Denise Anthony Named Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives


Sociology Professor Denise Anthony has accepted a four-year appointment as vice provost for academic initiatives, beginning October 1, announced Provost Carolyn Dever.

Denise Anthony, professor and past chair of the Department of Sociology, leads a class in Fairchild Hall. Anthony is the new vice provost for academic initiatives. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

As vice provost, Anthony is responsible for a broad portfolio of activities that support and advance academic excellence throughout Dartmouth. Her work will focus on faculty development, recruitment, and retention, with a strong emphasis on developing programs and partnerships to build faculty diversity. She will also be responsible for the oversight of several operational units and their projects, including the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), international programs and initiatives, and the Ethics Institute.

“I am delighted that Denise has agreed to join the senior leadership team in the Office of the Provost as we advance many important initiatives, including the Society of Fellows, the faculty cluster-hiring process, digital learning, and entrepreneurship and innovation, to name but a few,” says Dever.

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Anthony joins a team that includes Martin Wybourne, who has agreed to remain in the provost’s office as senior vice provost for research, overseeing the complex research enterprise at Dartmouth and developing programs to support faculty research and scholarship. Wybourne, the Francis and Mildred Sears Professor of Physics, will also continue to oversee the transition of the Tucker Foundation as well as a range of special projects. Also in the office is Professor of Engineering Tillman Gerngross, associate provost for entrepreneurship and technology transfer, who will continue to oversee Dartmouth’s widespread efforts in innovation.

The office also includes senior leadership team members Martha Austin as executive officer, with primary responsibility for the daily operations and oversight of the division, and Mary-Ella Zietz, assistant provost for fiscal operations and director of the Provost/Dean of the College Finance Center. This summer, the office welcomed Alicia Betsinger as associate provost for institutional research and Heather Lindkvist as Title IX coordinator.

“I very much look forward to working in the months and years ahead with this excellent team in place,” says Dever.

Anthony joined the faculty in 1999, coming from the University of Michigan, where she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy. At Dartmouth, she has served as sociology department chair from 2007 to 2011, and holds adjunct appointments at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI) and in community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine.

From 2008-2013, she was research director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) and served as chair of the faculty advisory committee for the College’s recent strategic planning process.

Anthony’s research explores issues of cooperation, trust, and privacy in settings from health care delivery to micro-credit borrowing groups to online groups such as Wikipedia and Her current work focuses on the use of information technology in health care, including effects on quality, on the organization of health care, and on the implications for the privacy and security of protected health information.

She has received research grants from the National Science Foundation and other organizations and has been published in sociology, health policy, and computer science journals, including the American Sociological Review, Social Science and Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, and IEEE Pervasive Computing.

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