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.
Sarah Thomas is vice president for the Harvard Library and the Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College. From 2007 to 2013 she served as Bodley's Librarian, overseeing Oxford's university libraries, including the historic Bodleian Library. She was University Librarian at Cornell University from 1996 until 2007. She began her career at Harvard University's Widener Library and has since worked at Johns Hopkins University, the Research Libraries Group (Stanford, CA), the National Agricultural Library, and the Library of Congress. In 2007 she received the Melvil Dewey Award from the American Library Association, and in 2004 she served as the President of the Association of Research Libraries. In 2010 she was elected a member of Oxford's University Council. She is a member of the RLUK Board of Directors.
She is a graduate of Smith College, and holds a MS in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston, and a Ph.D. in German literature from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.