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A message about Harvard Athletics

April 4, 2019
Dear Members of the FAS Community,
 
I write to you today in my role as the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which oversees Harvard Athletics.
 
On Monday, Harvard was made aware of allegations involving Peter Brand, our head fencing coach. Specifically, it is alleged that he conducted real estate and non-profit transactions that involved the family of a current and a former student-athlete. We are now moving quickly to learn more about these claims through an independent review.
 
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Welcome back!

January 28, 2019

Dear FAS community,

It is my pleasure to welcome you back for the start of the spring semester!  I hope you’re returning to campus feeling rested, renewed, and ready for the excitement that spring term will bring. 

My first six months as dean of the FAS have been an eye-opening journey of discovery, as I’ve continued to learn new and inspiring things about the place I’ve long called my academic home. While touring the next House slated to undergo renewal, I discovered the Adams House tunnel, where generations of students have left their mark through...

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Title IX

December 6, 2018
Dear Members of the FAS community,
 
President Bacow’s message today responding to the new Title IX rules proposed by the U.S. Department of Education was an important reminder of the strength of our shared values and the progress we have made in our work to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based harassment and discrimination. From my conversations with faculty, staff, and students... Read more about Title IX

Dean of Science

November 29, 2018
Dear colleagues,
 
I am thrilled to announce that Chris Stubbs, the Samuel C. Moncher Professor of Physics and of Astronomy, has agreed to serve as Dean of Science, effective immediately. Dean Stubbs has been serving as the Interim Dean of Science since June of this year. In this role Chris has principal responsibility for all academic, financial, and space planning needs across the Science division, in partnership with the departments and centers, and advises me on a broad range of policy and resource issues as a member of the Academic Planning Group.
 
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Welcome Back!

August 27, 2018
Dear FAS Community,
 
It is a pleasure to welcome you back to Harvard for the start of a new academic year, and to do so in my first message as Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
 
Fall is a season of new beginnings: First-year students in the College are moving into their dorms; G1s are participating in orientation; new faculty are settling into their offices, labs, and studios. Their arrival offers our whole community an opportunity for renewal, and reminds us again of the power of new ideas and new perspectives to push us all forward in our work... Read more about Welcome Back!
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Arts and Sciences Professors

April 3, 2018

Dear Colleagues, 

It’s with great excitement that I write to announce the appointment of four exceptional faculty members as Arts and Sciences Professors. Established in 2012, the Arts and Sciences Professorship is the highest honor conferred by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) recognizing excellence in leadership, teaching, and scholarly achievement among our faculty. Awarded by the Dean of the FAS, Arts and Sciences Professorships honor tenured scholars who have engaged in important groundbreaking research and outstanding teaching. These rotating five-year...

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Inclusion and Belonging Brochure

FAS efforts on Inclusion and Belonging

March 29, 2018

Dear Members of the FAS Community,

I hope that you have had a chance to read the report from the Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging that President Faust shared earlier this week. The Task Force did thoughtful and thorough consultation, engaging each of Harvard’s Schools to learn from all their many programs and approaches, structures and committees, challenges and successes. Their report speaks eloquently to what we have long known to be true: that academic excellence requires diversity—of perspectives, methods, and experiences. It also requires an environment characterized by the free exchange of ideas. These principles are fundamentally linked and mutually reinforcing.

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Dean Mike Smith

A personal announcement from Dean Smith

March 19, 2018

Dear members of the FAS community,

 

It is with a profound sense of gratitude for the opportunity to have served the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that I write today to inform you of my decision to step down as dean. While I am genuinely excited by the promise of incoming President Bacow’s tenure, after more than a decade serving the FAS, I am very much looking forward to returning to the classroom and...

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