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Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

May 3, 2016

Diane Jonte-Pace, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, will be taking a much-deserved sabbatical leave during the 2016-17 academic year to work on a number of important writing projects. I am pleased to announce that Elsa Chen, Associate Professor in Political Science, has agreed to serve a one-year term as Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs until Diane returns.

Elsa has worked collaboratively with academic affairs for many years – she is currently serving as Interim Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Co-Director of the Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation; she has served as member and chair of both the Academic Affairs Committee and the Rank and Tenure Committee for the Natural and Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences; she has taken a leadership role in the Women of Color Network; and she served as director of the Domestic Public Sector Studies Programs. Elsa also serves as a member of the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity and Inclusion and the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education’s Steering Committee. She is the recipient of the 2011 President’s Special Recognition Award, the 2012 Inclusive Excellence Award, and the 2015 David E. Logothetti Teaching Award in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

In her role as Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Elsa will oversee the areas of Research and Faculty Affairs, Faculty Development, Global Engagement, Undergraduate Studies, Diversity and Inclusion, the Writing Center, and the de Saisset Museum. She will also serve as the Provost’s designee to the Academic Affairs University Policy Committee, and she will work with the Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation.

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