Provost's & Deans' Responsibilities

The Provost has overall responsibility for all aspects of the academic life at Wellesley. The responsibilities of the Office of the Provost are distributed among the provost and the two deans.

The responsibilities outlined below are:  Major Areas of Responsibility, Department and Program Assignments, Committee Assignments, and Direct Reports.

  Andrew Shennan,
Provost & Dean of the College
Kathryn Lynch
Dean of Faculty Affairs
Richard French
Dean of Academic Affairs
Major Areas of Responsibility Strategic planning
Institutional budget planning
Faculty appointments
Academic programs and budgets
Centers
Faculty matters:
appointments
contracts
recruitment and retention
leaves
awards
benefits
mentoring
development
Curricular matters:
instructional and academic development
academic innovation
instructional technology
institutional research
student learning and assessment
Department and Program Assignments Physical Education, Recreation & Athletics Africana Studies
Architecture
Art
Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS)
Classical Studies
Comparative Literature
East Asian Languages and Cultures
English
French (and French Cultural Studies)
German (and German Studies)
History
Italian Studies
Jewish Studies
Medieval/Renaissance Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Music
Philosophy
Religion
Russian (and Russian Area Studies)
South Asia Studies
Spanish
Theatre Studies
Women's and Gender Studies
Writing Program
American Studies
Anthropology
Astronomy (and Astrophysics)
Biological Chemistry
Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences
Computer Science
East Asian Studies
Economics
Education
Environmental Studies
Geosciences
International Relations
Latin American Studies
Mathematics
Media Arts and Sciences
Neuroscience
Peace and Justice Studies
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Quantitative Reasoning
Sociology
Committee Assignments Agenda Committee
Budget Advisory Committee
Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy
Diversity Coalition
Committee on Faculty Appointments (chair)
Honor Code Hearing Review Panel
International Study Committee
Advisory Committee on Merit (chair)
Committee on Minority Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention
Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy
Committee on Faculty Appointments
Committee on Faculty Awards
Faculty Benefits Committee
Advisory Committee on Merit
Academic Review Board
Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy (chair)
 Direct Reports - Assistant Provost for Academic Budget and Planning (Mary Pat Navins)
- Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity and Inclusion (Robbin Chapman)
-Associate Provost for Institutional Planning and Assessment (Elena Bernal)
- Chief Information Officer (Ravi Ravishanker)
- Registrar and Assistant Dean of the College (Carol Shanmugaratnam)
- Director of Athletics and Chair of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics (Bridget Belgiovine)
- Director of the Science Center (Cathy Summa)
- Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women (Layli Maparyan)
- Director of the Newhouse Center for the Humanities (Carol Dougherty)
- Director of the Davis Museum and Cultural Center (Lisa Fischman)
- Director of International Studies (Jennifer Thomas-Starck)
- Assistant Dean of the College for Faculty Appointments (Ruth Frommer) - Director of Sponsored Research (TBA)
- Director of the Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center (Nolan Flynn)
- Director of the Child Study Center (Sue Kerr)
- Director of Health Professions Advising (Sheila Brachfeld-Child)