About Faculty Affairs
The Office of Faculty Affairs works closely with university leadership and faculty members across the university to advance and promote their important work. In collaboration with colleagues in the schools, Faculty Affairs strives to ensure the continued excellence of Johns Hopkins faculty by enhancing faculty development initiatives, increasing faculty diversity, and building a strong, inclusive, and collaborative faculty community.
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Andrew Douglas assumed the position of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs in July 2019. In this role, Dr. Douglas will be a key contributor to the development and execution of the long-term vision of the Office of the Provost. Specifically, he will work closely with schools across the university to address pressing issues facing our faculty, identify opportunities to increase collaboration, increase faculty diversity, and continue efforts to improve mentorship programs for our junior faculty.
Dr. Douglas earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a master’s and PhD in solid mechanics from Brown University. At Hopkins, he is a past recipient of the William Huggins Award for excellence in teaching and the Dunn Family Award, which recognizes extraordinary impact on the lives of undergraduate students.
His research focuses on soft biological tissues and organs such as the heart and tongue. Current research areas in his lab include the nonlinear mechanics of solids, the mechanical response of compliant biological tissues, finite deformation elasticity, and the static and dynamic fracture of ductile materials.
Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Larry Williams was appointed Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs in April 2017. Larry partners with Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Andrew Douglas, in support of strategic initiatives including: Academic Leadership Programs, Faculty Mentoring and Development, Faculty Diversity, Cross-Divisional Initiatives, Awards and Events, and Communications.
Larry has been a member of the Peabody Institute faculty since 1994. He currently serves on the Chamber Music and Horn Minor faculty in the Conservatory, and is the former Chair of the Preparatory Brass & Winds Department, and Director of the Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Larry was named a Johns Hopkins University Provost’s Fellow in 2016 where he helped advance the Faculty Diversity Initiative (FDI), supported faculty mentoring efforts across the university, and served as a member of the Faculty Diversity Research Committee.
An accomplished musician, Larry has performed with notable musicians: Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Arturo Sandoval, as well as the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and New World Symphony Orchestras. Larry appears on numerous recordings as a soloist, and chamber musician, as well as serving as a featured clinician at conferences, workshops, and festivals across the US and abroad
Larry earned a bachelor’s degree in horn performance, and graduate performance diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Senior Administrative Coordinator
Dual Career Specialist
Heather Andersen joined the Provost’s Office Staff as the Dual Career Specialist in the Office of Faculty Affairs in October 2018.
Heather, and the Faculty Affairs Team, interacts and develops relationships with internal and external stakeholders who can assist with the employment of spouses/partners of JHU university faculty. These stakeholders include university administrators, faculty, and HR and recruitment staff as well as HR and other hiring officials at external employer
Heather joins us from JHU Human Resources where she has served as a Talent Acquisition Consultant since June 2016. As a Talent Acquisition Consultant, Heather has provided consultative recruitment support for University Administration, the School of Education, and the finance vertical. Heather has been responsible for creating and implementing recruitment strategies to regularly present a qualified and diverse candidate pool to her hiring managers in order to meet their short and long-term recruitment goals.
As Dual Career Specialist, Heather is charged with implementing the vision of university leadership in creating and delivering a suite of offerings and programs to support dual career couples across the university. She supports the recruitment and retention of Johns Hopkins faculty and executive staff by providing career resources and employment services to their spouses/partners.
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health, Behavior and Society Roland received his B.S. from Florida A&M University and his M.S. and his Ph.D. from Purdue University. His research focuses on racial and socioeconomic health disparities, particularly among U.S. men.
He serves as the director of the Program for Research on Men’s Health at the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. As a Provost’s Fellow, he will design skills training modules for undergraduate research and develop a mentoring program to train graduate students, postdoctoral students, and faculty in the art of mentoring undergraduate students.
Dr. Sharon Kozachik joined the Office of the Provost in 2018 as a Provost’s Fellow, supporting the work of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In her role as Provost Fellow, she analyzed data from the Gallup and COACHE surveys, and provided substantive writing and analytical support for the development of the Faculty Composition and the Faculty Diversity Initiative Update reports. She presently works to support the Office of Faculty Affairs where she will provide writing and analytical support to the 2019 Faculty Composition report.
Dr. Kozachik is an associate professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She holds a joint appointment in the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center where she provides support for oncology nursing research. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing where she co-chairs the Palliative and End-of-Life Expert Panel, serves as the basic science lead for the NIH-designated Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence in Pain Education, and serves on the Pain Management Committee for the Johns Hopkins Health System. She is an award-winning educator and serves Johns Hopkins as a charter member of the University Council on Learning Assessment, and she serves the greater academy as a site evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
She received her A.D.N. from Lansing Community College, her B.S.N. from the University of Michigan-Flint, her M.S.N. from Michigan State University, and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins.
Eileen R. Carlton Parsons
American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow
Dr. Eileen R. Carlton Parsons is a tenured professor of science education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), where she served as Faculty Chair of the School of Education and has been heavily involved in faculty governance. She has served as an elected member to the University’s Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee, Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, and the Faculty Athletics Committee. Additionally, University leadership has appointed her to key committees (e.g., Graduate School Dean search) and strategic planning task forces (e.g., Evaluation of Services Subgroup for UNC Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes).
She is a former Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar and a past recipient of several prestigious grants funded by the American Educational Research Association, Spencer Foundation, and National Science Foundation. Cultural inclusiveness and equity (generally and racial equity specifically) are central foci of her research which spans grades 6- STEM undergraduate education. Her research and conceptual work are widely published in highly ranked venues in various disciplines. She has also served as associate editor, editor of a special issue, section editor, and on the editorial boards of the top research journals in her field, science education.
During her tenure in 2011-2012 as a science policy fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she led the cross-agency process of developing a theory of action for the underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focus area of the Congress-mandated, five-year strategic plan for STEM Education. She recently served on the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Committee that wrote the consensus report on science investigations and engineering design experiences in grades 6-12. Over the years, she has actively engaged several professional organizations and assisted in developing and implementing strategic initiatives that altered or established new organization-wide directions. She is the incoming President-Elect of NARST, the premier national and international organization for science education research.
Dr. Parsons received her PhD and MS degrees from Cornell University, Ithaca NY and her BS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.