Faculty Advancement Network

The Faculty Advancement Network (FAN) is a consortium of national research universities, including Penn, collaborating to advance diversity and inclusion in the American professoriate. Leaders in faculty affairs, advancement, development, diversity, and inclusion across twelve institutions work to reimagine the norms, structures, policies, and programs that shape university cultures and the academic workforce.

Joann Mitchell, Senior Vice President for Institutional Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer, and Laura Perna, Vice Provost for Faculty, serve as Penn’s Steering Committee members for the Faculty Advancement Network.

Ivy Plus Provost Leadership Fellows participate in the Institute on Inquiry, Equity and Leadership of the Faculty Advancement Network. The goal of the institute is to prepare faculty leaders with the tools and skills of inquiry needed to lead their respective departments and/or disciplines toward increased diversity, equity, inclusion, and inclusive excellence.

2023 Ivy Plus Provost Leadership Fellows

Margo Natalie Crawford, the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence and professor and chair of English in the School of Arts and Sciences, studies African American literature and visual art and black diasporic cultural movements.

Julie Nelson Davis, a professor and chair of the history of art in the School of Arts and Sciences, specializes in the arts and material cultures of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Japan, with a focus on prints, paintings, and illustrated books.

Chao Guo, a professor of nonprofit management in the School of Social Policy and Practice, researches the intersection between nonprofit and voluntary action and government, especially social entrepreneurship, the contributions of nonprofit organizations to democratic governance, and the effects of new media on nonprofit organizations.

Zachary Ives, the Adani President’s Distinguished Professor and chair of computer and information science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, works on building data science platforms, using techniques at the intersection of databases, machine learning, and distributed systems.

Arjun Yodh, the James M. Skinner Professor and chair of physics and astronomy in the School of Arts and Sciences, studies fundamental and applied questions in condensed matter physics, medical physics, biophysics, and the optical sciences.

Ivy Plus Mellon Leadership Fellow

Vance Byrd, Presidential Associate Professor of German in the School of Arts and Sciences, studies late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German literature, especially how literary and print culture intersect with the history of visual media.

2022 Ivy Plus Provost Leadership Fellows

David L. Goldsby, professor and chair of Earth & environmental science in the School of Arts and Sciences, focuses his research on the flow and fracture of rocks, ice and other planetary materials at the laboratory scale, and how these influence large-scale geodynamic processes, such as the nucleation of earthquakes and the response of ice sheets to a warming climate.

Junhyong Kim, Patricia M. Williams Term Professor and chair of biology in the School of Arts and Sciences, focuses his research at the interface of genomics, computational biology, and evolution. His current research involves developing new single cell technologies and applying single cell assays to understanding the cellular diversity of the female reproductive system, kidney diseases, and cell differentiation processes.

Marisa C. Kozlowski, professor of chemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences, focuses her research on the rational design of new methods and catalysts for use in organic synthesis, the use of high throughput screening and employment of novel computational tools for the discovery and optimization of new reagents and catalysts, and the mechanisms to improve reaction processes and increase understanding of fundamental reaction steps.

Chinedum Osuji, Eduardo D. Glandt Presidential Professor and chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, focuses his research on the structure and dynamics of soft materials and complex fluids with interests in structure-property relationships in ordered soft materials, directed self-assembly of block copolymers and other soft mesophases, nanostructured membranes, and rheology and slow dynamics of disordered systems.

Shu Yang, Joseph Bordogna Professor of Engineering and chair of materials science and engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, focuses her research on innovative materials synthesis, assembly and eco-manufacturing of complex, multi-functional and sustainable materials from soft materials and composites.