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Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

The Virginia Tech community is invited to finalist forums for vice provost for faculty affairs.

The search committee for Virginia Tech’s next vice provost for faculty affairs invites the campus community to participate in virtual open forum sessions for the four finalists who will visit the campus in October and early November.

The vice provost for faculty affairs will provide exceptional leadership and depth of experience in academic administration, and possess a strong commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. He/she will have the ability to lead teams, communicate with multiple and diverse audiences and individuals, and complete tasks in a complex organizational environment. The finalist selected will have a strong record of supporting a wide range of faculty positions across a broad array of academic units and fostering collaboration among different campus units to accomplish goals.

Virginia Tech launched the search for the next vice provost for faculty affairs in July following the retirement announcement of Jack W. Finney, who is leaving the university after a distinguished 34-year career as a professor, faculty advocate and respected university administrator.

Rachel Holloway, vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs and chair of the search committee, invites all members of the campus community to meet the candidates selected for virtual Open Forum discussions. Each candidate will share their perspectives on “A vision for facilitating faculty success in a research and land-grant university.” Questions may be submitted during the live discussions and feedback on the candidates can be shared with the search committee following each session.

Claire Katz

Claire Katz

October 13, 2021

Katz currently serves as associate dean of Faculties, Murray and Celeste Fasken Chair in Distinguished Teaching in the Liberal Arts, and professor of philosophy for Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University. She teaches courses and conducts research on contemporary continental philosophy, philosophy of education, ethics, philosophy of religion, feminist theory, and modern Jewish thought. Her work focuses on the intersection of philosophy and religion, with specific interests in contemporary French philosophy and French feminist theory.

Before coming to Texas A&M, Katz was associate professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Penn State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Memphis, a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Memphis, an M.A.T. in Philosophy for Children (P4C) from Montclair University, and a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Anisa Zvonkovic

Anisa Zvonkovic

October 20, 2021
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Join via Zoom: Open Forum Session for Anisa Zvonkovic

Zvonkovic serves as dean of the College of Health and Human Performance at East Carolina University (ECU). She is widely published in the area of work and personal life and her research centers on the effects of work and other demands on individual and interpersonal lives. Zvonkovic has received over $2 million in research grants from federal funders for studying gender, unpaid labor, paid work schedules, and other work/life issues. Her research has been published in journals including Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Social and Personal Relations, and Journal of Physical Activity and Health. In addition to serving as dean, she also holds the Bate Distinguished Professorship at ECU.

Prior to working for ECU, Zvonkovic served as department head for Human Development at Virginia Tech, and taught at Texas Tech University and Oregon State University. She holds a Ph.D. and Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.

Ron Fricker

Ron Fricker

October 27, 2021
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Join via Zoom: Open Forum Session for Ron Fricker

Fricker currently serves as the interim dean of the College of Science and a professor of Statistics at Virginia Tech. He is internationally recognized in the use of statistics and data science in national security applications as well as quality improvement methods and survey-based research. Fricker is the recipient of multiple teaching awards and author of more than 100 papers, monographs, and technical reports, He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, a Fellow of the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Leaders Network, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

Before coming to Virginia Tech, Fricker was a professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School, a senior statistician at the RAND Corporation, and associate director of the RAND National Security Research Division. He holds a Ph.D. and Mater’s in Statistics from Yale University, a Master’s in Operations Research from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy.

Autumn Cyprès

Autumn Cyprès

November 3, 2021
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Join via Zoom: Open Forum Session for Autumn Cyprès

Cyprès currently serves as associate provost for Lifelong Learning at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where she leads the execution of strategic priorities centered on opportunities and access for adult learners. Cyprès’ research centers on the study of politics in the professoriate, the study of politics in educational organizations, and organizational toxicity and reform. Her published work is focused for audiences of academics as well as educational leaders and can be found in journals such as Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational Leadership, and Teacher’s College Record.

Prior to her time at UAB, Cyprès was a biology teacher and school principal whose line of inquiry focused on building bridges between those who prepare school leaders and those leading school systems. She also served as a department chair at Virginia Commonwealth University and founding director of the Leadership Academy at The University of Tennessee. She holds an Ed.D. and Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration, and a Bachelor’s  in Secondary Education and Teaching from Arizona State University.

The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs will join Virginia Tech at an exciting time of transition. The university’s 16th president, Timothy D. Sands, who began his tenure in 2014, has led the university community in a generational visioning process to ensure Virginia Tech’s position as a global land-grant university leader. This has been followed by university- and college-level strategic planning that seeks to build on the key opportunities the university currently has to make meaningful and visionary progress in the coming years.

The next Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs will bring exceptional leadership skills and depth of experience in academic administration; a strong commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice; and the ability to lead teams, communicate with multiple and diverse audiences and individuals, and complete tasks in a complex organizational environment. The right candidate will have a strong record of supporting a wide range of faculty positions across a broad array of academic units and fostering collaboration among different campus units to accomplish goals.

Building on its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—an institutional and individual commitment to community, diversity, and excellence. The institution seeks candidates who adopt and practice their Principles of Community, which are fundamental to the university’s ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of qualified candidates to join its community in preparing leaders for a diverse, global society and encourages individuals across racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and other identities to apply.

Dean of the College of Science

Virginia Tech welcomes applications and nominations for the next Dean of the College of Science. This is an exceptional opportunity to guide a college with the potential to expand boundaries of research, education, and service in the modern comprehensive university. The dean will have the opportunity to build on degree programs that cut across disciplines and further develop an innovative curricular structure that creates an educational continuum for students interested in solving complex real-world problems. Born out of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2003 to promote and unite the sciences at Virginia Tech, the College of Science is home to world-class faculty across eight departments, a school, and two academies that sit at the nexus of interdisciplinary relationships at Virginia’s most comprehensive university. In addition to research partnerships and curricular innovations, the college fulfills a service and teaching mission that is critical to the success of other colleges and the university as a whole.

The dean will join Virginia Tech at an exciting time of transition. The university’s 16th president, Timothy D. Sands, who began his tenure in 2014, has led the university community in a generational visioning process to ensure Virginia Tech’s position as a global land-grant university leader. This has been followed by university- and college-level strategic planning that seeks to build on the key opportunities the university currently has to make meaningful and visionary progress in the coming years.  

For its College of Science, Virginia Tech seeks an energetic leader, strategic thinker, relationship builder, and strong communicator who will broaden the role of the college throughout the university without diluting the fundamental strengths that have been so integral to its past success. The dean will continue to build strategic growth areas, identify new opportunities for growth, and advocate for the college and the important role it plays in the university’s research, outreach, and education mission. The right candidate will have a strong record of relevant research and scholarship success and the ability to lead complex organizations. The dean will also be adept at championing the college externally to donors and alumni, as well as state, national, and international leaders.

A representative search committee has been convened to conduct the search and to recommend finalists to the provost. The university is assisted in the recruitment by the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence as noted at the end of this document.

Building on its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—an institutional and individual commitment to community, diversity, and excellence. The institution seeks candidates who adopt and practice their Principles of Community, which are fundamental to the university’s ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of qualified candidates to join its community in preparing leaders for a diverse, global society and encourages individuals across racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and other identities to apply.

Dean of the Graduate School