David Silva

Professional Details

Title Provost and Academic Vice President
Department Academic Affairs
Office Meier Hall 250
Phone 978.542.6246
Email david.silva@salemstate.edu
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Professional Biography

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."

Professional Interests

Academic administration, faculty development, active learning strategies, socio-phonetics, language variation and change, Korean, Portuguese


Leadership and management of all academic activities, including degree programs, curriculum, faculty support, and accreditations. Direct reports include all academic deans and the vice provost for faculty and global engagement. Centers that report directly into academic affairs include the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center for International Education, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Selected Publications

The University of Texas System, Academy of Distinguished Teachers. 2015. The Little Orange Book: Short Lessons in Excellent Teaching. Austin, TX: The University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-1-4773-0235-4

  • “Embrace the FUBU of Teaching” (pp. 84-86)
  • “Containing the Classroom Hijacker” (pp. 97-99)
  • “What’s your Legacy?” (pp. 139-140)

Silva, David J. 2012. Inquiries into Korean Linguistics V: Selected Workds from the Eighteenth International Conference on Korean Linguistics (ICKL 18) and the Xuzhou Confernece on Linguistic Sciences (2012). Arlington, TX: The Univeristy of Arligton Libraries. ISBN 978-0-9898878-09

Silva, David J. 2012. “The Imminent Death of the São Miguel Dialect? Hardly…” Invited essay, Mundo Açoriano, Friday, August 31, 2012 (pp. 12-13 of the printed version).

Silva, David J. 2011. “Language, Networks, and Identity in the Azorean Diaspora: One Family’s Sociolinguistic Profile.” Francisco Cota Fagundes, Irene Maria F. Blayer, Teresa F. A. Alves, and Teresa Cid (eds.), Storytelling the Portuguese Diaspora: Piecing Things Together. Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures, volume 194. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing. pp. 187-204.

Silva, David J., Sharon A. Peters, Fahad Ben Duhaish, Sok-Hun Kim, Yilmin Koo, Lana Marji, and Junsuk Park. 2011. “Variation in the Iraq Vowels outside the Public Forum: The Indexing of Political Persuasion Reconsidered.” American Speech 86.2:179-191.

Silva, David J. 2011. “Out of One, Many: The Emergence of World Korean(s).” James Hye-Suk Yoon et al. (eds.), Inquiries into Korean Linguistics IV. Thaehaksa: Seoul. pp. 9-37.

Silva, David J. 2010. “Death, Taxes, and Language Change: The Inevitable Divergence of Korean Varieties as Spoken Worldwide.” Robert J. Fouser (ed.), Contemporary Korean Linguistics: International Perspectives – In Honor of Professor Sang-Oak Lee. Seoul: Taehaksa. pp. 300-319.

Silva, David J. 2009. “Serving as a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Evaluator: Notes from a Novice.” Community College Journal of Research and Practice 33.8: 626-641.