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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Second Student Unionization Election Set for April 18-19, 2018

As you may know, an election was held in November 2016 in which a majority of students voted against unionization. As a result of a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling, that outcome was set aside and a second student unionization election will be held on April 18 and 19, 2018. As we move forward with a second election, student unionization will be a subject of much discussion on our campus. We encourage you to read more about the issues and access Frequently Asked Questions for more information.