Elizabeth (Beth) V. Hume, PhD, returned to Ohio State to serve as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Undergraduate Education on October 1, 2017. Prior to her current positions, she had joined Ohio State’s faculty in 1991 and, from 2006-2011, she served as professor and chair of the Department of Linguistics.
Dr. Hume previously served as head of the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences, dean international of the College of Arts and professor of linguistics at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
At Ohio State, she taught undergraduate and graduate students at all levels. Dr. Hume’s research has focused on diverse factors that shape language sound systems from a range of disciplines including linguistics, psychology, computer science and mathematics, and her work is widely published. She is the author or co-author of five books and more than 50 papers, editor of 16 books and, since 2008, she has served as the associate editor of Phonology.
Her extensive service to the university included spearheading the creation of the Buckeye Language Network to facilitate language-related initiatives among more than 60 Ohio State faculty conducting research in the language sciences. In addition, she served on the University Senate and was a core member of the Committee on the University-Wide Review of Undergraduate Education, giving her a particular understanding of the relevance of the university’s current review of the General Education curriculum (Gen Ed) underway.
Her professional memberships include the Association for Laboratory Phonology, the Canadian Linguistic Society, the New Zealand Linguistic Society and the Linguistic Society of America.
Among her contributions to the University of Canterbury, she helped reorganize a college structure into two large schools and developed administrative systems for the schools. Dr. Hume also provided oversight to establish and maintain international partnerships, e.g., exchanges and study-abroad programs, and oversaw the development of international strategic and operational plans that fostered and supported student recruitment and retention initiatives.
She earned a BA (Hons) in French languages and literatures, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada; an MA in French, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario; and an MA and PhD in linguistics from Cornell University.