Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui began his role as the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education in July 2019 after serving as the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Academic Affairs for four years. A faculty member at Rutgers since 1997, Professor Sifuentes-Jáuregui was previously Chair of the Department of American Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, where he also served as Undergraduate Director of the Program in Comparative Literature. Vice Provost Sifuentes-Jáuregui has been the recipient of a number of high honors and awards, including the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the School of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He has been a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Research on Women and the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, as well as Project Director and co-PI of the Ford Foundation grant, "Writers at the Border: Civic Implications of Latino/a Notions of Border-Crossing."
As Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Professor Sifuentes-Jáuregui is responsible for ensuring that Rutgers–New Brunswick maintains its strength in traditional undergraduate education, while developing new models that integrate classroom education with experiential learning, and that anticipate and prepare students for the world to come. Together with members of the Provost team, he co-directs signature academic support programs like the Byrne Seminars, as well as the Office of Distinguished Fellowships and the Rutgers Learning Centers.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
James (Jimmy) Swenson began his role as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs in January 2019. Jimmy is an Associate Professor in the Department of French in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS). Previously, Vice Provost Swenson served as Dean of Humanities in the School of Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Department of French. As Dean of Humanities, Jimmy oversaw several nationally ranked academic programs, worked with an extraordinary group of diverse scholars, managed 16 departments and a number of centers, programs, and other units. Vice Provost Swenson brings a wealth of knowledge regarding academic affairs and the pursuit of academic excellence.
As Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Dr. Swenson is responsible for supporting the provost in all areas related to academic affairs and innovation including academic program development, approval, and review; development and oversight of academic policies and procedures in collaboration with the Provost and Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; and building the academic infrastructure at Rutgers–New Brunswick to support academic excellence across 13 academic units as well as the Douglass Residential College, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers Honors College, Institute for Women’s Leadership, and Zimmerli Art Museum. Vice Provost Swenson provides leadership for high-quality academic programming, effective teaching and learning, effective academic assessment, and academic program review and evaluation processes.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Humanities and Art
Henry S. Turner, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Humanities and Arts, reports to the Provost and brings more than two decades of commitment to humanities scholarship that weaves together the enduring questions of literature, art, history, and philosophy with the conceptual richness of science, technology, and mathematics.
In his role as AVCR-HA, Professor Turner will work closely with the leadership of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Mason Gross School of the Arts, with the directors of research centers and institutes, and with the faculty in New Brunswick to strengthen, support, and promote ongoing distinction in the humanities and arts at Rutgers. His office will identify emerging areas of inquiry and incubate the new institutional forms that can support them, especially in the Medical Humanities, the Digital Humanities, the Environmental Humanities, and the Public Humanities.
Strategic project development forums will align faculty research with fellowships and foundation grants and build collaborative networks both at Rutgers and with other national and international universities. By sponsoring lectures, conversations, and symposia at Rutgers as well as in the greater New Jersey/New York area, the office of the AVCR-HA will build bridges between the humanities, arts, humanistic social sciences, and natural sciences to share methods for idea creation, analysis, and argument and to identify transdisciplinary problems that can only be addressed through large-scale collaboration and comparative approaches.
Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Education
Dr. Sunita Kramer joined the Office of the Provost in January 2019, after serving four years as the founding Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Honors College where she created and implemented the core academic vision of the college. Before joining the Honors College, Dr. Kramer was an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where her laboratory focused on the role of cell guidance molecules during early heart development. In 2005, she was awarded the Compact for Faculty Diversity Mentor of the Year Award for her commitment to diversity education. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Kramer earned a B.A. in biology from Franklin and Marshall College and a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from Stony Brook University.
As Assistant Vice Provost, Dr. Kramer provides leadership for the Aresty Research Center and oversight for campus undergraduate-level research and innovation activities across New Brunswick. She works with academic units to coordinate and develop new avenues for undergraduate research, including the incorporation of experiential research activities into the academic curriculum, developing grant proposals, and working with corporate partners to expand engaged learning opportunities. Dr. Kramer brings a demonstrated commitment to effective undergraduate teaching and learning as well as significant expertise in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and supports the design of inclusive learning environments that bring together students, faculty, and external university partners to encourage creative inquiry.
Senior Program Director for Research Ideation and Innovation
Dr. Marika Dunn joined the Office of Research and Innovation in August 2018, bringing with her a deep background in fostering interdisciplinary research collaborations. Before returning to Rutgers, Dr. Dunn spent several years at the Social Science Research Council, where she oversaw the Dissertation Proposal Development Program and advised on other Council initiatives. At SSRC, she was the primary liaison to faculty and university administrators involved with the DPD Program, directing its national graduate student fellowship competition and proposal development workshops. Previously, she managed legal advocacy programs at the American Association of University Women. Dr. Dunn holds a B.A. from Hampshire College and a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers–New Brunswick.
As Senior Program Director in the Office of Research and Innovation, Dr. Dunn is responsible for supporting the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Research and Academic Affairs in the planning and oversight of strategic research initiatives across campuses at Rutgers–New Brunswick. She develops ideation programming, workshops, and seed funding opportunities to facilitate new collaborations among faculty across disciplines and schools, working closely with each school’s research deans as well as staff at the Office of Research and Economic Development, the Rutgers University Foundation, and the Corporate Engagement Center. Dr. Dunn also oversees project management for select large-scale external funding opportunities and review processes for New Brunswick limited submissions.