Edward Katz, Ph.D., is the Associate Provost and Dean of University Programs at UNC Asheville. He currently serves as the Chief Research Officer. Dr. Katz earned his MA (1989) and PhD (1992) in English from the University of Rochester, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington (1986) and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University (1980). He holds the rank of Professor of Literature and Language, as well, having taught in the department for 11 years before assuming administrative postion in Academic Affairs, which he has held for over 8 years.
He serves as a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, where he assists universities and colleges on large-scale initiatives and general education. He is a faculty member at the Science Educatin for New Civil Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Summer Institutes and serves as co-director of the SENCER Center of Innovation-South, hosted here at UNC Asheville. Dr. Katz is the recipient of UNCA's Distinguished Teacher Award for Untenured Faculty (1995), the Distinquished Teacher Award in the Humanities (1999-2000) and the University Distinquished Teacher Award (2003-2004). In 2005, the Association of General and Liberal Studies awarded him with the Jerry G. Gaff Faculty Award for contributions to teaching and leadership in liberal education.