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Vivian Lewis Leads University of Rochester's Faculty Development and Diversity Initiatives

Vivian Lewis, M.D. was named deputy to the president and vice provost for faculty development and diversity at the University of Rochester on July 1, 2010. 

Lewis assists deans and department chairs in identifying, recruiting, and retaining faculty that increase the diversity of the University's schools and departments and helps advance the University's diversity efforts through a variety of programming initiatives. Such initiatives include creating programs to support faculty mentoring needs and helping ensure that the professional climate promotes success.

Lewis was previously the associate dean for faculty development for women and diversity at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she also has been a professor of obstetrics and gynecology since 1991.

"Vivian's substantial experience in faculty mentoring and development and her research on gender, racial, and ethnic diversity in the professions position her to make an even broader impact for the University as a whole," Provost Ralph Kuncl said.

In the last year, Lewis has drawn on her experience as a member of the University Faculty Diversity Officers Committee to spearhead several initiatives, including leading two University-wide diversity conferences. She also chaired the awards committee for the University of Rochester Presidential Diversity Awards.

"Vivian understands the complex elements and challenges of attracting and retaining a diverse faculty and she has the ability to offer strategies for addressing those challenges," said Paul Burgett, University Vice President and General Secretary.

Lewis earned her bachelor's degree from Harvard College, received her medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed her residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is the member of several professional societies. Her research has concentrated on reproductive endocrinology, infertility, menopause, and hormone therapy. Lewis also was a two-term member of the advisory committee on reproductive health drugs for the Food and Drug Administration.

"Vivian is a deeply thoughtful person whose quiet strength is readily apparent in her eager engagement in the sometimes intense dialogues inherent in discussions about diversity," Burgett said.

June 2011





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