October 31, 2017
I am pleased to share with you that, effective November 1, Ted Gordon will join the provost’s office as vice provost for diversity. Ted is currently chair of the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies in the College of Liberal Arts, a role in which he will continue through July 31, 2018.
As vice provost for diversity, Ted’s primary responsibility will be to promote diversity among the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin. He will work closely with Janet Dukerich, senior vice provost for faculty affairs, to enhance and grow our diversity-related faculty recruitment and retention efforts. He will work with diversity, equity, and inclusion committees in the colleges and schools in order to better support the aspirations outlined in their diversity plans. In addition, he will coordinate implementation and evaluation of provost’s office initiatives and areas of responsibility in the University Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (UDIAP).
Ted will also work closely with Rachelle Hernandez, senior vice provost for enrollment management, and Mark Smith, dean of the Graduate School and senior vice provost for academic affairs, to better support their efforts at enhancing undergraduate and graduate student diversity.
Ted has been a consistent voice and advocate for faculty and underrepresented minorities for many years on this campus. Since coming to UT Austin in 1988, he has served in numerous administrative and advisory roles. Most recently, he served as associate vice president in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), and before that as director for the Center for African and African American Studies. His scholarly interests include culture and power in the African diaspora, gender studies, critical race theory, race education, and the racial economy of space and resources.
Ensuring that we make progress and bring greater intentionality to diversity efforts at UT is very important to me and a major priority of our office. Ted’s leadership in this role will allow us to remain focused on the important work ahead, and I look forward to working with him.
Please join me in welcoming Ted to the provost’s office and to this important role.
Executive Vice President and Provost
The University of Texas at Austin