Final Report of the Consultative Committee On the Appointment of a Vice Provost for Research
September 17, 2013, Volume 60, No. 5
In March 2013, Provost Vincent Price convened a consultative committee to advise him on the appointment of a Vice Provost for Research to succeed Dr. Steven Fluharty, who served as Vice Provost and then Senior Vice Provost for Research since 2006 and was appointed Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences as of July 1, 2013.
The members of the committee were:
Jennifer Pinto-Martin, Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor and Chair of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, School of Nursing; Executive Director, Center for Public Health Initiatives (Chair)
Nancy Bonini, Florence R. C. Murray Professor of Biology, School of Arts & Sciences
Chi Van Dang, John H. Glick, M.D. Abramson Cancer Center Director’s Professor, Perelman School of Medicine; Director, Abramson Cancer Center
Larry Gladney, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence; Professor and Chair of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts & Sciences
Christopher Hunter, Professor and Chair of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine
Mark Lemmon, George W. Raiziss Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Perelman School of Medicine
Susan Sorenson, Professor, School of Social Policy & Practice
Karen Winey, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, School of Engineering & Applied Science
Lynne Hunter, Assistant Provost (Staff)
The Vice Provost for Research reports directly to the Provost and is a member of his senior leadership team for academic and strategic planning. S/he develops and implements policies that promote research excellence across the University and manages key elements of the University’s research infrastructure, including grant administration and research compliance. The Vice Provost serves as a champion for the research enterprise at Penn, aggressively exploring new areas for research and providing leadership to, and coordination of, research collaborations spanning Schools, and is also expected to guide the strategic efforts of the University in advancing research commercialization and to represent Penn to key local, regional and national constituencies.
The committee sought nominations of and applications from currently tenured faculty members at Penn with a strong personal record of funded research, experience in managing a large research operation, and a thorough knowledge of research policies and practices at the investigator, national and international levels. Candidates were also expected to be tactful and discreet in handling confidential information; work well with faculty, staff, deans and department chairs in negotiating difficult situations; and demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills, sound judgment and demonstrated administrative competence. Nominations and applications were solicited through an email to all faculty members and an announcement in Almanac.
Twenty nine faculty members were nominated or applied, of whom nine were women and five were members of historically underrepresented groups. The committee interviewed 11 candidates, of whom four were women and two were members of historically underrepresented groups, and recommended six of these candidates to the Provost. From this list, Dawn Bonnell, Trustee Professor of Materials Science in the School of Engineering & Applied Science and Director of the University of Pennsylvania Nano/Bio Interface Center, was appointed by the Provost as Vice Provost for Research, effective July 1, 2013.