|Vice Provost for Faculty: Anita Allen
July 16, 2013,
Volume 60, No.1
Provost Vincent Price announced the appointment of Anita L. Allen, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law in the Penn Law School and Professor of Philosophy in the School of Arts & Sciences, as Vice Provost for Faculty, effective July 1, 2013.
“Anita Allen brings an extraordinary range of experience to this critically important role,” said Provost Price. “She is a distinguished scholar of law and ethics, a seasoned administrator, a vibrant writer and public speaker, and a longtime champion of equity and access. I am most grateful to the consultative committee, led by Bob Holthausen of the Wharton School, whose invaluable work—and conversations with faculty across the university—helped achieve this exceptional result.”
Dr. Allen, an international expert in privacy law and contemporary ethics, is an author of seven books and more than 100 academic articles, including most recently Unpopular Privacy (Oxford University Press, 2011) and The New Ethics (Hyperion, 2004), named a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year. A widely cited writer, lecturer, and media commentator, she has chaired and served on dozens of boards, committees, and councils, both nationally and at Penn, including President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, chaired by Penn President Amy Gutmann.
She served from 2009-2011 as Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs of the Penn Law School, where she has taught since 1998, and previously as Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship of the Georgetown University Law Center, where she taught from 1987 to 1998. She has also taught at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Princeton University, Yale Law School, and numerous other schools around the world.
She earned a JD from Harvard Law School, a PhD and MA in philosophy from the University of Michigan, and a BA in philosophy, classics, and literature from New College of Florida.
The Vice Provost for Faculty oversees faculty life and the academic personnel process at Penn, including recruitment, retention, and retirement; appointments, tenure, and promotions; enhancement of faculty diversity and gender and minority equity; and resolution of individual faculty issues, including grievances. She coordinates the Provost’s Staff Conference and works closely with the deans and chairs of Penn’s 12 Schools, as well as the Faculty Senate, Vice President for Human Resources, Ombudsman, Affirmative Action Officer, diversity search advisors, Provost’s Senior Advisor for Diversity, and PASEF (Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty).