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Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Appointment

I am pleased to announce that Diane Kelly has accepted the role of vice provost for faculty affairs effective August 1.

As vice provost for faculty affairs, Diane will be responsible for the recruitment, retention, evaluation, promotion, and professional development of all faculty. She is committed to working closely with the Faculty Senate and general counsel to strengthen shared governance across the university.

Diane will take a leading role in operationalizing the university’s commitment to recruiting, supporting, and retaining diverse faculty, and she will work closely with the Commission for Women, the Commission for Blacks, the Commission for LGBT People, and the Council for Diversity and Interculturalism.

Diane has served as a professor and director of the School of Information Sciences since 2016. In that time, she has led the school to significant achievements, including a 110 percent enrollment increase in the Master of Science in information sciences and the creation of a new bachelor’s degree in information sciences.

Before coming to UT, Diane was a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has received numerous awards for both teaching and research, including the ASIST Research Award, the British Computer Society’s IRSG Karen Spärck Jones Award, Best JASIST Paper of the Decade (2000s), and the ASIST/Thomson Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award.

Diane is chair-elect of the iSchools organization, past chair of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval (SIGIR), co-editor-in-chief of Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval, and associate editor of ACM Transactions on Information Systems. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree, graduate certificate in cognitive science, and PhD from Rutgers University.

Please join me in welcoming Diane into the role of vice provost for faculty affairs.

John Zomchick
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor