Provost Message - June 17, 2016

A Message From the Provost

Dear Faculty and Staff:

When Dr. Craig Wheeland was named as Vice Provost for Academics, I also shared that two new positions were being created to further promote and enhance teaching, research, student learning and student support at Villanova: Associate Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning and Associate Vice Provost of Research.

We embarked an internal search, and many individuals from within our community were nominated and chose to apply. Villanova is blessed to have so many well-qualified faculty willing to serve as university academic administrators, and I am incredibly grateful to our colleagues who chose to apply. Everyone involved in the search has commented on the strength of the candidate pool, their credentials, leadership abilities and strategic ideas.

It is my pleasure to announce the appointments of Dr. Randy Weinstein as the Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Dr. Amanda Grannas as the Associate Vice Provost for Research, both of whom will report to the Vice Provost for Academics and begin their appointments on August 1.

As Associate Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Randy Weinstein will advance and support VITAL, Learning Support Services, Office of Education Abroad, Writing Center, Math Learning Resource Center, the Office of Academic Support for Athletics and the newly created Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA). Dr. Weinstein has been recognized for his excellence in teaching, winning the Innovative Teaching Award in 2008, and being awarded the Christina R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2010. This year, he was recognized by the American Society of Engineering Education with the Corcoran Award for the most outstanding article published in Chemical Engineering Education. He has also published more than 40 papers while at Villanova, the majority of which have had undergraduate co-authors. 

Dr. Weinstein received a BS in Chemical Engineering with high distinction from the University of Virginia in 1993 and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998. He joined the faculty of the Chemical Engineering Department at Villanova University in 1998 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004 and then Professor in 2007. He served as the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering for five years and as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering since 2012. 

As Associate Vice Provost of Research, Dr. Amanda Grannas will advance and support faculty and student research, the Office of Research Administration (ORA) and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF). Dr. Grannas has a diverse range of academic expertise, and her recent projects include the study of snow and ice photochemistry, the fate of pharmaceutical products in local watershed and the development of advanced analytical techniques used to study ice cores. She is an internationally renowned expert in snow chemistry and has participated in a number of field studies with Villanova students in both the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic. Her research has been supported by the EPA, NSF, NOAA and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Dr. Grannas’ previous honors include a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation, and being one of seven faculty nationwide recognized in 2013 as a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

Dr. Grannas, who currently serves as Professor of Chemistry, completed her BS in Chemistry and Math at Juniata College in 1998. She received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Purdue University in 2002. Following graduate work, she was a postdoctoral scholar at The Ohio State University with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Geological Sciences. Since joining the Villanova faculty in 2005, Dr. Grannas has established a thriving research group focused on environmental and atmospheric chemistry and has mentored more than 40 research students. 

I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the members of the two search committees and to Vice Provost Craig Wheeland, who chaired both searches. Your time, input and contributions throughout the process were invaluable and I am extremely grateful.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Weinstein, Dr. Grannas and the search committee on this outstanding outcome!

Warm regards,


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Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD
Provost
Villanova University



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