Andrew Webber named new vice provost for graduate education

June 12, 2013

Arizona State University professor of molecular and cellular biosciences Andrew Webber has been named vice provost for graduate education. He was previously associate vice provost for graduate support programs in the Graduate College.

As vice provost for graduate education, Webber will provide central leadership, in collaboration with the other deans, to foster the highest level of excellence and diversity in ASU’s graduate programs. He will be responsible for making recommendations on new curricular programs and also will assist the deans and the provost in all issues connected to graduate students from admissions through graduation. Andrew Webber Download Full Image

“Professor Webber has proven himself as an academic leader in the graduate college, as well as in the School of Life Sciences,” said ASU Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth D. Phillips. “He has provided exceptional service to the university and is the perfect person to work with the units in establishing and maintaining superb graduate programs.”

As associate vice provost, a position he held since 2007, Webber was responsible for oversight of graduate support initiatives, including university block grants, research and dissertation fellowships, academic program reviews and accreditation, center and institute reviews, and graduate diversity initiatives.

Previously, Webber served as associate dean of the Division of Graduate Studies, director of the Center for the Study of Early Events in Photosynthesis and associate director for the School of Life Sciences. 

“It is an honor to have this opportunity to continue to serve ASU's graduate students as vice provost. I sincerely look forward to working with our outstanding faculty and staff as we continue to advance graduate education at ASU,” Webber said.

Webber has been a member of several National Science Foundation and United States Department of Agriculture grant review panels, and currently serves as associate editor for the international journals, Photosynthesis Research and PLoS One.

Webber’s research in the School of Life Sciences focuses on the molecular mechanisms of photosynthetic energy transduction and chloroplast development. A long-standing project has focused on understanding relationships between protein structure and function in photosynthetic systems. In particular, his students have investigated control of energy and electron transfer pathways in photosynthetic organisms using a range of molecular and biophysical approaches. 

Webber received his bachelor's in biological chemistry and his doctorate in biology from the University of Essex, Colchester, UK.

Sharon Keeler

Free workshops offer professional development opportunities

June 12, 2013

Did you know that free professional development workshops are available to the ASU community? The Leadership and Workforce Development Group within the ASU Office of Human Resources offers these free courses at the University Services Building on the Tempe campus. Currently scheduled sessions, most of which last two hours, begin June 25 and cover four main topic areas: communication, effectiveness, management and interpersonal skills.

The communication skills track currently includes five different workshops, ranging from learning how to be an active listener to perfecting the art of having conversations that solve problems and preserve good working relationships. Download Full Image

Another popular series of three workshops offered this summer will teach you effective presentation skills. These workshops are based on the highly regarded 2012 book, "Presenting with Credibility," by Bruna Martinuzzi, president of Clarion Enterprises Ltd., a company that offers leadership and presentation skills training.

The LWD Group also offers consulting or department-specific workshops by special request. Any workshop also can be customized or abbreviated for presentation to a department at its offices.

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