Interim Provost Wanda Blanchett

Wanda BlanchettIn her role as Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Blanchett’s primary responsibility is to work with the Rutgers University–New Brunswick Chancellor and with New Brunswick deans and directors to strategically recruit, promote, and develop New Brunswick faculty. Among other duties, Provost Blanchett will continue to develop a program for faculty excellence that centralizes and enhances supports at every stage of a faculty member’s career at Rutgers.

Most recently, Blanchett served as dean of Rutgers' Graduate School of Education and distinguished professor. She earned her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. In 2015, Blanchett was inducted as a Penn State Alumni Fellow, the highest honor bestowed upon alumni by the Penn State Alumni Association. 

Prior to coming to Rutgers in 2014, she served as the Kauffman Endowed Chair in Teacher Education and dean of the School of Education at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Previously, she held administrative and tenured faculty appointments at the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. 

An accomplished academic leader, Provost Blanchett has successfully lead initiatives focused on strategic planning, increased national and international visibility, innovative academic programming focused on advancing educational equity and access, and diversity and inclusion. 

Provost Blanchett's research focuses on issues of educational inequity including urban teacher preparation; issues of race, class, culture, and gender; disproportionate representation of students of color in special education; and issues of sexuality for students with disabilities. She has published numerous articles and book chapters, as well as co-edited two books. Provost Blanchett is a veteran educator who is committed to employing the research expertise and resources of public research universities to enhance the overall well-being and life chances of historically underserved communities. 

She is currently chair-elect of the board of directors of the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) and a member of the Council of Academic Deans of Research Educational Institutions (CADREI) executive committee.