Dr. Nancy C. Biggio
Assistant Professor, Political Science, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Samford Hall 215
In her role as Assistant Provost, Nancy Biggio oversees University-wide efforts for faculty and student development including faculty development grants, student retention programs, undergraduate research initiatives, and faculty mentoring. Specific areas which report to her include the Career Development Center, Disability Resources, Academic Success Center and the Resources Center for Pastoral Excellence. In addition, Biggio works with deans and directors setting budgetary policy and allocating resources for the Academic Affairs division consistent with the Provost's strategic plan.
Prior to becoming Assistant Provost in 2009, Biggio served as Director of the Honors Program; Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship; and Director of the Samford in Mission Grant, a $2 million grant from the Lilly Endowment's Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation. She has been on the faculty at Samford since 2005 and has taught courses at University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Birmingham-Southern College.
Biggio's research is in the area of the rationality of the use of violence by religious and secular groups using an expected utility theory. She serves on many committees for the University including Academic Affairs, Academic Technology and Learning Resources, Curriculum Committee, Campus Life, Business Affairs and Faculty Welfare, and Undergraduate Enrollment Management. In the community, Biggio is a member of the Junior Board of the YWCA of Central Alabama and the Steering Committee of the Youth Leadership Forum of Birmingham.
Biggio received a bachelor's degree in political science from Drew University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from the University of Alabama.