As Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Beth Meyerowitz is the senior officer responsible to the provost for all faculty issues. She advises on faculty appointments, promotions, tenure, contracts, salaries and policies. She also integrates the responsibilities of her prior role as Vice Provost for Faculty and Programmatic Development. Beth oversees the University’s efforts to ensure that faculty receive the support and mentoring required for them to produce influential scholarly and creative work and to provide our undergraduate and graduate students challenging educational opportunities in and out of the classroom. She also works with schools to ensure that our distinguished faculty who produce consequential work are appropriately recognized by their disciplines and profession.
At USC, Dr. Meyerowitz served as Dean of Faculty in the USC Dana and David Dornsife College from 2000 to 2005. She also served as director of USC’s Clinical Psychology graduate program for six years. Dr. Meyerowitz first came to USC as an associate professor of Psychology with a joint appointment in Preventive Medicine. She has received the Raubenheimer Outstanding Faculty Award from the Dornsife College, as well as a faculty mentoring award and the Distinguished Fellow recognition from the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching. She was previously an assistant and associate professor at Vanderbilt University. While there, she was awarded the Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, an award given to one faculty member per year. She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Meyerowitz is a frequently cited researcher. She has focused much of her scholarly work on psychosocial issues facing individuals diagnosed with chronic illness. For much of her tenure as a researcher she has investigated the distress and disruption associated with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and the factors that aid individuals in coping and adjustment. She has also studied trauma and resilience among survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide.