OFFICE OF THE VICE CHANCELLOR -
October 11, 2013
ALL ACADEMICS AND STAFF AT UC SAN DIEGO
Following more than five years of dedicated service as UC San Diego's first Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity (AVC-FE), Professor Jeanne Ferrante has announced her decision to conclude her service as AVC-FE effective November 1, 2013. She will return to her faculty position in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering following a well-deserved period of sabbatical.
Professor Ferrante is internationally recognized for her research in the general area of parallel and high performance computing, and specifically for the development of intermediate representations for optimizing and parallelizing compilers. She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and was recognized with the ACM Programming Language Achievement Award for her "significant and lasting contribution to the field."
As AVC-FE, Professor Ferrante has played a leading role in advancing UC San Diego's goal of achieving and sustaining faculty equity and diversity in pursuit of academic excellence. She has been integral in our efforts to recruit, retain, and support faculty with demonstrated diversity experience and/or those who are willing to make substantial contributions in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. She initiated the appointment of and supported our campus' first cadre of Faculty Equity Advisors, respected faculty who work in partnership with the AVC-FE and their deans to promote faculty diversity and equity within their respective divisions/schools.
Additionally, AVC Ferrante has collaborated in the design and implementation of several successful initiatives to support faculty equity and diversity including a new annual orientation program for new department chairs, a new academic advancement advising program in which ex-CAP members serve as volunteer advisors to junior faculty, and she has engaged department chairs in quarterly forums on topics related to diversity and equity. She has also spearheaded several gender-equity related initiatives including the Women's Leadership Alliance, a subgroup of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, and a variety of NSF-supported activities that advance equity and diversity, including the upcoming UC-wide Roundtable on the role of contributions to diversity in faculty hiring and academic review, which will be hosted at UC San Diego later this month.
Please join us in thanking AVC Ferrante for her exceptional service to the campus. It is clear that her work has had meaningful impact, for which we are deeply grateful. An internal search for a new AVC-FE will soon be launched by the office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.