Provost's Fellows - 2013
Published on October 23, 2013

Over the years, a number of University at Albany tenured academic faculty members have expressed interest in exploring the possibility of augmenting or broadening their research and scholarly activities with administrative and leadership responsibilities. In an effort to grow leadership capabilities at UA and to respond to these kinds of requests for growth and creative uses of faculty expertise, the Provost’s Fellows Program has been established and is in its second year.

The 2013 - 2014 Provost’s Fellows include:

Abebe Rorissa

Abebe Rorissa, Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies, who joins the Provost’s Office as Provost’s Fellow for developing a Digital Repository. He will be working closely with the Dean of the Libraries and her staff to develop an institutional plan, timeline, policies and procedures for a digital repository. He will communicate with faculty across the UAlbany campus to explain the value and function of a repository and will work to develop a prototype repository, complete with faculty exemplars and materials

 
Angie Chung

Angie Chung, Associate Professor in the department of Sociology who joins the Provost’s Office as Provost’s Fellow in Internationalization. She will be working closely with the Office for International Education to study the perceptions of international students about their life and studies at UAlbany, with an eye toward improving or developing new services or programs to make them feel welcome. Her findings will include recommendations for next steps in improving our international students’ experience.

 
Jennifer Manganello

Jennifer Manganello, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior, who joins the Provost’s Office as Provost’s Fellow in Research. She will be working closely with the Vice President for Research and his staff to identify best practices for PI support and to improve research productivity by studying UAlbany’s and peer institutions’ processes and research support structures.

 
Charles Shepherdson

Charles Shepherdson, Professor in the Department of English, who joins the Provost’s Office as Provost’s Fellow in Internationalization and Humanities. He will be working closely with the Office for International Education and the College of Arts and Sciences to cultivate relationships with international universities with an eye toward developing and increasing the number of international students coming to UAlbany and increasing international exchanges of students, and develop a pathway and flexible set of recommendations for an eventual Humanities Institute.

 
Lani Jones

Lani Jones, Associate Professor in Social Welfare, continues for a second semester in the Provost’s Office as Provost’s Fellow for Faculty Development & Recruitment. She is designing new faculty development opportunities intended to ensure a sense of community among and between faculty, and a greater sense of faculty satisfaction. She is paying specific attention to issues relevant to retention of and community building for faculty of color and new faculty. This Fellowship is a collaborative effort between the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost’s Office, and builds on efforts already begun through ODI.

 
Laura Wilder

Laura Wilder, Associate Professor in the Department of English, who joins the Provost’s Office as Provost’s Fellow in Writing Instruction. She will be working closely with Dr. Robert Yagelski, Director of the Writing and Critical Inquiry Program, and working to orient and mentor the program’s new faculty, provide faculty development opportunities to them, support the development of common course objectives and syllabus design, contribute to the design of assessment tools for the program, and plan longitudinal research of the program’s impact.

 

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