About FD&D

The Office for Faculty Development and Diversity is Harvard’s central faculty affairs office.  

Our goal: to recruit and retain outstanding scholars and teachers as we continue to diversify the faculty. 

We are especially attentive to tenure-track faculty needs and the concerns of women and minority faculty at all academic ranks.

FD&D works with the Schools to guide faculty affairs policies and practices through:

  • Leading efforts to strengthen Harvard’s faculty
  • Offering University-wide programs to improve faculty life and diversity
  • Gathering and analyzing data on faculty appointments.

The Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity works with the President and Provost and is responsible for:

  • Advising on the tenure process
  • Reviewing tenure-track and senior non-ladder appointments in some Schools
  • Reviewing requests to appoint endowed chairs
  • Administering central funds earmarked for appointing outstanding scholars who increase the excellence and diversity of Harvard faculty

Meet Our Team

Judith Singer Photo

Judith D. Singer

Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
James Bryant Conant Professor of Education
Julia Weng Photo

Julia Weng

Associate Director of Administration and Technology

Our 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