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Deputy Provost Bellace Stepping Down June 30
November 21, 2006, Volume 53, No. 13

Deputy Provost Janice Bellace has announced that she will step down from the Provost’s Office on June 30, 2007 to return to teaching and research at the Wharton School. 

During her term in the Provost’s Office, she has served as both Associate Provost and Deputy Provost.  In both capacities, she has been responsible for the management of the academic personnel process, in particular overseeing issues related to faculty governance; the resolution of individual faculty issues, including faculty grievances; and the appointment and tenure process. In addition to these responsibilities, during 2005-2006 she also provided transitional oversight for undergraduate and graduate Ph.D. education at Penn while the search for a new Associate Provost was being conducted.

“I am deeply appreciative of the fine counsel and advice Janice has provided to me and to other members of the academic leadership of the University,” said Provost Ronald Daniels. “During my transition to Penn, Janice imparted invaluable insight and perspective on Penn’s traditions and policies. Recently, she received the highest honor from her professional colleagues by being selected as the President-Elect of the International Industrial Relations Association. This is very powerful recognition of the respect and confidence Janice enjoys within her discipline, and I wish her all the best in this new role.”

Among the highlights of her tenure in the Provost’s Office, Dr. Bellace oversaw the development of several “family friendly” policies for both faculty and doctoral students related to career-family balance issues; helped develop a new joint appointment policy for faculty; and helped develop mentoring policies for both faculty and graduate students. Most importantly, Dr. Bellace proposed and has managed the development of a central Faculty Information System, which has resulted, in its first phase, in a new web-based promotions process.

Dr. Bellace chaired the recent NCAA re-certification process and was responsible for revising the University’s Faculty-Staff Handbook, which will be put on line shortly. She has also been conducting workshops to ensure that faculty are informed about Penn’s sexual harassment policy.

Dr. Bellace, the Samuel A. Blank Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics; and professor of management at Wharton, is also the director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, a position she will continue to hold.

“My three years in the Provost’s Office have been a time of substantial transition. I have greatly enjoyed the ability to influence policy and to take action to implement the Penn Compact. But I have deeply missed teaching and research, the essence of Penn. Now that the transition in the Provost’s Office is complete, it is time for me to resume my scholarly pursuits.”

The former undergraduate dean and deputy dean at Wharton, Dr. Bellace served as founding president of Singapore Management University from 1999-2001 and is currently a trustee of that university and the chair of the Wharton-Singapore Management University Research Centre. Since 1995, she has served as a member of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations at the International Labour Organization. Her research is in employment law and human rights, both domestic and international.

A search for her replacement will be announced in a future issue of Almanac.

Almanac - November 21, 2006, Volume 53, No. 13