Donald Pope-Davis became provost of DePaul University in July 2013 after serving as vice president and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame for six years. In his role as DePaul’s chief academic officer, he oversees Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management and Marketing, Student Affairs and Teaching and Learning Resources.
Pope-Davis’ administrative experience includes service for five years in the Notre Dame Graduate School – as assistant vice president from 2002 to 2004, associate vice president for the following two years and interim dean for one year. He also served as coordinator of the University's Multicultural Research Institute and directed Notre Dame's TRIO programs – the McNair Scholars Program, Upward Bound and Talent Search, all federally funded educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Pope-Davis was appointed in 2006 as chair of Notre Dame's Faculty Board on Athletics and its NCAA faculty athletics representative. He was a member of the NCAA Committee on Athletic Certification and was chair of Notre Dame's NCAA certification sub-committee for equity, gender and sportsmanship. He also served on the Provost's Advisory Committee and the Diversity Committee.
Pope-Davis studies in the areas of multicultural psychology, counseling and education. Specifically, he is interested in cultural and racial identity development, cultural competency training, development, and assessment. Other areas of research include multicultural supervision in professional psychology, development of multicultural measures for assessing environments and supervision, issues of mental health of people of color, and cross-cultural communications.
Pope-Davis co-authored three books, “Multicultural Counseling Competencies: Assessment, Education, and Supervision,” “The Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender in Multicultural Counseling,” and, most recently, “Handbook of Multicultural Competencies in Counseling and Psychology.” He has published extensively in journals and books in the field and is a research fellow of the American Psychological Association. In 2011, he co-authored a report on African-American Catholics, the largest sampling of its kind examining the religious engagement of African-Americans with the Catholic Church.
A graduate of Benedictine University with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Pope-Davis earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Stanford University. He previously taught and conducted research at the University of Maryland for six years and the University of Iowa for five years. He also served as a senior staff psychologist in the University Counseling Service at Iowa and as a counselor in the Stanford University Counseling Institute.