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Executive Vice President and Provost

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Elizabeth Sayrs, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost 

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EVPP Biography

Recently appointed as Interim Executive Vice President and Provost of Ohio University, Elizabeth Sayrs is currently the dean of University College and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Dr. Sayrs has served in various capacities within the University community for the past decade including, most recently as interim dean of the College of Fine Arts. Before she was appointed dean of University College and vice provost for Undergraduate Education, Dr. Sayrs served as chair of the Faculty Senate and as the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees’ Academics Committee. She chaired the University Curriculum Council during the quarter-to-semester transition and also served on the 1804 General Education Task Force. 

As associate professor of music theory in the College of Fine Arts, Dr. Sayrs was heavily involved in undergraduate curricular reform at the University, which helped improve the passing rate for first-term music theory classes by offering a summer online fundamentals course to incoming students. She also served on the curriculum committees of the College of Fine Arts and the Honors Tutorial College, and developed the proposal for the bachelor’s degree in music when it moved from the College of the Arts and Sciences to the College of Fine Arts. She developed the Honors Tutorial College degree in music and also served as its first director of studies. 

In 2007, Dr. Sayrs received the Distinguished Teaching Award in the School of Music. 
She has worked with a broad range of faculty, staff, students, administrators and board of trustee members on both the Athens and regional campuses, and has done research on educational access for low-income students and students who live in areas where music is not well-supported in the primary, middle or high schools.

Dr. Sayrs is co-editor of the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and continues to research trends in pedagogy. She holds a doctoral degree in music theory from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in music theory from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and a bachelor’s degree in music from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., where she was a Katharine Malone Scholar and graduated summa cum laude. She has presented her work on 19th-century music, cognitive linguistics and music, pedagogy, and gender studies and music at numerous regional and national conferences.

Prior to her appointment at Ohio University, Sayrs served on the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Valparaiso University; The Ohio State University; and the University of Saskatchewan, where she was awarded the Dwaine Nelson Teaching Award.