Our Team

    Judith D. Singer, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and James Bryant Conant Professor of Education at Harvard University

    As Senior Vice Provost, Singer works closely with the President and Provost on critical issues of faculty development and diversity across the University, addressing the need for more systematic review and analysis of appointments, with an eye to ensuring greater excellence and diversity in faculty ranks. She serves as a key adviser in the ad hoc tenure process, chairs the Provost’s Review Committee on Faculty Appointments, and oversees the administration of funds designated to facilitate the appointment of outstanding scholars who increase the faculty’s diversity. She is a member of the Council of Deans, which includes the Deans of the faculties, the President, and the Provost.  To learn more about Judy Singer, please see her full profile.


    Elizabeth Ancarana, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity

    Elizabeth works closely with senior academic leaders, deans, department chairs, and faculty across Harvard to improve results for the recruitment, retention, development, and promotion of an excellent and diverse faculty in all departments and all fields.  She works with deans and faculty leaders to guide institutional policies and practices in all areas of faculty affairs, including the search process, recruitment and retention, professional development, academic diversity, dual-career matters, and work-life initiatives.  Prior to joining the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity, Elizabeth served for a decade as Assistant Dean for Faculty Development in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at Harvard where she supported faculty recruitment at all levels.  She plays a leadership role in the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) on both a national and regional level and is an active member of the International Higher Education Dual Career Association (IHEDCA) and the College and University Work-Family Association (CUFWA).  She is a graduate of Boston College, with a B.A. in French Language and Literature and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration.  She has also completed graduate work in Spanish Language and Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth_ancarana@harvard.edu.


    Elizabeth Knoll, Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments

    Elizabeth joined the Office in March of 2014, to work with the senior administration and deans across the University on faculty appointments and processes. She oversees the review of all faculty appointments, serves on the Provost's Appointments Review Committee, and develops and implements projects to improve Harvard's faculty searches and its processes of promotion and tenure review. Before joining FD&D, she was Executive Editor-at-Large at Harvard University Press, where over the course of seventeen years she created a widely praised and influential list of books on teaching, learning, and current social forces in higher education, and strengthened the Press’s lists in law and behavioral sciences. She has also been a science editor at W. H. Freeman, the University of California Press, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge in history and philosophy of science, and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in Comparative Literature. Elizabeth can be reached at Elizabeth_knoll@harvard.edu.


    Julia Weng, Senior Project Manager

    Julia designs and implements University-wide projects and programs in the many areas of faculty affairs. She oversees the technical, analytical, and administrative functions of the Office, partnering with stakeholders across the University to develop consensus on systems for hiring and promoting faculty and other academic positions. Prior to joining FD&D, Julia served for 10 years in Harvard’s central IT organization, supporting the planning and execution of University-wide initiatives. Before Harvard, Julia was a senior manager for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, one of the world’s largest professional services and consulting companies. She has an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Communications from Boston University. Julia can be reached at julia_weng@harvard.edu.


    Robyn Mukherjee, Project Manager

    Ms. Mukherjee joined the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity in June of 2014. Prior to her work with FD&D, Ms. Mukherjee was the Manager, Research Administration for four years and a Research Computing Specialist before that at Harvard Business School. During that time she managed projects and resources available to faculty such as the creation of a new survey tool, upgrading the high performance computing infrastructure, faculty consultations and training for the research information system that feeds their online profiles, and the tracking of a portion of faculty research budgets. She has a M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Springfield College and a B.A. in Psychology from Stonehill College. Ms. Mukherjee may be contacted at robyn_mukherjee@harvard.edu.


    Roba Khorshid, Senior Program and Events Coordinator

    Ms. Khorshid joined The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity in April 2010, as the Administrative Coordinator. Ms. Khorshid comes to Harvard from the British Council in Cairo, Egypt where she was a project assistant in the Arts Unit. She has a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the American University in Cairo. Ms. Khorshid may be contacted at roba_khorshid@harvard.edu.



    Jill Larson, Project Coordinator

    Ms. Larson joined the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity in December 2009 as a Project Coordinator. Prior to her work with FD&D, Ms. Larson coordinated corporate social responsibility programs for Global Vision International (GVI). Jill earned a BS in Foundations of Education at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Larson may be contacted at jill_larson@harvard.edu.