Thursday, July 30, 2015

Outreach and engagement

Expansion at the highest levels of academe should never surprise me, but it does. "Outreach and engagement" is for vice presidents or associate provosts of universities, and as I look through their names and photos, it's a good way to add females and minorities to white privileged administrations. The titles are often added to "diversity" jobs. They even have their own consortium.

Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Steinmetz has named a 10-member committee to search for the vice provost for Outreach and Engagement. The committee will be chaired by Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries Carol Diedrichs, and also includes Ola Ahlqvist (Geography), Eric Anderman (Educational Studies), Trevor Brown (John Glenn College of Public Affairs), Ronald Hendrick (FAES), Mark Shanda (Theatre), Natasha Slesnick (Human Sciences), Sarah Thompson (student representative, Social Work), Eric Troy (Student Life) and Kimberly Lambert (Human Resources, ex officio). Associate Vice Provost Stephen Myers will manage the day-to-day operations of the Office of Outreach and Engagement until a vice provost is hired.

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