February 26, 2013


SUBJECT:    Appointment of Muir College Provost

It is my pleasure to announce that John Moore, Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Linguistics Heritage Language Program, has been appointed as the next Provost of Muir College, effective September 1, 2013.

Professor Moore has been a member of the faculty since 1992. He received his Ph.D. in 1991 from University of California, Santa Cruz. A highly regarded scholar in theoretical syntax, Professor Moore's work has concentrated on Spanish syntax and the grammatical encoding of semantic arguments. His current research includes work on the Moro Project, Border Spanish, and Heritage Persian. Professor Moore has served as department chair, departmental diversity representative, and has served several terms on the Muir College Executive Committee (chairing the committee in 2006-07). Professor Moore is currently serving as Chair of the Academic Senate Committee on Academic Personnel (CAP). He is a gifted musician, widely known as a flamenco guitarist. He recently completed a translation of stories from flamenco singer Pericón de Cádiz.

Professor Moore has a demonstrated history of commitment to undergraduate education, campus service, and contributions to diversity in teaching, research and service, which will serve him well in his new position as Provost. In addition to teaching core undergraduate courses on syntax, historical linguistics, and Spanish linguistics, he has taught freshman seminars on the structure and history of flamenco. He has been involved in the Global Seminar Program since its beginning, offering a Global Seminar Program in Cádiz, Spain for the past six years with courses on Spanish dialectology and flamenco. Professor Moore has also been active recruiting for and promoting the Global Seminar program, winning a "Partner in International Education" award in 2011.

Professor John Moore's administrative and academic accomplishments and his commitment to the John Muir College theme of "stressing the spirit of individual choice and responsibility within the framework of a welcoming and supportive community," make him exceptionally well qualified to provide leadership as Provost of Muir College. I am delighted that he has accepted this important and challenging leadership position, and ask that you join me in offering him best wishes and support in his new role. Please also join me in thanking Professor Susan Smith for her extraordinary tenure of service as Provost during the past seven years. She will step down as Provost and retire from her faculty position in the department of Visual Arts, effective June 30, 2013.

Suresh Subramani
Executive Vice Chancellor