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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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