Faculty and Staff

Kara M Rabbitt

Professor • Department of Provost

Dr. Kara Rabbitt currently serves as Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives, overseeing the expansion of programs serving adult learners through the Center for Degree Completion & Adult Learning and the University's virtual support for WP Online undergraduate programs. Her current work builds on her long-term interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and her scholarly background in literature, writing, and critical theory.


PhD Romance Studies, Cornell University Ithaca, NY

BA Language Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA


Francophone literatures, Caribbean culture, higher education leadership, adult learners, language proficiency, assessment, equity and inclusion

Representative Publications

"Suzanne Césaire’s Surrealism: Tightrope of Hope"; Surrealist Women’s Writing; University of Manchester Press; 2021

Acute Crisis Leadership in Higher Education: Lessons from the Pandemic; Co-editor of volume and co-author of four chapters therein.; London, England; Routledge Press; 2022

“Racial Trauma Intervention Informing Campus Police Relations." ; Journal of Academic Administration in Higher Education; Volume 36, Issue 1 (Special Edition: "Twin Pandemics") 2021

"Rethinking the Academy: Lessons From Higher Ed’s Response to Equity Concerns During COVID-19"; "Shared Equity Leadership: Transforming Campus Communities Is a Collective Responsibility"; American Council on Education ; 2021

Fellowships, Grants and Research

ACE Fellow 2019-2020

By appointment