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.

The inaugural cohort of Ivy Plus Provost Leadership Fellows will participate in the 2022-2023 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.

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.