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Smock appointed associate vice president for research

Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest has announced the appointment of Pamela Smock as associate vice president for research-social sciences and humanities. Her appointment, effective Feb. 1, was approved by the Board of Regents at its February meeting.
(Photo by Lin Jones, U-M Photo Services)

Smock's responsibilities will include assisting the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) with administration and oversight of the research and creative activity in the social sciences and humanities arena. She will provide leadership for new initiatives and oversight of and involvement with research units, where appropriate, and will serve as a member of the senior OVPR administrative staff. She will provide leadership of task forces, development of initiatives, study of policy issues, and resolution of problems, and will participate in the evaluation of research proposals. Smock also will play a key role in fostering special interdisciplinary projects.

Smock earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Chicago, in 1983 and 1987 respectively. She completed her doctorate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin in 1992, and then joined the Louisiana State University faculty as assistant professor of sociology.

She came to U-M in 1994 as assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Women's Studies, and as research associate in the Population Studies Center in the Institute for Social Research (ISR), where she served as associate director from July 2002 to June 2005. She was promoted to associate professor and research associate professor in 2000, and attained the rank of professor and research professor in 2006.

Smock specializes in the study of family, gender and social inequality. Her research has focused on the economic consequences of divorce and marriage, nonresident fatherhood, remarriage, single-mother families, child support, and unmarried cohabitation. Currently she is examining racial, ethnic, and gender variation in the meaning and implications of cohabitation in the United States.

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