Provost: Janice Bellace
Janice R. Bellace, former undergraduate dean and deputy
dean at Wharton, was named Associate Provost, effective
March 1, Provost Robert Barchi announced last week.
Bellace is the Samuel Blank Professor of Legal Studies,
and Professor of Legal Studies and Management, at the Wharton
School. She is also the Director of the Huntsman Program
in International Studies and Business.
Provost, Dr. Bellace will be responsible for the academic
personnel process including faculty recruitment, appointments
and promotions, and for issues related to faculty governance.
She will also assist the Provost in strategic planning
and gender and minority equity. The Associate Provost also
helps resolve individual faculty issues, including faculty
addition to being an outstanding academician, Dr. Bellace
will bring tremendous experience and expertise to the Associate
Provost's office," said Dr. Barchi. “Her personal style
is exceptionally well suited to this sensitive position.
I'm very pleased that she's joining the Provost's Office
in this crucial role."
been a member of the faculty for 25 years, I am incredibly
honored to have this opportunity to help ensure the integrity
of the faculty appointments and promotions process," said
Dr. Bellace. “As Associate Provost, I will work closely
with the Provost and my colleagues across the schools to
help strengthen Penn's faculty, make an impact on quality
of life issues such as dual career couples and retirement
planning and focus our efforts more keenly on gender equity
and minority recruitment and retention."
Bellace, CW '71 and L '74, was Wharton's undergraduate
dean, 1990-1994. During this time she oversaw the implementation
of the new Wharton undergraduate curriculum, with a focus
on making it easier for students to take courses in other
schools and pursue a dual degree. In order to create an
international dimension to the undergraduate education,
she led the effort to mandate a foreign language competency
requirement for Wharton students. She initiated study abroad
programs for business students in Lyon, Madrid, Milan,
Tokyo and Hong Kong.
pioneered the introduction of a mandatory first-year experiential
course in leadership and teamwork (Management 100). In
1992, she conceived of a unique undergraduate joint degree
program, and shepherded what became the Huntsman Program
through the SAS and Wharton faculty approval process. She
stepped down as undergraduate dean in June 1994, just before
the first Huntsman Program freshmen matriculated.
July 1994, Dr. Bellace became deputy dean, Wharton's chief academic
officer. In that role, she oversaw the allocation of all
faculty slots and all faculty appointments. During the
period 1994-1999 over 20 endowed chairs were awarded.
As Wharton increased the range of its international activities,
she crafted the role that Wharton would play in collaborating
with two new institutions, the Indian School of Business
and Singapore Management University.
stepping down as deputy dean, she took a leave of absence
from Penn. On July 1, 1999, she became the founding president
of Singapore Management University, a new, private university.
When she stepped down in September 2001, that university
had grown from 11 to 57 faculty, enrolled 800 students
in two schools, and had moved to a newly renovated historic
had served on a number of Wharton and University committees.
During the 1980s, she was on the Faculty Senate, and chaired
the Economic Status of the Faculty committee. She now serves
as chair-elect of the Faculty Grievance Commission and
as moderator of University Council. She also chairs the
executive committee of the Thouron Award for British-American
Exchange. Dr. Bellace was a recipient of a Thouron Award;
she attended the London School of Economics and received
her master's degree in industrial relations with a concentration
in labor law in 1975. She then worked in London as
a legal journalist for Incomes Data Services.
Bellace joined the faculty as an assistant professor of
legal studies in 1979. She has held a secondary appointment
in the management department. She was promoted to associate
professor with tenure in 1984, and to professor in 1993.
Bellace's research is in employment law and human rights,
both domestic and international. An author of numerous
articles and books, her most recent article was “The Future
of Employee Representation in American Labor Law." She
is working on a proposal to utilize private labor arbitration
as a means of resolving disputes over companies' observance
of internationally recognized human rights.
1995, she has been a member of the Committee of Experts
on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations of
the International Labor Organization, an international
group of 20 scholars who report on compliance with fundamental
labor and human rights standards. Active in several professional
organizations, such as the International Society for Labor
Law and Social Security, she is on the executive board
of the International Industrial Relations Association.
She is a former secretary of the Section on Labor and Employment
Law of the American Bar Association. She also serves as
a member of the Public Review Board of the UAW.