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About David Silva

With over 15 years of administrative experience, Provost Silva joined the Salem State leadership team in March 2015. He has served in numerous capacities at the University of Texas at Arlington, including his role as founding department chair of the newly established department of linguistics. In 2007, he was appointed vice provost for academic affairs where he was responsible for a broad portfolio of academic initiatives, and then went on to become the university’s vice provost for faculty affairs. As a scholar of linguistics, Dr. Silva has an extensive research portfolio that focuses on phonetic variation and language change in Korean. He has also published and presented on issues germane to university-level teaching and assessment. His scholarly work has been funded by the Fulbright Program, the Korea Foundation, and the Academy of Korean Studies, among many others. Dr. Silva holds a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University, a master of arts in linguistics degree and a doctor of philosophy degree in linguistics, both from Cornell University. His teaching career began at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he served as a full professor of linguistics and earned the honorary rank of "Distinguished Teaching Professor."


2015 - Present Provost and Academic Vice President, Salem State University Academic Affairs
2013 - 2015 Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington
2007 - 2013 Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington

Curriculum Vitae


2015 - 2015 Vision Project Summer Convening Grant
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
2012 - 2012 Korean Studies Grant 2012 (Workshop and Conference Support), AKS-2012-C-06
Academy of Korean Studies, Seoul, Korea
2009 - 2011 2009-2011 Category A Summer Bridge and Transition Program
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2010 - 2012 South Central Regional Representative, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
2010 - 2012 President, The International Circle of Korean Linguistics
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Honors and Awards

  • Finalist, 2010 Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Award
  • Fellow Society for Applied Anthropology
  • Founding Fellow, The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers Treasurer (2014-2015)
  • Winner, Alicia Wilkerson Smotherman Award College of Liberal Arts, UT Arlington
  • Winner, Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award The University of Texas System
  • Recognized Professor The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 300, UT Arlington


1992 Ph.D., Cornell University ‐ Linguistics
1989 M.A., Cornell University ‐ Linguistics
1986 A.B, Harvard University ‐ Linguistics

Articles (22)

Books (1)

Book Chapters (3)