During the 2004-2005 academic year, the underrepresentation of women and minority faculty at Harvard came to the fore. In February 2005, the University announced the formation of two Task Forces to "develop concrete proposals to reduce barriers to the advancement of women faculty at Harvard."
In May 2005, the Task Force on Women Faculty and the Task Force on Women in Science and Engineering made their recommendations, including improved data collection, faculty recruitment, mentoring and advising, and better work-life support.
The Task Forces also jointly recommended creating a senior position to address faculty diversity and development at Harvard.
Our office was created in September 2005 to respond to these needs. The current Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity is Professor Judith Singer, who reports directly to the President and the Provost.