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Biography of Vivian-Lee ​Nyitray


Vivian-Lee Nyitray (Ph.D., Stanford, 1990) was appointed January 1, 2016 as Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of the University of California Education Abroad Program. 

Dr. Nyitray leads the University of California's flagship systemwide study abroad program, serving 10 UC campuses and facilitating international education at 120 universities in 43 countries worldwide. She came to the position after serving in China as the Founding Dean (Chief Academic Officer) for the Prospect Colleges—two sister liberal arts and science colleges in Chongqing and in Shanxi Province. 

Prior to the deanship in China, and for more than 20 years, Vivian was a member of the Religious Studies faculty at UC Riverside, where she served as chair of the department and was named the Patricia McSweeny McCauley Professor of Teaching Excellence (2012-13). Her field of research focuses on Confucian-Taoist interactions, feminist analyses of Confucian texts, and studies of the sea goddess Tianhou/Mazu. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Blakemore Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and the Japan Foundation. Her publications have been translated into Chinese and Japanese, and her new publication, Women and Chinese Religion: Persuasion and Power, is forthcoming from NYU Press. 

A native New Yorker, Vivian’s involvement with study abroad dates back to her own semester abroad in Amsterdam with Syracuse University in 1975; she later spent 2 1/2 years in Taiwan during her graduate study, during which time she met her spouse, a UCLA alumnus. Throughout her career with the University of California, Vivian has enjoyed a strong relationship with UCEAP, including serving as Faculty Director in the Netherlands for three years and as a faculty leader for one of UCEAP's 50th Anniversary summer programs in 2012. Lastly, Vivian notes that her daughter, in addition to being a UCR alumna, was a three-time UCEAP participant.
"I am delighted to return to UC and UCEAP. I look forward to working with campus leaders and international partners to make a variety of study abroad opportunities​ an accessible reality for all UC students. The world awaits!"

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