May 4, 2016
ALL ACADEMICS, STAFF AND STUDENTS AT UC SAN DIEGO
I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Leslie Carver of the Department of Psychology, as Thurgood Marshall College's next Provost, effective July 1, 2016.
Professor Carver is a highly respected scholar and educator with a demonstrated record of service and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, equity and diversity. She has been an active member of UC San Diego faculty since 2001, working in the area of infant memory, social referencing, and face processing and social development in children with autism. As Director of the Developmental Neuroscience Lab for 14 years, Dr. Carver has mentored and managed numerous graduate students and lab managers, and over 200 undergraduate research assistants. Professor Carver also chairs an international consortium of 25 principal investigators and 20 associate members, researching predictors of outcomes in children who are at risk for developing an autism spectrum disorder, the Baby Sibs Research Consortium (BSRC).
Dr. Carver has been actively engaged in service on several campus and systemwide committees focused on improving the educational experience for students, and enhancing campus climate and diversity. As a member, Vice Chair, then Chair of the Senate's Undergraduate Council between 2011 and 2015, she shepherded multiple educational policy changes designed to improve student retention and success, including efforts to facilitate transfer students' transition to the University, review and modification of the undergraduate writing programs, and increase diversity efforts across the campus.
Additionally, Professor Carver has served on the systemwide Committee on Educational Policy, and locally on the Academic Senate Committee on Diversity and Equity, the Academic Integrity Review Board, and the Dean of Social Sciences Diversity Council. She initiated and has chaired the Psychology Department Diversity Committee since its formation in 2010. The committee works to encourage diversity discussions within Psychology, increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities on the faculty and in the graduate student population, and facilitate opportunities for underrepresented undergraduate students to learn about and prepare for graduate training. Professor Carver also contributed to the development of a Faculty Partners for Diversity group as part of the Graduate Division diversity outreach program. She was awarded the Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching in 2014.
Professor Carver's administrative and academic accomplishments, extraordinary level of student engagement, and vision for the future of Marshall College make her exceptionally well qualified to provide leadership as Provost. I am delighted that she has accepted this important and challenging leadership position, and ask that you join me in offering her best wishes and support in her new role. Please also join me in expressing sincere gratitude to Provost Allan Havis for his outstanding leadership of and dedication to Thurgood Marshall College for the past ten years.