May 9, 2016

Cornell Appoints New Vice Provost, Fellow for Pedagogical Innovation

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Prof. Rebecca Stoltzfus Ph.D. ’92, nutritional sciences, has been appointed vice provost for undergraduate education, Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced Monday. Prof. Julia Thom-Levy, physics, will serve in the newly created provost’s fellow for pedagogical innovation position.

Stoltzfus will begin her five-year term on July 1 and Thom-Levy will begin her three-year term Aug. 1, according to the University.

In this role, Stoltzfus — who currently serves as the provost’s fellow for public engagement — will collaborate with deans and student life administrative groups to oversee academic initiatives such as research, academic integrity and inclusivity on campus, the University reported.

Stoltzfus is a professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and the director of Cornell’s Program in Public Health. She has helped develop programs to increase student engagement internationally and integrate experiential learning in the curriculum, according to the University.

Thom-Levy’s work as the provost’s fellow for pedagogical innovation will focus on improving and innovating Cornell’s curricula and teaching, according to the University. She is currently an associate professor of physics and directs a research group at the Large Hadron Collider, as well as mentoring undergraduates conducting research.

In his announcement, Kotlikoff added that he was confident in Stoltzfus and Thom-Levy’s potential to improve the quality of undergraduate education at Cornell.

“Together they will be invaluable assets in creating and supporting initiatives to enhance learning experiences for all Cornell students,” Kotlikoff wrote.

Stoltzfus said she looks forward to overseeing undergraduate education and working with Thom-Levy, according to the University.

“I am excited to work with the leaders of [campus] programs toward even grater inclusivity, personal responsibility and academic success for all of our students,” Stoltzfus said.