Dan Jaffe began serving in his role as interim executive vice president and provost at The University of Texas at Austin on May 4, 2020. As the university's chief academic officer, he leads strategic planning for the university's academic mission, and ensures academic programs are world-class and aligned with the university's commitment to diversity and equity. These responsibilities include leading academic programs and initiatives across the university’s 18 colleges and schools, which serve more than 51,000 students and support more than 3,000 teaching and research faculty.
In addition, Jaffe oversees UT Austin’s libraries and museums, archival collections, research centers, and academic support units. Working closely with the deans and other academic leaders, Jaffe’ responsibilities also span:
- Research and scholarship activities
- Faculty recruitment, retention, and advancement
- Enrollment and student success
- Resource management and academic space utilization
- Global engagement
- Accreditation and assessment
- Institutional reporting
- Non-residential, continuing education, and online offerings
Previously, Jaffe served as vice president for research and has held the distinguished Jane and Roland Blumberg Professor of Astronomy since 2016. The Office of the Vice President for Research works with the campus to support and expand research capabilities and create new opportunities for collaboration. This includes making it easier for principal investigators to design, pursue, and find funding for projects. Jaffe supervised the creation of three cross-campus interdisciplinary initiatives, including Bridging Barriers, a grand challenge research program that brings together more than 150 researchers from 52 specialties and departments.
Jaffe’s own scholarship focuses on the formation of stars and planetary systems. He is principal investigator for a high-resolution near-infrared spectrometer at UT’s McDonald Observatory, as well as for a high-resolution spectrometer for the Giant Magellan Telescope.
Jaffe earned his undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.
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