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2016 Provost's Fellows Cohort

January 21, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

It is simply my pleasure to introduce the 2016 Cohort of Provost's Fellows. We received 22 applications for 4 slots. The selection committee was impressed by all of the applications and overwhelmed by the response. After long deliberation, we extended the number of Provost's Fellows for this cohort to 7 new fellows. To respond to the demand, we created a few part-time slots for new Provost's Fellows to work on smaller projects.

I would like to personally thank all of the applicants, the references, and the administrative leaders for supporting this program. The intention of the Provost's Fellows program is two-fold. The program allows the Provost's Fellows to get a more extensive view of the institution while engaging in projects that can greatly enhance our strategic academic vision. Secondly, the expertise of the Provost's Fellows can help to inform the Office of the Provost on a wide variety of strategic areas. I would like to thank our Vice Provosts, Dr. John DiNardo, Dr. Janet Fleetwood, Dr. James Herbert, and Dr. Aleister Saunders for sponsoring Provost’s Fellows within their respective offices. I would also like to thank Dr. Janet Fleetwood, Ms. Ellonda Green, and Ms. Donna McVicker for managing the selection process.

2016 Provost's Fellows

(A website with biographies and projects can be found at

2016 Provost’s Fellows
Dr. Cameron F. Abrams Professor, Chemical Engineering
Dr. Ulrike Altenmüller-Lewis Associate Professor, Architecture
Bret D. Asbury, JD Associate Professor, Kline School of Law
Dr. Aroutis Foster Associate Professor, School of Education
Dr. Timothy Kurzweg Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dr. Jason Silverman Associate Professor, School of Education
Dr. Mitra Taheri Associate Professor, Materials Engineering

Shortly, the new fellows will be engaging in their projects. The Provost’s Fellows will be invited to attend senior leadership meetings relevant to their areas. The Office of the Provost will also provide separate leadership training in the form of brown bag lunches with interactions with leaders from the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and Deans of the Schools and Colleges. I would like to thank all who applied to the program. We will welcome new applications in the summer/fall for our next cohort. Please take a moment to congratulate the new Provost’s Fellows, when you see them next.