Two appointments at the University of Rochester have been made to achieve the goals of the University's new Rochester Renaissance Plan, a five-year initiative to strengthen and refocus programs in the arts, sciences and engineering.
William Scott Green, Philip S. Bernstein Professor of Judaic Studies and College dean for undergraduate studies, will be vice provost for educational planning through August 1997, and Lesley H. Curtis has been named associate provost.
Green (who retains his other positions) will develop an organizational structure that will help all student-related parts of the University work together to implement the Rochester Renaissance Plan, which calls for a new curriculum, more selectivity in undergraduate admissions, new investments in River Campus facilities, and a significantly smaller student body.
Vice Provost Green will coordinate and organize the various functions that shape and affect the undergraduate learning environment, including admissions, financial aid, academic advising, other student advising, career counseling, registrar, bursar, residential life, and related offices. Green will also make recommendations for developing computer-assisted classrooms and other related educational technologies.
Green will also chair a Residential College Commission, which will include students, faculty, staff, and trustees. The commission will assist Green in planning and will recommend improvements to the character and quality of campus life. In addition, Green has been asked to begin developing a Center for Teaching Excellence, which will devise methods of assisting faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate teaching fellows in improving their teaching skills, and explore innovative methods of teaching.
Green also will work to enhance institutional visibility, collaborating with faculty from throughout the University in making their work and the University more visible.
Green holds a bachelor's degree in religion from Dartmouth College, and a doctorate in religious studies from Brown University.
Curtis, currently program director of the Academic Medical Center Consortium in Rochester, holds a B.A. in economics from Washington University and an M.S. degree in public policy analysis from the University. She is currently a University doctoral student in health services research.
Curtis will concentrate on strategic analysis and planning for College and University programs. Her research will focus on measuring program improvements undertaken through the Renaissance Plan; and on analyses, for example, of students' usage of various support services and satisfaction with their college careers.