The following email was sent to faculty and staff by Interim Provost and Professor of Sociology Mary Osirim on Thursday, July 11:
Dear Members of the Bryn Mawr Community,
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Elizabeth McCormack, Professor of Physics, has agreed to serve as Associate Provost beginning August 15, 2013 for a two-year term.
The creation of an Associate Provost position came after extensive conversation and feedback with the faculty about how we might temporarily structure the Provost’s Office during this interim period. It was decided that an appointment of an Associate Provost for a two-year appointment would be helpful during this time of transition at the College. This position will be responsible for the oversight of department and program assessment, it will work with the Curriculum Committee on the day-to-day implementation of curriculum and curriculum development, it will be responsible for the Middle States Periodic Review Report preparation process, and it will assist the provost with faculty development programming.
To give you some background on Liz, she joined the faculty at Bryn Mawr College in 1995 and began a research program in molecular physics with funding from a CAREER award from the NSF. She was promoted to full professor in 2005. Over her eighteen years at Bryn Mawr College, she has published over 30 peer-review articles and has received support for her work from the NSF and NASA. She is an active and valued member of the Physics Department and in her field, serving on the Board of Directors of The Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the Board of Advisors to Project Kaleidoscope in association with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and as a consultant to the Scientific Equipment Program at the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.
Liz has extensive experience in leadership roles at the College. She has served as the Chair of the Faculty and the Dean of Graduate Studies, and she currently serves as the Chair of the Physics Department and the Director of the STEM Posse. She has also served on the Committee on Academic Priorities, the Committee on Nominations, the Deans Advisory Group, and the Graduate Council.
I am incredibly excited to work with Liz. She is a thoughtful, deeply committed faculty member who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of Associate Provost. I’d like to extend my thanks to her for taking on this role. I’d also like to thank the faculty for their nominations and for their thoughtful responses to the creation of this interim position and for their openness to the interim structure of the Provost’s Office during this transition period at the College.
Please join me in congratulating Liz in her new role. I look forward to working with her to advance the excellence that is Bryn Mawr!
With my best wishes,