Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of the Graduate School
Andrew McConnell Stott serves as Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of the Graduate School. Charged with advancing academic excellence and supporting academic achievement across USC’s more than 800 programs, his areas of responsibility include curriculum development and innovation, advising, diversity and inclusion programs, experiential learning, honors, fellowships, and awards, and helping all USC students attain their academic goals, from first year to PhD.
A professor in the English department specializing in British popular culture from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, Stott is the author of four books, including What Blest Genius? The Jubilee that Made Shakespeare (2019), which won the Marfield Prize, the National Award for Arts Writing, and The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi: Laughter, Madness and the Story of Britain’s Greatest Comedian (2009), which won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction, the Theater Library Association’s George Freedley Award, and the Sheridan Morley Prize for Biography. He has been a fellow of the British Academy, the American Council on Education, and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
Originally from the UK, Stott has a PhD in English Literature from Cardiff University. Prior to entering the Provost’s office, he served as USC Dornsife College Dean of Undergraduate Education and Academic Affairs where he founded the Center for Applied Learning and Life Beyond College, led the development of the “Dornsife Idea,” a strategic plan to develop a twenty-first century experience in the liberal arts, and worked to strengthen policies governing academic affairs.