Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity James Bryant Conant Professor of Education
Professor Singer, James Bryant Conant Professor of Education at Harvard University, was named Harvard’s Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity in July 2008. Working closely with the President and Provost, she is responsible for faculty development and diversity across the University, addressing the need for more systematic review and analysis of appointments, with an eye to ensuring greater excellence and diversity in faculty ranks. She serves as a key adviser in the ad hoc tenure process, chairs the Provost’s Review Committee on Faculty Appointments, and oversees the administration of funds designated to facilitate the appointment of outstanding scholars who increase the faculty’s diversity. Working closely with colleagues across the University, Singer oversees and guides institutional policies and transformation in all areas of faculty affairs, providing intellectual leadership and coordination across the Schools with the twin goals of increasing accountability and fostering measureable progress in important domains.
An internationally renowned statistician, Singer has written nearly 100 papers and three books primarily focused on the practice of multilevel modeling, survival analysis, and individual growth modeling in a broad array of disciplines including statistics, education, psychology, medicine, and public health. Singer has received numerous honors for her work, including a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and election to the National Academy of Education. Singer received her B.A. in Mathematics, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany in 1976. She has been at Harvard ever since, receiving her Ph.D. in Statistics in 1983. In 1984, she began her academic career as an Assistant Professor of Education and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and Professor in 1993. She was named the James Bryant Conant Professor of Education in 2001. From 1999 to 2004 Singer served as academic dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and acting dean from 2001 to 2002. For further information, you may visit Professor Singer's faculty website.
Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
Elizabeth works closely with senior administration, faculty, deans, and the larger community across Harvard to aid in the recruitment, development, promotion, and retention of faculty in all departments. Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Elizabeth served for almost a decade as Assistant Dean for Faculty Development in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at Harvard where she supported faculty recruitment at all levels. She also plays a leadership role in the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) on both a national and regional level and is an active member of the International Higher Education Dual Career Association (IHEDCA) and the College and University Work-Family Association (CUFWA). Elizabeth’s area of professional expertise includes academic affairs, faculty recruitment and development, and dual-career assistance for faculty couples, as well as academic advising and study abroad programs for students.
Elizabeth joined the Office in March of 2014, to work with the senior administration and deans across the University on faculty appointments and processes. She oversees the review of all faculty appointments, serves on the Provost's Appointments Review Committee, and develops and implements projects to improve Harvard's faculty searches and its processes of promotion and tenure review. Before joining FD&D, she was Executive Editor-at-Large at Harvard University Press, where over the course of seventeen years she created a widely praised and influential list of books on teaching, learning, and current social forces in higher education, and strengthened the Press's lists in law and behavioral sciences. She has also been a science editor at W. H. Freeman, the University of California Press, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge in history and philosophy of science, and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in Comparative Literature.