New vice provost search under way

Focus on diversity, faculty development

Strengthening the diversity of the Washington University community and enhancing faculty development opportunities are ongoing priorities of Provost Edward S. Macias, PhD, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and the Barbara and David Thomas Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences.

With those goals in mind, Macias is creating a new position of vice provost whose initial focus will be on diversity and faculty development, among other areas of university-wide importance.

“Diversity is keenly important to the university,” Macias says. “The new vice provost will work closely with me to achieve the university’s goals in this and in other key areas.”

Macias appointed James E. McLeod, vice chancellor for students and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, to chair an advisory committee that will identify and recommend candidates from within the Washington University community.

The vice provost position will be filled by an internal Washington University full professor and will carry a 50 percent appointment.

The vice provost will report directly to the provost and have a portfolio of activities.

The review of candidates’ credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The successful candidate will have a record of exceptional scholarship and teaching, substantial administrative experience in a complex environment, high aspirations for the future of the university and high expectations for excellence.

For full consideration, applications and nominations should be submitted by Oct. 15. Candidates should submit a C.V., a letter of interest and a list of three to five references.

Applications, nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest should be forwarded, in confidence and preferably electronically, to

“We strongly encourage interested applicants from our Washington University community to apply and ask faculty to nominate colleagues who would make strong candidates,” Macias says.

In an addition to McLeod, other members of the advisory committee are:

  • Heather A. Corcoran, associate professor of art;
  • Mary Ann Dzuback, PhD, director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and associate professor of education, of history and of women, gender, and sexuality studies, all in Arts & Sciences;
  • Tonya Edmond, PhD, associate professor of social work and associate dean for academic affairs, George Warren Brown School of Social Work;
  • Ralph S. Quatrano, PhD, dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science and the Spencer T. Olin Professor in Arts & Sciences;
  • John H. Russell, PhD, professor of developmental biology and associate dean for graduate studies, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences; and
  • Gerhild S. Williams, PhD, vice provost, the Barbara Schaps Thomas and David M. Thomas Professor in the Humanities in Arts & Sciences and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.

For questions or comments, contact any member of the Advisory Committee.