Iris Obille Lafferty, Ed.D.
Iris Obille Lafferty was appointed as interim Provost in February 2021. Dr. Lafferty has been a member of the University of Arizona Global Campus academic team since 2012, where she has served as Program Chair, Associate Dean, Associate Vice President of Academic Services, Executive Dean of the College of Doctoral Studies and inaugural Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Most recently, Dr. Lafferty has led the Change Advisory Group on DEI practices, Co-Chaired the Faculty Council, and Co-Chairs the Joint Academic Advisory Committee with the University of Arizona campus.
Dr. Lafferty is committed to helping students embrace the transformative power of education as the impetus for lifelong success, professional achievement, and foundation for societal contribution. Work from the Provost’s Office includes: assurance of student learning and retention through a strategic focus on high-impact practices, faculty expertise, and field-relevant curricula.
Dr. Lafferty received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from UC San Diego and motivated to study issues surrounding cognition, education, and psychology, she pursued graduate work at Harvard University. There she earned a master’s degree in Counseling, a second master’s in Technology in Education, and a doctorate in Human Development & Psychology. She has worked as a researcher, consultant to government agencies, lecturer at local colleges and universities, and serves as an external peer reviewer for WSCUC. With research interests in the interplay of thinking, learning, and identity development, her favorite positions include work with the US Navy, the Education Development Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard’s Project Zero. She is happily married and mom to two kids pursuing graduate work.