As Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Robert Granfield is the senior executive officer responsible to the Provost for all matters pertaining to UB’s faculty. He and his staff help facilitate a culture of faculty excellence at the university in the areas of research, teaching, and service. The primary duties of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs include coordinating the university’s promotion and tenure process; welcoming and orienting new faculty to UB; assisting deans, department chairs, and faculty with issues associated with hiring and retention; building programs to orient new department chairs and improve their management skills; facilitating the nomination process for national, internal, and SUNY awards; and partnering with the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence to develop proactive strategies for enhancing faculty diversity.
It gives me great pleasure to announce that, as of January 5, 2022, Dr. Maria Almanza has joined the Office of Faculty Affairs as our new Director of Faculty Recognition. In support of UB’s goal to increase the number of prestigious national and international awards received by faculty, the director is responsible for working with faculty, staff and academic leaders to identify, support and manage faculty award nominations. Click here to read the full announcement.
Together with other colleges and universities in the Mid- American Conference (MAC) the Univeristy at Buffalo participates in the Academic Leadership Program (ALDP). The mission of the MAC ALDP is to identify, develop, prepare and advance faculty as academic leaders in the Mid-American Conference universities. The program provides an opportunity for University at Buffalo faculty to gain valuable knowledge and experience in academic leadership by working closely with select administrators from other colleges and universities in the MAC. To learn more about the MAC ALDP, visit here.
Thikriat Al-Jewair, DDS
Graduate Program Director
Assistant Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Orthodontics and EDI
School of Dental Medicine
Nathan Daun-Barnett, PhD
Educational Leadership and Policy
Graduate School of Education
Non-tenure track faculty in qualified ranks at UB play vital roles in support of the university’s mission as clinical, research, and teaching faculty. To provide important input to the focus and efforts of the Office of Faculty Affairs in supporting faculty engagement, professional development, and faculty success, the vice provost has convened an Advisory Council consisting of non-tenure track faculty representing different schools across UB.
The mission of this council is to advise the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and to give input on all matters that are relevant to the work, satisfaction, and institutional support of UB faculty in qualified ranks. Topics for consultation of the council include departmental integration, mentoring, access to resources, opportunities for development, promotion, and growth, as well as current and future trends in higher education that may specifically or strongly affect non-tenure track faculty. Depending on the issue at hand, the council will offer perspectives, feedback or suggestions that will guide the Office of Faculty Affairs in strategic planning and in discussions with senior and unit leadership on policy, practices, and development of new initiatives.
The application deadline for most awards is September 15. The next cycle of the US Scholar Awards competition for the academic year 2023-2024 will open in February 2022.