The Office of Faculty Development & Diversity is Harvard’s central faculty affairs office. We work with colleagues in all the Schools to guide and coordinate policies and practices in all areas of faculty affairs, with the aim of increasing accountability and measurable progress in diversifying Harvard's faculty. In all our activities, we place a special emphasis on tenure track faculty and on women and minorities at all academic ranks.
FD&D's main mission is to develop, implement, and evaluate University-wide programs designed to improve faculty life and diversity, and to collect, analyze, and disseminate data on faculty appointments. Working closely with the President and Provost, the Senior Vice Provost for FD&D is a key adviser in the ad hoc tenure process, chairs the Provost’s Appointments Review Committee, and administers funds to facilitate the appointment of outstanding faculty members who increase the Harvard’s diversity. FD&D oversees:
- Initial faculty appointments, from search authorization to accepted offer
We review institutional policies, search and appointments processes, and prospective faculty appointments, and offer feedback to the Schools to ensure excellence and increasing diversity.
- Faculty review, retention, and promotion
Here as with initial appointments, we review institutional policies and prospective promotions, and offer feedback to the Schools to ensure excellence and increased diversity.
- The quality of faculty members’ experiences at the University
We convene groups and build bridges across the University, and help with tenure track faculty mentoring and development, support for teaching, work/family balance, and institutional climate.
Who is FD&D?
In May 2005, the Task Force on Women Faculty and the Task Force on Women in Science and Engineering jointly recommended that a senior position in Harvard's central administration be created to address and support faculty development and faculty diversity at Harvard. The position is the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, and it is currently held by Professor Judith D. Singer, who reports directly to the President and the Provost.
In September 2005, Harvard University created the Office of Faculty Development & Diversity. Conclusions and recommendations from the 2005 Women's Task Forces and the 2003 strategic study of organization in the President and Provost Offices indicated that Harvard required greater capacity within the Provost's Office to provide central leadership and oversight for faculty affairs.