Dr. R. William Ayres IV, associate dean of the Graduate School at Wright State University in Dayton, has been named UT’s new vice provost for academic affairs.
“We are happy to have Dr. Ayres come on board,” Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive president for academic affairs, said. “With his experience as an academic leader, he will help us reach new levels of success.”“I am very excited to join The University of Toledo,” Ayres said. “I look forward to working with Provost Hsu and supporting faculty in their academic life and getting to know their programs.”
Responsibilities of the vice provost for academic affairs include assisting colleges in curriculum and degree design; working closely with deans and administrators as relates to educational policy and academic programs; partnering with enrollment management and college leadership to meet enrollment goals; and assisting with strategic planning efforts.
Ayres has served as associate dean of the Graduate School at Wright State since 2013 and as interim dean for one year. Prior to that, he was assistant dean of the school from 2010 to 2013.
Before moving to Ohio, he worked as director of the Center for Global Citizenship at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa., where Ayres was an associate professor of international relations from 2006 to 2010. He spent eight years at the University of Indianapolis as an assistant professor of history and political science from 1999 to 2003 and was promoted to associate professor in 2004. In 2000, he founded the UI International Relations Program and served as its director for six years.
Ayres also was a visiting assistant professor of political science at the University of Mississippi in Oxford from 1998 to 1999 and at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s from 1997 to 1998.
He is the co-author of two books, “For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism and War (2008 with Stephen Saidman) and “Carry a Chicken in Your Lap, or Whatever It Takes to Globalize Your Business (2009 with Bruce Alan Johnson), and the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles.
Ayres received doctoral and master’s degrees in political science from Ohio State University in 1997 and 1994, respectively, and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Williams College in 1991. He also completed a management development program at the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education.