Edward Katz, Ph.D.

Associate Provost, Dean of University Programs, and Professor of Literature
151A Phillips Hall, CPO 1410

Edward Katz, Ph.D., is Associate Provost and Dean of University Programs at UNC Asheville. He currently serves as the Acting Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program. He earned his MA (1989) and PhD (1992) in English from the University of Rochester, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington (1986) and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University (1980). He holds the rank of Professor of Literature and Language, as well, having taught in the department for 11 years before assuming administrative positions in Academic Affairs, which he has held for over 8 years now.

He serves as a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, where he assists universities and colleges on large-scale initiatives and general education reform. He is a faculty member at the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Summer Institutes and serves as co-director of the SENCER Center of Innovation-South, hosted here at UNC Asheville. Katz is the recipient of UNCA’s Distinguished Teacher Award for Untenured Faculty (1995), the Distinguished Teacher Award in the Humanities (1999-2000) and the University Distinguished Teacher Award (2003-2004). In 2005, the Association of General and Liberal Studies awarded Katz the Jerry G. Gaff Faculty Award for contributions to teaching and leadership in liberal education.


  • Africana Studies Program
  • Arts and Ideas Program
  • Honors Program
  • Humanities Program
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Program
  • International Studies Program
  • Liberal Arts Core 
  • Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Undergraduate Research Program
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program


  • Career Center
  • Center for Diversity Education
  • Cultural Events and Special Academic Programs (CESAP)
  • Graduate Studies, Professional Education, and Sponsored Programs
  • National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)