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Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs Consultative Committee
February 20, 2007, Volume 53, No. 23

Provost Ron Daniels has announced the formation of a committee to advise on the selection of a new Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, to succeed Deputy Provost Janice Bellace, who will return to teaching and research at the Wharton School on June 30, 2007.  The Associate Provost, which is a full-time position, reports directly to the Provost and has delegated responsibilities for faculty affairs, faculty appointment and promotion issues, and all aspects of faculty governance. 

The consultative committee will be chaired by Edward Rock, Associate Dean and Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law, Law School.  Other members of the committee are:

David Balamuth, Associate Dean and Professor of Physics, School of Arts and Sciences;

Dawn Bonnell, Trustee Chair Professor of Materials Science, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Richard Herring, Jacob Safra Professor of International Banking and Professor of Finance, Wharton Avery Goldstein, Professor and Chair, Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences

Neville Strumpf, Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor in Gerontology, School of Nursing

John Jackson, Richard Perry University Associate Professor of Communications and Anthropology

Alan Wasserstein, Associate Professor of Medicine, HUP

Linda Koons, Executive Assistant to the Provost, will provide staff support.

According to Provost Daniels, among the specific duties of the position of Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs are:

• Managing the academic personnel process at the provost's level, including serving as a source of information regarding faculty policies and personnel procedures and faculty and retiree benefits; chairing the Provost’s Staff Conference subcommittee; and helping resolve individual faculty issues, including grievances.

• In concert with the Provost, the senior members of the Provost's Office and the academic leadership of the schools, reviewing existing academic personnel policies in relation to faculty recruitment, retention, promotion, compensation and affirmative action, as well as issues of gender and minority equity and developing and implementing appropriate changes.

In addition to the above, the Associate Provost will work closely with both the University Ombudsman and the University's Affirmative Action Officer and will oversee the Office of the Chaplain as well as the various arts and culture resource groups that report to the Provost's Office.

The search committee invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs.  In the first stage of its deliberations, the committee will only consider candidates who are currently tenured faculty at the University.  Ideally, they should have extensive knowledge of the University and its policies and practices and have experience in addressing faculty personnel issues in an effective and principled manner.  Candidates must be tactful and discreet in handling confidential and sensitive information and be able to work well with faculty, staff, deans and department chairs in helping to resolve often difficult problems.  Excellent written and oral communication skills and sound judgment are necessary as is demonstrated administrative competence.

Nominations and applications, including curriculum vitae, should be forwarded by March 16 to Chair, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs Search Committee, Office of the Provost, 122 College Hall/6303 or submitted electronically to koons@pobox.upenn.edu.

Almanac - February 20, 2007, Volume 53, No. 23