DeAngela Burns-Wallace

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Primary office:
156 Strong Hall

Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at University of Kansas (KU).  Prior to moving to KU, she held the role of Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Missouri (MU) as well as the Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Director of Access Initiatives. She has also held the position of Assistant Dean in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Stanford University. 

Dr. Burns-Wallace was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2013-14 academic year. In this capacity she worked directly with presidents and other senior leaders, observing how the institution and its leaders address strategic planning, resource allocation, development, policy, and other issues and challenges.

Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Burns-Wallace served as a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) with the U.S. Department of State, where she worked in Guangzhou and Beijing, China; Pretoria, South Africa; and in Washington D.C.  In her capacity as an FSO, she held numerous positions including Management Officer, Non-Immigrant Visa Officer, Press Attaché, and Special Assistant on Legislative Affairs. She was also trained in French and Mandarin Chinese.  

Dr. Burns-Wallace holds a dual bachelor’s degree in International Relations and African American studies from Stanford University, a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her research focuses on issues of access and success for students of color and low income students throughout higher education as well as equity-minded leadership. Dr. Burns-Wallace holds a courtesy associate professor appointment in KU’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the School of Education, as well as the Department of African and African-American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. She is originally from Kansas City, Missouri.

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