Provost Announcements

Appointment of Interim Dean: School of Law

February 3, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

As a follow-up to my January 23, 2023 announcement regarding leadership transition in the School of Law, I want to share that I have named Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi as Interim Dean.

Haider came to Pitt as an Assistant Professor of Law in 2007, and was promoted to Vice Dean on July 1, 2018 from the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, a position he had held from July 1, 2017.  From 2013 to 2017, he served as Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development.

Leadership Transition in the School of Law

January 23, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you that, effective today, January 23, 2023, Amy Wildermuth has resigned from her role as Dean of the School of Law in order to re-engage in academic pursuits and assume a tenured faculty role.

I am grateful that Vice Dean Haider Ala Hamoudi has agreed to assume day-to-day oversight of the school until I name an Interim Dean and subsequently announce a search for Amy’s successor. I look forward to supporting the School of Law during this transition and in the time ahead.


Appointment of Interim Associate Provost for Digital Education and Teaching Innovation

January 6, 2023

I hope each of you had an enjoyable and rejuvenating Winter Break. 

I am pleased to announce that Audra Longert will join the University of Pittsburgh as Interim Associate Provost for Digital Education and Teaching Innovation on January 9. As has been discussed at Council of Deans meetings, there is a current, urgent need to advance online education at Pitt strategically and efficiently. Audra will help us build momentum in online education and better coordinate the University’s approach.

Michael Colaresi: Associate Vice Provost for Data Science

December 19, 2022

Dear Colleagues, 

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Michael Colaresi, the William S. Dietrich II Professor of Political Science and the Research and Academic Director for the Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, will step into a new role at the University. Effective January 1, he will serve as Associate Vice Provost for Data Science. 

In-state Students to Receive Additional Relief Funding from the Commonwealth

August 24, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

Today, all in-state graduate and undergrade students (all campuses) will receive an email informing them that the University of Pittsburgh will distribute $7.5 million to more than 20,000 in-state students on all five campuses. These funds represent 100% of Pitt’s one-time state allocation of COVID-19 relief money that was recently granted by Governor Tom Wolf’s office.