Dolores Durán-Cerda, Ph.D.

Dr. Dolores Durán-Cerda is currently Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at Pima Community College, where she focuses on student success, community engagement and diversity. At this Hispanic-Serving Institution, she supervises accreditation, enrollment management, assessment, curriculum, strategic planning, institutional research, planning and effectiveness, developmental education, diversity, and faculty affairs.

Dr. Durán-Cerda earned her Ph.D. in Latin American literature with an emphasis in poetry, and her M.A. in Hispanic literature, both from the University of Arizona. She holds a B.A. with honors in Spanish, French and secondary education from the University of Iowa (Phi Beta Kappa).

A seasoned educator, she has 20 years of comprehensive and increasingly responsible college-level instructional, administrative and leadership experience. She began as a professor of Spanish at Arizona International College of the University of Arizona. Dr. Durán-Cerda was hired as full-time faculty at PCC and taught for a decade in the World Languages Department. She moved into administration and served as Senior Assistant to the Provost, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs and as Acting Provost. Last year, she completed the ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers.

She serves on several boards, including the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC), which works under the auspices of the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, the University of Arizona’s Honors Advisory Board, Arizona Women in Higher Education, Women United-United Way of Southern Arizona, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. Durán-Cerda is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has family roots in Arizona and Chile.