Welcome to the web site of the Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs. The senior vice provost and dean is responsible for wide areas of faculty affairs. Under the direction of the provost, s/he is authorized to act in all faculty personnel actions, including faculty hiring, reappointments, and approval of leaves of absence. S/he is the Affirmative Action Officer of the University for faculty actions, and also investigates complaints of sexual harassment and other misconduct. The senior vice provost and dean holds broad responsibility for faculty development and works with the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning, among other offices, to develop programs and strategies for furthering the success of faculty. The senior vice provost and dean holds a leadership position among the team of vice provosts and engages in outreach for the office of the provost, including acting as a liaison with the Faculty Senate and its committees.