NCID director Tabbye Chavous has been appointed the University of Michigan (U-M) associate vice president for research — social sciences, humanities, and the arts. In addition to this role, Dr. Chavous will continue to serve as the director of the NCID and professor of education and psychology.

Her three-year appointment, approved Sept. 19 by the U-M Board of Regents, takes effect immediately.

As associate vice president for research, Dr. Chavous will support the research efforts of faculty in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. She also will collaborate with members of the U-M Office of Research (UMOR) leadership team to foster interdisciplinary initiatives, and provide support for UMOR units and programs.

Dr. Chavous earned a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and joined U-M as an assistant professor in 1998. Her research focuses on racial and gender identity development among African-American adolescents and young adults, and implications for academic and psychological adjustment.

She also leads multiple studies exploring how education settings support or inhibit students’ academic and disciplinary identity development in math and science fields.

She served as chair for the Combined Program in Education and Psychology, associate dean for academic programs and initiatives at the Rackham Graduate School, and, most recently, as director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity.

"Collaboration is an essential component of research because the challenges and opportunities facing our society cannot be solved through a singular discipline," Chavous said. "At the University of Michigan, we are able to leverage our strengths in fields ranging from engineering to medicine with the social sciences, humanities and the arts to address important challenges and opportunities."