Eliza Pavalko

Photo portrait of Eliza Pavalko

Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Bryan Hall 111

Phone: (812) 855-9973

Eliza Pavalko, a sociologist whose research areas include work-life issues and the relationship between career, family and health, has been named Indiana University Bloomington vice provost for faculty and academic affairs. Pavalko is the Allen D. and Polly S. Grimshaw Professor of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. An IU faculty member since 1991, she chaired the Department of Sociology from 2009 to 2014.

Pavalko’s research interests lie in the areas of the sociology of the life course, aging, health, work, gender and social change. With funding from the National Institute on Aging and National Institute of Mental Health, and in collaboration with numerous graduate students and colleagues, her attention has centered on paid and unpaid work careers, health trajectories and how they are framed within institutional policies and practices, historical context and gender regimes.

She has served as editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and secretary-treasurer and section chair for the American Sociological Association Section on Aging and the Life Course. She served as director of graduate studies for the Department of Sociology and has received several teaching honors including the IU Trustees Teaching Award and the Graduate Student Mentor Award.

She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in sociology from Florida State University and was a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral trainee at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina.