Anthony to Leave Role as Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives

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Denise Anthony, a professor of sociology, says the change allows her to return to full-time teaching.

Denise Anthony
“I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so many colleagues across Dartmouth and to learn how committed our faculty and staff are to academic excellence,” says Denise Anthony. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00) 

After three years as vice provost for academic initiatives, Denise Anthony will return to teaching and research as a professor of sociology.

Anthony has been responsible for a broad portfolio of work focusing on supporting and advancing academic excellence throughout the institution, including oversight of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, the Ethics Institute, the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, and other international programs and initiatives. She has also played a key role in strengthening the faculty, initiating programs and partnerships to promote faculty diversity, development, and inclusion across the institution.

“I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so many colleagues across Dartmouth and to learn how committed our faculty and staff are to academic excellence,” says Anthony. “But I really love my teaching and research, and I’m looking forward to getting back to both full time.”

Anthony will continue serving as vice provost through the end of June.

Provost Carolyn Dever says Anthony has accomplished much as a member of the Office of the Provost’s senior leadership team.

“Denise has been a tremendous partner in advancing Dartmouth’s academic vision,” Dever said. “Her rigorous, methodical approach and her commitment to attracting and retaining the best, most diverse faculty possible have laid the groundwork for the progress we hope to make going forward.”

Anthony has played a lead role in the Inclusive Excellence initiative, launched last year to foster greater diversity among faculty, staff, and students and build tangible steps to create a more inclusive community.

“By following the Inclusive Excellence action plan, Dartmouth has the potential to make real and important changes that will strengthen the faculty and the institution for decades to come. It was one of the most important initiatives I worked on in the Office of the Provost,” Anthony says.

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 served as sociology department chair from 2007 to 2011, and holds adjunct appointments at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and in community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine. From 2008 to 2013, she was research director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society.

Her research explores issues of cooperation, trust, and privacy in settings from health care delivery to microcredit borrowing groups to online groups such as Wikipedia and Her current work explores the sociological aspects of privacy, particularly as they relate to new information and communication technologies. She also studies the use of information technology in health care, including the effects on quality and organization of health care and the implications for privacy in health care delivery.

The College will announce plans for organization of the provost’s office, and a process for replacing Anthony, this summer.

Susan J. Boutwell