Paul B. Bell, Jr., Dean College of Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost for Instruction
University of Oklahoma – Norman, OK
Paul Bell is in his 11th year as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, where he also serves as Vice Provost for Instruction. He is a cell biologist with an A.B. in Biology from Washington University, St. Louis, and a Ph.D. in Biology from Yale University. Prior to joining the faculty of the Department of Zoology at the University of Oklahoma in 1979, he was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Uppsala University in Sweden and at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He also taught for three years at UCLA as an adjunct assistant professor. At OU, before becoming dean, Dean Bell served as a Faculty Administrative Fellow in the Provost Office, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Programs, and Associate Provost. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Linköping University in Sweden, where he taught and carried out research over a 14 year period. Paul currently serves on the state-wide Council on Instruction of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, on the boards of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, the Sutton Avian Research Center, and the OU Confucius Institute. He is also a member of the International Commission of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. He is actively involved in promoting the globalization of the university and the international exchange of faculty and students. He is fluent in Swedish and French, speaks Spanish, reads Norwegian and Danish and is currently studying Chinese.