Comments Sought through May 31 for Regular Review of Arts & Sciences Dean Meredith Woo

April 03, 2013

It is the policy of the provost to conduct a review of deans and senior administrators prior to taking action on reappointment.

Meredith Woo, dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, is in the fifth year of her deanship. Provost John D. Simon has appointed a committee chaired by Tim Wilson, Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology, to conduct the reappointment review for Dean Woo.

Other members of the review committee are: Liz Varon, John Pepper, Jennifer Tsien, Francesca Fiorani, Matthew Burtner, Brent Gunnoe, Roger Chevalier, Jeff Holt, Lisa Russ Spaar, Jeff Nuechterlein, Tally Sanford, Judy Mitchell, Catherine Sanger, Annie Ungrady, Sam Atkeson, Dr. Marcus Martin and James Hilton.

An important part of the review process is the gathering of opinion from the University’s many constituencies. As such, the review committee is seeking comments about Dean Woo’s performance from members of the U.Va. community. All responses will be treated to preserve anonymity. No comments or observations will be attributed to any individual in any report of the committee. Anonymous comments will not be accepted.

The committee invites U.Va. community members to share their thoughts, preferably by email or letter. Community members should include in their communication the nature of their interactions with Dean Woo so that the committee can understand the context of the comments as fully as possible. The committee will discuss responses, and a summary will be included in the written report to the provost.

The charge to the committee poses several questions to be considered as part of the review, including assessments of the following:

-- strategic leadership of the school, including setting priorities for faculty recruitment, retention and promotion; curricular innovation; and international ventures;

-- demonstrated commitment to diversity;

-- effectiveness in fostering both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and education;

-- effectiveness of communication with faculty and students;

-- administrative competencies, including budgetary development and oversight;

-- relationships with other schools and administrative offices of the University; and

-- effectiveness in fundraising, including more general development activities such as donor and alumni relations.

Send letters or comments by May 31 to:

Tim Wilson (
Department of Psychology
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4400


Raj Seneviratne (
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
P.O. Box 400308

Charlottesville, VA  22904

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