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, and courtesy appointments in Linguistics and Psychology. During her years at Illinois, Dr. Watkins performed a variety of academic leadership roles, including Associate Dean for Academic and Research Affairs in the College of Applied Health Sciences from 2000-2003, as Associate Provost from 2003-2006, and Vice Provost from 2006-2008. As Associate Provost, Watkins provided guidance to the campus on undergraduate education; as Vice Provost, she was Chief of Staff and provided leadership in the areas of academic affairs, faculty affairs, undergraduate education, and strategic planning and implementation.
Dr. Watkins’ scholarship focuses on communication development and disabilities, including prevention of disability in populations who are at risk, and early childhood stuttering. Her research and training programs have been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Education, and she has received recognition for teaching excellence at departmental and college levels. Most recently, Dr. Watkins served as the principal investigator on a grant from Lumina Foundation for Education, designed to expand opportunities and success for community college transfer students in large public research universities.
U.S. Mailing Address
201 Presidents Circle, Room 205
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Campus Mailing Address