About FD&D

The Office for Faculty Development and Diversity, led by the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, serves as Harvard’s central faculty affairs office. FD&D works closely with colleagues in Harvard’s Schools to guide and coordinate policies and practices in all areas of faculty affairs, with the overall goal of recruiting and retaining outstanding scholars and teachers as we make increasing progress in diversifying our faculty. In all of its activities, FD&D places a special emphasis on tenure-track faculty and on women and minorities at all academic ranks.

To achieve these goals, FD&D:

  • leads and coordinates efforts to strengthen Harvard’s faculty,
  • provides University-wide programs that improve faculty life and diversity,
  • and collects, analyzes, and disseminates data on faculty appointments. 

Working closely with the President and Provost, the Senior Vice Provost for FD&D is a key adviser in the tenure process, reviews tenure-track and senior non-ladder appointments in selected Schools, reviews School requests to appoint faculty to endowed chairs, and administers central funds that facilitate the appointment of outstanding faculty who simultaneously increase faculty excellence and faculty diversity.

Who is FD&D?

Meet the team.

FD&D History

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.

Report of the Task Force on Women Faculty

Report of the Task Force on Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)


Senior Vice Provosts

Judith D. Singer
Term: 2008 to Present
James Bryant Conant Professor of Education
Faculty page | Assisted by Roba Khorshid

Evelynn M. Hammonds
Term: 2005 to 2008
Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, and Professor of African and African American Studies
Faculty page | Assisted by Ellen Guarente