Nancy A. Gutierrez
Office: 430 Fretwell
Nancy A. Gutierrez is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to coming to UNC Charlotte, she served as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Arizona State University, where she was a Professor of English. Also at ASU, she served as Chair of the Department of English (1993 through 1999) and as Associate Dean for Academic Personnel (2000-2003). Serving in these roles at ASU, Gutierrez initiated several professional development programs for faculty, including a complete overhaul of the orientation for first-faculty that included a year-long series of workshops and a university-wide mentoring program; she also initiated a revision of the general education program. At UNC Charlotte, she has continued her work with faculty development. Other areas of emphasis during her career include the role of the scholarship of engagement in promotion and tenure decisions, advocacy for interdisciplinary research and programming, globalization in curriculum and in faculty professionalization, and advocacy for the liberal arts.
Gutierrez received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Denison University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in English Literature from the University of Chicago. A scholar of early modern English literature, Gutierrez has published on Shakespearean drama and early modern women. She served as President of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association and as Treasurer for the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. She has been involved in several national discussions regarding issues in higher education, including the inclusion of public health curricula in general education programs and the impact of the changing faculty on student success. She served in 2013-14 as President of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, a national association of over 500 baccalaureate degree-granting colleges of arts and sciences whose purpose is to sustain the arts and sciences as a leading influence in American higher education. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Arts and Science Council (Charlotte) and of the Socrates Academy (a partial-Greek immersion charter school, Matthews, NC), and currently serves as a member of three Boards of Directors: the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Charlotte Museum of History, and the Women + Girls Research Alliance (a community-university alliance with the mission of improving the lives of women and girls in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region).