The provost serves as Harvard’s chief academic officer, working with the president to oversee academic policies and activities university-wide. The Office of the Provost [view organizational chart] works closely with the University’s academic and administrative leaders to:

  • Foster interfaculty collaboration
  • Improve Harvard’s performance in building a diverse pipeline of scholars and in developing scholars at all stages of the academic career ladder
  • Advance university-wide approaches to compliance and research policy
  • Support University cultural and artistic entities and projects
  • Oversee and coordinate the University’s international activities
  • Support faculty, students, and academic professionals in advancing innovations in teaching and learning; and
  • Oversee activities pertaining to intellectual property, technology transfer, research collaborations with industry, and trademark licensing.

The deputy, vice, associate, and assistant provosts, together with the provost’s administrative and operations staff, support the provost in carrying out these responsibilities.

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Update on Graduate Student Unionization (August 26, 2016)

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that students who serve in teaching and research capacities at private universities now have the right to unionize. Graduate student unionization is an important subject of discussion on our campus. The University's response to the decision is here. In addition, the Provost and GSAS Dean have written a letter to the community about this topic. Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on these issues.