Interim Chancellor Dr. Charles Robinson
Dr. Charles Robinson was named interim chancellor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville on Aug. 9, 2021. As Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Charles F. Robinson leads the university’s academic enterprise in addition to the 25 departments that comprise the Division of Student Affairs. He has served as provost since July 2020 and as vice chancellor of student affairs since 2015.
Robinson is committed to enhancing communication and coordination of the university’s academic and student affairs endeavors in order to support a more holistic approach to student success on campus.
During his time as vice chancellor for student affairs, Robinson led a major restructuring of the Division of Student Affairs, better positioning the unit to focus on student success initiatives. He also led institutional efforts regarding diversity recruitment and retention of students and faculty while developing new academic initiatives and development goals. Under his leadership, the university constructed Adohi Hall, a $79 million campus project that is the only residence hall in the United States to use cross-laminated timber.
Robinson’s time at the U of A spans more than 20 years, beginning as an assistant professor of history. He has also served as chair of the African and African American Studies Program and vice provost for diversity prior to his current role.
His research and teaching focuses on southern history and race relations, African American studies, sexuality in history and Civil Rights, among other topics. He has earned a number of awards for his teaching, including the Fulbright College Master Teacher Award, Arkansas Student Alumni Board Teacher of the Year, and an induction into the university’s Teaching Academy.
Robinson holds his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Houston, a master’s degree in history from Rice University, and a doctorate in history from the University of Houston. He has authored numerous books, includingRemembrances in Black: Personal Perspectives of the African American Experience at the University of Arkansas, and Dangerous Liaisons: Sex and Love in the Segregated South.