Carolyn Thomas, Vice Provost & Dean

Vice Provost & Dean Carolyn Thomas

Carolyn Thomas is Professor of American Studies and Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education at the University of California, Davis.  She works across our colleges and divisions and directly with students to achieve Undergraduate Education’s vision: that UC Davis have the strongest learning environment of any research university in the nation. She has previously served as program chair, director of the UC Davis Humanities Institute, and convener of a UC system-wide humanities consortium.

As a faculty member, Carolyn’s research has explored how technological innovation and food production, combined with marketing and advertising, impact Americans’ definitions of “health.” She has been featured on NPR and the BBC for her award-winning book, Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda (2010). She has written two books, two edited volumes, and roughly twenty articles on such topics as the origins of weight training, the mechanization of tomatoes in California, the fondness for Krispy Kreme donuts in the South, and the ineffectiveness of “diet” foods as weight-loss tools. Carolyn is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring at UC Davis, and her current research and administrative work focuses on enhancing student academic success through teaching and advising.

Read  A 2-Minute Interview with VP & Dean Carolyn Thomas

Curriculum Vitae (pdf / Word

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Student Advisory Board

Wilburn Wang

Wilburn Wang

Wilburn is a third year international student from Shanghai, China double majoring in Communication and Economics. In addition to being on the SAB, he is researching big data and algorithms in the Computational Communication Lab as well as serving as a First Year Experience Peer Coordinator to bring academic services to all students living in the Residence Halls. His goal is to use digital communication technology to improve life quality in developing countries. During his free time, Wilburn enjoys exploring various types of food, from Asian to Western, and going to the ARC for weight-lifting and basketball. He is passionate and excited about providing his perspectives and insights to create a better undergraduate education experience.

Anticipated graduation: June 2018

Yumi Temple

My name is Yumi Temple and I'm a third year majoring in International Relations and minoring in History. I'm studying abroad for all of 2016-2017, spending one semester in Japan and another in Denmark. Come January, I will have finished my first semester and will be moving onto my second. Aside from school, I also work at the Davis Study Abroad Office and as a staffer for ASUCD. I have a diverse background in charitable work, volunteer and organizational leadership, and political campaigning, and I hope to take these skills with me into my last year at Davis and beyond.

Srijita Pal

I am a fourth year undergraduate student double majoring in History and Microbiology. My honors undergraduate thesis is focused on the place the Spanish Influenza pandemic holds in historical memory. Aside from my schoolwork, I also sing with the University Chorus and work at the Undergraduate Research Center. In my free time, I like catching up on reading and petting dogs. 

Anticipated graduation year: 2017

Shalvi Prasad

I am a recent graduate with a degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. I love advising and providing peer/mentor support, and currently work as a Staff Advisor at Health Professions Advising at UC Davis.

During my undergraduate years, I was in the Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program (BUSP), Prytanean Women's Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) at UC Davis, and volunteered at The Willow Clinic that serves the homeless and uninsured population in the Sacramento area. I also interned with the Emergency Medicine Xperience (EMX) Program at the UC Davis Medical Center. During the summer before my freshman year, I participated in the Special Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) and interned for the Education Opportunity Program STREET Team.

Anticipated graduation year: 2016