Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affiars
Eliza Pavalko spent most of her 25 years at Indiana University doing teaching and research in sociology, but in August 2015 she became Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs (VPFAA) . “I am responsible for developing faculty careers, cultivating faculty leadership and defining faculty rights and responsibilities for the IU Bloomington campus,” said Pavalko.
“The absolute best thing about my job is that I get to learn about the extraordinary work of our faculty and the diversity of that work,” she said. In Pavalko’s role as VPFAA, she is a member of CEWiT’s Advisory Council, and was a panelist for this year’s Techie Women Have More… conference.
Pavalko says the expansion in women’s professional career opportunities has been incredible just in her lifetime, but the challenges women and minorities face in their fields are not over. “We still see too many women and people who have traditionally been underrepresented in technical and professional careers deciding not to continue,” she said. “We all rely on technology, and women have so much to contribute to how it is used and created.”
In her research, Pavalko conducts statistical analyses of large, national surveys. She says the constant change of longitudinal data make it nearly impossible to keep up with the latest developments. “Luckily, close collaboration with graduate students allows them to keep me current with the latest methods and tools.”
Pavalko encourages women not to give up on their dreams. “When you encounter barriers or setbacks, don’t give up,” she said. “Use the information that comes from the experience as a challenge to improve.”