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New Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Johns Hopkins University

June 28, 2011
CONTACT: Tracey Reeves

Lloyd B. Minor, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, sent a broadcast e-mail message to faculty and staff members at The Johns Hopkins University on Thursday, June 23, announcing that Dr. Michela Gallagher would be stepping down as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and that Dr. Barbara Landau would succeed Gallagher in a refocused position as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. Here is the text of that message.

Dear Colleagues,

I write to share with you that after more than three years of exemplary service, Dr. Michela Gallagher will be stepping down as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the end of this month. A world-renowned neuroscientist and former chair of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the Krieger School, Dr. Gallagher will take a year-long sabbatical devoted to her study of the neuroscience of memory loss in the aging — groundbreaking research that could have profound implications in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Michela has been a wonderful colleague and has demonstrated an unfailing commitment to the needs and excellence of faculty across our schools. I am deeply grateful for her leadership and service.

I am pleased to announce that on July 1, Dr. Barbara Landau will succeed Michela in a refocused position as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. Dr. Landau is currently the Dick and Lydia Todd Professor and chair of the Department of Cognitive Science. Her research focuses on the nature, acquisition and development of human knowledge of space and language.

As Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Landau will work closely with the vice deans of faculty and with faculty across the university to advance and promote the important work they do. In concert with her colleagues in the schools, she will concentrate her efforts on ensuring the continued excellence of our faculty by enhancing faculty development initiatives, increasing faculty diversity and improving the quality of faculty life.

Barbara received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and held faculty positions at Columbia University, the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Delaware before moving to Johns Hopkins. In 2009, Landau was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Cognitive Science Society, the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association.

Barbara is a proven scholar and academic leader, and she will be a wonderful addition to the Office of the Provost.

Please join me in thanking Michela for her service and in congratulating Barbara on her new role.


Lloyd B. Minor
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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