Social Work professor selected for vice provost role

John Wallace, David E. Epperson Endowed Chair in the School of Social Work, has been named vice provost for Faculty Diversity and Development, starting July 1.

Wallace will be one of two internal appointments to fill the role now held by Laurie Kirsch — vice provost for Faculty Affairs, Development and Diversity — from which she is stepping down June 30.

Lu-in Wang, a professor in the School of Law, has been named vice provost for Faculty Affairs earlier this month, effective July 1.

Wallace has conducted research on adolescent problem behaviors, comprehensive community initiatives, social entrepreneurship and the role of faith-based organizations in community revitalization. The University, in selecting Wallace, cited his “expertise in the areas of community organizing, community-based participatory research, health and health disparities, race and diversity and urban neighborhoods.”

He is senior fellow for research and community engagement for the Center on Race and Social Problems and serves on the Pitt Homewood Community Engagement Center Advisory Committee, the Community Organization and Social Administration Committee and the Tenure and Promotion Committee in the School of Social Work, the Plan for Pitt Strategic Planning Committee and the Pittsburgh Task Force on Public Algorithms

In addition to his new role, Wallace will continue his research as an endowed professor in the School of Social Work, with secondary appointments in the Katz Graduate School of Business and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Department of Sociology.

— Marty Levine


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