Vice President for Academic Affairs
Paula Garrett has made her home at Warren Wilson College since 2007. She loves living in the mountains, just an hour from her childhood home in Spartanburg. She openly confesses that she had watched Warren Wilson for years, hoping for the right job opening to come along. Her opportunity finally arrived and she applied for a job, two in fact: Writing Program Director and Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum. She was hired as Associate Dean Fall of 2007. She was promoted to Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Fall of 2008.
Since 2008, as VPAA/DOTC, Garrett has worked to create processes for shared governance and strengthening academics. Currently, she is shepherding the College through a conversation about its general education structure. It’s a huge conversation about the heart of Warren Wilson’s curriculum. Garrett is proud to brag about numerous Warren Wilson academic programs, such as Environmental Studies, Creative Writing, and Global Studies.
As Dean of the College, Garrett serves on the President’s Cabinet. Also, she serves as an Officer of the College, serving in the absence of the president. Garrett and the other Triad deans meet weekly to analyze the Triad to increase the points of intersection between academics, work, and service.
Garrett’s primary teaching interests are American Literature and Writing. She especially enjoys teaching 19th Century American Literature and Southern Literature. At Warren Wilson, she has taught courses in Southern Literature, and she team-taught a course on coal as part of a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation. She received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University; she took her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Baylor University. Garrett has published in three distinct fields. Her work in 19th Century American Studies is primarily on Grace Greenwood, the first female correspondent for the New York Times. Her work on civil rights law is focused on laws regarding second-parent adoption, artificial insemination, and the uniform parentage act. Her scholarship in medicine is on rural healthcare.
Garrett makes her home in Asheville with her partner, Donna Read, and their son, Read Garrett.