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Vice Provost for Faculty Success

Beth Mitchneck
Beth Mitchneck, Ph.D. Vice Provost for Faculty Success (Research Leave Spring 2019)


Migration, displacement from violent conflict, former Soviet Union, Georgia, Ukraine

Research Interest

Social networks of migrants and people displaced from violent conflict

Educational Background

A.B. Russian Studies with Honors, Bryn Mawr College
Certificate in Soviet Studies from W. Averell Harriman Institute for the Advanced Study of the Soviet Union, Columbia University
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. in Geography, Columbia University,


Vice Provost Beth Mitchneck oversees the development of faculty success in scholarship and instructional activities at UMass Lowell.

Prior to serving as vice provost, Mitchneck held numerous administrative positions at the University of Arizona including associate dean for academic affairs of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, interim vice provost for academic affairs, interim dean, and Faculty Associate to the Provost for the North Central Accreditation. She also was the lead program officer for the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program to promote gender equity in academic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). 

Mitchneck has a dual research focus on migration and displaced populations with an emphasis on countries of former Georgia and Ukraine and on gender equity in STEM. She has served on national boards for the Social Science Research Council, the Kennan Institute and editorial boards for the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and Soviet Geography. She has received substantial funding from the National Science Foundation and other federally funded agencies. 

Her most recent publications include: “A Recipe for Change: Creating a more inclusive academy” in Science; “Policy Streams and Immigration to Russia: Competing and Complementary Interests at the Federal and Local Levels” in International Migration; “Displacing Blame: Divergent Accounts of the Georgia-Abkhazia Conflict” in Ethnopolitics; and “Traumatic Masculinities: Shifting Gender Roles Of Georgian IDPs From Abkhazia, in Gender, Place and Culture. 

Mitchneck completed the Tucson Public Voices Fellowship with the OpEd Project in 2015-2016. She has published numerous articles in the popular press about her research and gender issues in venues such as Foreign Affairs online, The Hill, and U.S. News & World Report and is quoted in numerous articles about gender equity in STEM.