John Shaw

John H. Shaw

Vice Provost for Research
Harry C. Dudley Professor of Structural and Economic Geology
Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering

In his role as Vice Provost for Research, John H. Shaw works to support the research enterprise of the University, including its twelve schools and fifteen practicing hospitals. He helps to advance Harvard’s research mission through coordination and collaboration across the University and beyond, enabling foundational and transformative research and developing core research support. He also helps the University navigate the federal regulatory landscape for research funding received by Harvard (totaling nearly $1 billion annually) and associated compliance requirements.

John also serves as the Harry C. Dudley Professor of Structural and Economic Geology in the Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) Department, and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering in the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). He is a structural geologist and applied geophysicist who investigates the nature of faulting in the earth’s crust, with applications to earthquake science. His research is also focused on energy systems and carbon storage, and the environmental impacts of these activities. Shaw offers courses on these topics through the General Education Program, EPS, and SEAS.

Shaw served as chair of the EPS Department for thirteen years, supporting faculty, affiliated scientists, students, and staff. Activities in this role included strategic planning, faculty hiring and evaluation; oversight of student academic programs; fiscal management and planning; research compliance; fundraising; alumni relations; diversity and inclusion initiatives; and oversight of lab renovations and building operations. Shaw has served on several School- and University-level committees focused on professional conduct and research policy. He also served as the Chair of the Board of the Southern California Earthquake Center, an international research organization involving more than 90 institutions with federal and private sector funding sources. He is also co-founder of Seismix Reservoir Management, LLC, a firm that helps to assess environmental hazards of energy-related operations for companies, regulatory groups, and others.

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Judith D. Singer

Judith D. Singer

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.

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James Stock

James H. Stock

Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability
Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy

James H. Stock is the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and member of the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research areas are empirical macroeconomics, monetary policy, econometric methods, and energy and environmental policy.  He has substantial experience in the field of energy and environmental policy and is a key figure in the University’s climate and sustainability efforts.

As Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability, Jim leads the development of a coordinated University-wide strategy to address climate change, bringing greater focus, clarity, and visibility to Harvard’s extraordinary breadth of work on climate and sustainability. Partnering with faculty, researchers, students, and staff around the University, Jim marshals and amplifies our efforts to bridge disciplines and tackle the cross-cutting challenges presented by climate change.

He received a M.S. in statistics and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Co-Editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity and is a coauthor of a leading introductory econometrics textbook and is a member of various professional boards. He previously served as Managing Editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics from 1992-2003, as Chair of the Harvard Economics Department from 2007-2009, as Co-Editor of Econometrica from 2009-2012, and as Member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2013-2014.

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Martha Whitehead

Martha Whitehead

Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian
Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Martha Whitehead is Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In this role, Martha leads a library network of more than 25 libraries employing more than 700 staff. Martha joined Harvard University in June 2019 from Queen’s University, where she served most recently as Vice-Provost (Digital Planning) and University Librarian. She was appointed University Librarian in 2012. Prior to joining Queen’s University as Associate University Librarian in 2004, Martha held various positions at the University of British Columbia Library for 19 years, including head of its information services division from 1997 to 2004. Martha holds a BA in English and an MLS from the University of British Columbia.

As a library leader, Martha has worked to ensure that research libraries are deeply embedded in their teaching, learning and research communities, and that they are deeply engaged in developing an open, sustainable, global knowledge commons for the benefit of those communities and society as a whole. Martha has a long history of service, with active engagement in regional, national, and international initiatives to advance digital research infrastructure and open scholarly communications. She currently serves as chair of the Executive Board of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), an international association with 156 members and partners from around the world. She is also chair of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation (IPLC) and is a member of the Board of the Digital Research Alliance of Canada. In past roles, Martha has served as president of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), and chair of numerous groups: Canada’s National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS) Steering Committee, CARL’s Policy Committee, CARL’s Open Repositories Working Group, the Executive Committee of the Ontario Council of University Libraries, and the Executive Committee of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. She has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Council on Digital Infrastructure, and the Programs and Quality Committee of the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Martha played a lead role in the development of Portage, a research data management network launched in 2015 by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries in collaboration with other research stakeholders. In 2019, Martha was awarded the CARL Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship Award.

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