History of the Office

    In May 2005, the Task Force on Women Faculty and the Task Force on Women in Science and Engineering jointly recommended that a senior position in Harvard's central administration be created to address and support faculty development and faculty diversity at Harvard. The position is the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, and it is currently held by Professor Judith D. Singer, who reports directly to the President and the Provost.

    In September 2005, Harvard University created the Office of Faculty Development & Diversity (FD&D). Conclusions and recommendations from the 2005 Women's Task Forces and the 2003 strategic study of organization in the President and Provost Offices indicated that Harvard required greater capacity within the Provost's Office to provide central leadership and oversight for faculty affairs.