Laurie J. Kirsch
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Development, and Diversity
As Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Development, and Diversity, Laurie Kirsch is responsible for supervising faculty appeal processes, reviewing appointment, promotion, and tenure guidelines for compliance with University policy, and advising deans and campus presidents on policies affecting faculty members. She also facilitates efforts to recruit and retain a world-class, diverse faculty, works to help faculty navigate opportunities and challenges as they advance their careers, and raises faculty awareness of ways to build diversity and inclusion into curriculum and classroomm environments. In addition, she facilitates the development and implementation of programs and workshops to strengthen faculty leadership and enhance faculty capacity. These include the annual retreat for chairs and associate deans, the Provost’s Diversity Institute, and the Management and Leadership workshops for faculty administrators.
As part of these roles, Vice Provost Kirsch works closely with the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) to foster excellence in teaching and to explore technology-enhanced education and online initiatives in order to better serve the University’s mission. She also works with Faculty Records to strengthen and streamline processes related to faculty actions. In addition, she chairs the provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence, which works to foster collaboration among Pitt faculty in developing innovative teaching methods, promotes programs and initiatives in support of the University’s diversity goals, and has served on the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Concerns.
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