Victor Coelho Appointed Boston University Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

in News Releases, University Affairs
September 18th, 2007

Contact: Colin Riley, 617-353-2240 | criley@bu.edu

(Boston) ― As part of the effort to boost undergraduate education and “unlock” opportunities throughout the campus, Victor Coelho, Ph.D., chair of Musicology and Music at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and College of Arts & Sciences was appointed to the new position of associate provost of undergraduate education, announced Provost David K. Campbell.

Coelho, who joined BU in January 2006, will coordinate and enhance all aspects of undergraduate education by expanding communications among BU’s schools and colleges and their respective deans and associate deans, a key element of BU President Robert A. Brown’s new, 10-year strategic plan for the institution. He will be instrumental in the design of the University Honors Program, which is replacing the University Professors Program, and he will reevaluate the undergraduate core curriculum and work to eliminate curricular barriers among schools and colleges.

“It’s a job that is very much in the spirit of `One BU,’” said Campbell. “Victor is a very broad, engaged, and enthusiastic intellectual. Anyone who works with him comes away inspired.”

Coelho, who earned a bachelor’s degree in music history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s and a Ph.D. in musicology from UCLA, spent the bulk of his career at the University of Calgary where he taught for nearly 20 years. Before that, he held posts at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, the University of Melbourne, and Cornell University.

“The transition into a completely new position that offers a lot of room for creativity and innovation is always an exciting challenge,” Coelho said. “My immediate goal is to evaluate communications between various departments and determine their priorities, strategic goals, and strengths. One of my main focuses will be examining the College of Arts and Sciences and how its programs can facilitate movement between disciplines. I’ve been talking with many students to incorporate their vision into the process.”

While Coelho’s studies focus primarily on 16th- and 17th-century Italian music, his research in African-American music and rock history has generated appearances on Fox Network, CBC (Canada), PBS, and MTV. As a professional lutenist, he has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe, and his recordings appear on the Stradivarius and Toccata Classics labels. His books include Music and Science in the Age of Galileo; The Manuscript Sources of 17th-Century Italian Lute Music; Performance on Lute, Guitar, and Vihuela; and The Cambridge Companion to the Guitar, and he is currently co-writing a history of Renaissance instrumental music.

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