Provost Wendell Pritchett announces the reappointment of Vice Provost for Faculty Anita Allen, who was initially appointed to a five-year term in 2013.
“Anita Allen is a world-renowned expert on ethics and privacy law whose interests span law, philosophy, race relations and civil and women’s rights,” said Provost Pritchett. “Recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine and President-Elect of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, she is an essential leader in advancing our campus-wide goals for faculty diversity, recruitment and retention. In particular, she is an invaluable partner in implementing the Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence, which has enhanced diversity across every measure, including a remarkable 30% increase in underrepresented minority faculty. She has also become an energetic leader of the arts on campus, chairing the Provost’s Arts Advisory Council and launching the exciting new Sachs Program for Arts Innovation and its hub for arts innovation in the Annenberg Center.”
Vice Provost Allen is the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law in the Penn Law School and professor of philosophy in the School of Arts & Sciences. As Vice Provost for Faculty, she oversees faculty life and the academic personnel process at Penn, including recruitment, retention and retirement; appointments, tenure and promotions; enhancement of faculty diversity and gender and minority equity; and resolution of individual faculty issues, including grievances. She chairs the Provost’s Arts Advisory Council and oversees the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art and Sachs Program for Arts Innovation.