Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
University of San Francisco
Eileen Fung is the Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of San Francisco. Provost Eileen has dedicated over 26 years to USF, including significant time in academic leadership. She is responsible for the university’s five schools, libraries, academic affairs, enrollment management, online programs, international relations, and diversity and community outreach for the university’s 10,000 students, 1,000 faculty, and 1,000 staff.
Provost Fung was awarded the James Irvine Dissertation Fellowship in 1997, and was hired as a full-time faculty member in the Department of English in 1998. She served as chair of the English department and director of the Asian American Pacific Studies Program before her appointment as associate dean of arts and humanities in 2010. She became senior associate dean in 2019, interim dean in 2021, and dean in 2022.
As a first-generation college student from a Chinese immigrant family, she advocates for an equitable, mission-driven, community-engaged, and student-centered education. To that end, she conceptualized and founded the Honors College with a $15 million endowment gift from Gordon Getty ’56, and served as its founder and associate dean, and then dean. She was instrumental in securing a $1.5 million gift from Richard Blum to establish the Privett Global Honors Scholars Program to support faculty development of global educational curricula and provide funding for student immersion and study abroad opportunities. She currently serves as one of the principal investigators of a multi-year, $1.5 million Andrew W. Mellon grant to support the matriculation of underrepresented and underserved students from the Foothill-De Anza Community College District to USF. She helped USF to become a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and to receive its first Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) grant, a multi year grant award of $1.4 million in 2023.
After receiving a BA in English literature with a minor in Asian American studies from UC Los Angeles, Provost Fung earned a PhD in medieval English literature — with specializations in feminist and post-colonial theories and ethnic American literature — from UC Santa Barbara. Her research interests lie in examining the intersection of literature and identity through cultural practices in the genres of travel and food narratives.
A Call to Action
Interim Provost Fung writes about the importance of confronting the past in order to “move toward a world where every person and community in our society and the world thrive.”
The University of San Francisco is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).