Appointment of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

mcdermott.jpgFrom Provost Elliot Hirshman

I am writing to inform you that effective immediately, Professor Patrice McDermott will assume the position of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. Vice Provost McDermott will have responsibility for working collaboratively with members of the UMBC community to facilitate the recruitment, development and retention of faculty members and to increase the diversity of our faculty. Among other critical responsibilities, she will monitor implementation of UMBC’s assessment plan and coordinate our Middle State’s Commission on Higher Education Periodic Review Report.

Vice Provost McDermott is exceptionally well-prepared to undertake this role. She received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. Since joining UMBC as a faculty member in 1993, Vice Provost McDermott has served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Coordinator of UMBC’s Faculty Diversity Recruitment Initiative, Special Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Chair of the Department of American Studies and lead co-PI on UMBC’s ADVANCE grant from the National Science Foundation, among other roles. In addition to her accomplishments in administration, Vice Provost McDermott is a noted scholar whose work focuses on gender, race and the politics of cultural authority. She is the author of “Politics and Scholarship: Feminist Academic Journals and the Production of Knowledge,” published by the University of Illinois press and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters.

Join me in congratulating Vice Provost McDermott on her appointment.

I also wish to thank John Jeffries, who chaired the search committee for the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, and all of the members of the search committee for their exceptional service.

I look forward to working with Vice Provost McDermott as we support the continuing growth and development of our faculty.

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