Pamela Scully Vice Provost, Undergraduate Affairs

Portrait of Pamela Scully

Contact Information

Mailing Address
Emory University
201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322

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I have worked in the Office of the Provost since 2013 in various roles, including director of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, having served previously as director of Emory’s Institute of African Studies and then chair of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

My current role calls to mind a symphony director. I lead university-wide programs and initiatives to ensure academic excellence and student success. My office connects the dots from the time students are admitted until they leave. We ensure that all students have access to all that Emory has to offer. I thus work very closely with the associate deans of the undergraduate schools and with partners across the university. In all our efforts, we put the student experience at the center. 

Projects in our office are focused on thinking ever more intentionally about how to create a wonderful four-year experience to prepare students for life after college both connected to Emory and engaged with the world. The flourishing of all students is our north star. We continue our work on proactive advising for our pre-major students and collaborate with colleagues in the Office of Residence Life to help create the best possible alignment between the residential student experience and academic life.

This year we are focusing particularly on creating an institution-wide focus on our first-generation students in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students across Emory. We are looking forward to hosting Emory First-Generation Week in November and welcoming Anthony Jack, author of The Privileged Poor, in February for two days of discussions, workshops, and a talk about the experiences of first-generation students.

A faculty committee has helped us maximize the uniqueness of our Emory undergraduates' four-year journey, including thinking through opportunities for structured self-reflection, experiential learning, and professional development. Inspired by The Wise Heart Seeks Knowledge, our Emory motto, we structure the educational experience of our students through a focus on discovery and exploration in the first two years (whether at Oxford College or Emory College of Arts and Sciences) and integration and reflection in the final two years. 

Selected Career Milestones

  • Chaired Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, internationalized its graduate cohort, and created MOUs with German and Korean universities
  • Directed the Emory Quality Enhancement Plan, Nature of Evidence, for SACSCOC accreditation
  • As director of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, created workshops on conflict transformation in the classroom and modules on inclusive pedagogies
  • Implemented the university-level Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee, which is now the final review committee at Emory for tenure and promotion
  • Author of numerous articles; author or co-author of five books, including Writing Transnational History (with Fiona Paisley, 2019)
  • Deputy editor, Women’s History Review, 2008–2013 (responsible for all North and South American submissions
  • Treasurer and membership secretary, International Federation for Research in Women’s History, 2010–2014


BA, University of Cape Town
MA, University of Cape Town
PHD, University of Michigan



We are at such an important time in higher education in America and the world. As COVID-19 upends so much, it nonetheless reminds us what a privilege it is to support and enhance the educational, personal, and professional development of our students. Whether they are living on campus or off, learning in person or online, we are determined to help all our students flourish.