About the Provost

Professional headshot for Velmer Burton, a finalist in the Provost search.Dr. Velmer S. Burton, Jr., Ph.D., Ed.D., is the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost, the chief academic officer of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dr. Burton provides academic and administrative leadership in the area of academic and faculty affairs within our community of teacher-scholars.

The student-faculty connection is at the forefront of our mission in the Office of the Provost. We are dedicated to ensuring that the academic life at UA Little Rock is a rigorous and inspiring one, offering students the opportunity to discover the world and their calling.

In addition to serving as the provost, Dr. Burton is also Professor of Criminal Justice. Previously, he was Dean of the School of Applied Sciences and Professor of Social Work and Legal Studies at the University of Mississippi. At the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, he served as special assistant to the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration and as Professor of Social Work. As a higher education administrator, dating back to 1996, Dr. Burton has held the roles of a small campus chancellor, associate provost, graduate dean, and department head.

As a teacher-scholar, Provost Burton’s published research and teaching areas are primarily focused on crime and justice, corrections, the study of “collateral consequences” associated with criminal conviction and re-entry of former offenders into communities. Dr. Burton earned his master’s degree in criminal justice (1985) and Ph.D. in sociology (1991) both at the University of Cincinnati. His mentor and dissertation advisor was Dr. Francis Cullen, Distinguished University Research Professor. In addition, he obtained the Ed.D in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania (2003). Dr. Burton also completed the certificate for New Presidents from Harvard University (2004).

View Dr. Burton’s publications and research profile at Google Scholar.