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Senior Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Katharine Stewart to Return to Faculty

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Senior Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Katharine Stewart will be stepping down from her position to return to her full-time faculty role as a professor in the Department of Psychology, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Warwick Arden announced today. Her last day as senior vice provost will be June 30, 2024. 

“I want to thank Dr. Stewart for her leadership of the Office for Faculty Excellence as well as within the Provost’s Office more broadly,” said Arden. “She has been a trusted advisor and colleague to me and many others in the Provost’s Office, as well as to countless deans, associate deans, department heads, faculty and staff during her nine years as vice provost and then senior vice provost.”

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Katharine Stewart
Senior Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Katharine Stewart

As Senior Vice Provost, Stewart is responsible for the coordination and oversight of policies related to faculty employment such as promotion, tenure, post-tenure review, scholarly reassignment, distinguished professorships and phased retirement. She also supervises the efforts of the Office for Faculty Excellence, which provides professional development opportunities and support to NC State faculty.

A clinical medical psychologist, Stewart has been a prolific researcher and award-winning teacher and mentor. Prior to joining the university, Stewart was a behavioral health scientist with a 20-year career in health outcomes and HIV prevention research. She was the author or co-author of over 50 publications and the principal or co-principal investigator of grants and contracts totaling over $9 million, with the bulk of her funding from the National Institutes of Health. 

Stewart also taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, receiving awards for both teaching and mentorship. She has also served as a core director or co-director for federally-funded research centers for translational science, health disparities, prevention science and AIDS research.

“I am excited to return to the work that drew me to a career in higher education,” said Stewart. “Collaborating with students and faculty as a scholar, mentor and teacher is a passion of mine. I look forward to continuing my career as part of our exceptional faculty and NC State community.”

Stewart received her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received master’s degrees in public health policy and in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her doctoral degree in clinical medical psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham after the completion of a predoctoral internship with the Department of Psychiatry at UNC – Chapel Hill.

Details regarding the search for a new senior vice provost will be available in the coming weeks.

This post was originally published in Provost's Office News.