Letter to International Students

As we begin fall semester, I want to take time to write to you, our international students. We are glad that you are here, and we are excited by the promise of new experiences that lie ahead.

Bovard Scholars

I just wanted to take a moment to share with you an article detailing a terrific program at USC.

Training to Foster Diversity in Faculty Hiring

It is critical that our faculty population accurately represents the diverse cultural makeup of our Southern California location and includes a range of perspectives that positions us to fulfill our role as a thought leader of global impact on the Pacific Rim.

Joint Provost/Academic Senate Task Force on Sexual Harassment

An extensive report this year from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine illustrates the far-reaching impact of sexual harassment of women working in these fields of academia across the nation.  The report offers a number of key recommendations on how institutions of higher education can effect organizational changes to reduce and prevent cases of harassment. 

2018 Faculty Handbook

We’re writing you about the update of Faculty Handbook policies that the Academic Senate worked with the Office of the Provost to develop during the Spring semester.

Transitions at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

I am pleased to announce that Marilyn L. Flynn, who has served USC for 21 years as dean of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, has accepted the role of Special Advisor in the Office of the Provost, effective July 1, 2018.

Transitions at the USC Neuroscience Graduate Program

Dr. Pat Levitt has shared with us his decision to step down as director of the USC Neuroscience Graduate Program in order to accept a position with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as inaugural Chief Scientific Officer, Vice President, and Director of the Saban Research Institute.

Letter to colleagues

Since becoming provost three years ago, I have been honored to share in your successes, and those of our students.  This is truly a remarkable place.  Unfortunately, I have also witnessed some terrible tragedies, as well as events that have filled me with regret, shame, and frustration.