Office of the Provost names new Provost Fellows

September 24, 2010

(From left) Beverly Davenport Sypher, vice provost for faculty affairs; Howard Zelaznik, Provost Fellow and professor of health and kinesiology; Paul Sojka, Provost Fellow and professor of mechanical engineering; and Timothy Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, met on Tuesday for a Provost Fellows orientation luncheon. (Photo by John Underwood)

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The Office of the Provost has named two faculty members as new Provost Fellows for academic 2010-11.

Howard Zelaznik, professor of health and kinesiology, and Paul Sojka, professor of mechanical engineering, were selected to work with the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research on selected projects to advance Purdue's "New Synergies" strategic plan.

The development program, which began in spring 2009, was established to assist faculty who have an interest in and demonstrated potential for university administration.

Steve Abel, associate dean for Clinical Programs in the College of Pharmacy, who as a Provost Fellow last year concentrated on faculty development, says, “The Provost Fellowship enabled me to gain significant insight into challenges and opportunities faced by leaders at the highest level within Purdue University. My projects enhanced my administrative portfolio, providing me unparalleled experience and confidence regarding my leadership potential.”

Each Provost Fellow applicant submitted a proposal identifying a priority area of the strategic plan. Zelaznik will focus on faculty development. Sojka will focus on research administration.

Fellows are appointed up to 50 percent to design and manage projects. They will attend monthly meetings with the Academic Leadership Program Fellows of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the senior administrative staff to explore administrative work and the challenges administrators face. 

Applications for the next academic year will be accepted in spring 2011.