Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Robin Romans oversees several university-wide initiatives related to academic culture, programming, curriculum, accreditation, educational effectiveness and strategic planning. Romans manages the USC Arts and Humanities Initiative, including the University’s nationally-recognized Visions and Voices program and the International Artist Fellowship program. He serves as the Provost’s liaison to USC’s six arts schools and two museums. And he serves as vice chair of the Faculty Advisory Board for the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, for which he wrote the original proposal.
Romans is USC’s Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO), administering all processes related to USC’s accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As ALO, he produces all self-studies, annual reports and campus visits in connection with WASC, and consults with all USC academic units on matters related to educational effectiveness, learning assessment, online programs, and specialized or professional accreditation.
Romans manages the University’s strategic planning process and served as lead writer for the USC Strategic Vision: Matching Deeds to Ambitions. He carries out special academic projects at the Provost’s request, including the redesign of USC’s residential colleges and the creation of the USC McCarthy Honors College. He also serves as liaison to the University Committee on Curriculum (UCOC) and directs the Progressive Degree Program, which allows undergraduates to earn a master’s degree in as little as one year beyond the bachelor’s degree.
Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Romans directed USC’s prestigious Thematic Option Honors Program, and served as Assistant Dean of Admission and Honors Programs in the USC Dornsife College. At Dornsife he represented the liberal arts at all major recruitment events, developed new undergraduate programs and research opportunities, and devised liberal arts recruitment strategies.
Romans earned his doctorate in political theory. He teaches undergraduate courses in Political Science and Gender Studies, including Ideology and Political Conflict; Sex, Power, and Politics; Introduction to Feminist Theory; American Political Thought; and a freshman seminar entitled Body Politics. His teaching interests include classical political thought, Enlightenment thought, Liberalism, Marxism, feminism, and contemporary political thought.