The Provost Fellows Program is designed to address critical strategic initiatives at the university level and develop leadership skills for tenured faculty.

The Provost Fellows program complements the University’s commitment to develop and mentor effective leadership by providing intense and focused experiences in leadership and administrative roles at the senior levels of the institution. Fellows are nominated by their dean and will assume leadership responsibility for a focused project that supports a strategic need of the university. In collaboration with the Provost and Senior Vice Provost, Fellows will develop specific project plans and outcomes to meet the strategic area and further their leadership skills.

The program aims to develop leaders capable of creating a culture supportive of all faculty members and university community and to provide tenured faculty an opportunity to explore the possibility of senior leadership roles and learn about leadership at the university level.

Provost Fellows will have access to a variety of learning experiences, including:

  • Working with Provost’s Office administration and other fellows on in-depth projects;
  • Working with a primary mentor in University administration; and
  • Learning more about campus-wide academic initiatives, strategic planning, budget issues, and challenges in higher education.

Each Fellow will establish a well-defined project in an area of strategic importance to the University. Examples of areas of focus include: connecting faculty excellence and student success; attracting and retaining a more diverse faculty, staff and student community; integration of research and creative activity in undergraduate experience; accreditation and strategic planning; the OSU professoriate, including incentives, evaluation procedures and policies, and valuing teaching and entrepreneurship; enrollment strategies and support; transdisciplinary graduate education; strategic development of academic programs, curriculum innovations and degree pathways; and global education opportunities and impact.

Emily Ho

Dr. Ho is a professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and currently serves as endowed director of the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health, and principal investigator in the Linus Pauling Institute. Her Provost Fellow project will utilize her expertise to develop additional resources and programming that helps create and sustain successful faculty in research and scholarship. Some areas of focus include enhancing faculty onboarding, mentoring and management, and leadership training. Secondly, Dr. Ho is passionate about improving a culture of health across campus – that should include a focus on faculty health and wellness. Mental health is a growing concern across academia that impacts the success of both faculty and students they serve.  In collaboration with other units on campus, Dr. Ho will work to evaluate needs and develop a plan for supporting faculty health and wellness.


Tara Williams

Dr. Williams is associate dean of the Honors College, professor of English, and author of Inventing Womanhood: Gender and Language in Later Middle English Writing (Ohio State University Press, 2011) and Middle English Marvels: Magic, Spectacle, and Morality in the Fourteenth Century (Penn State University Press, 2018).

As a Provost Fellow, she will focus on expanding access to faculty development opportunities. Her project will examine the potential for online modules available on-demand and complemented by in-person sessions or facilitated peer mentor groups. She will also explore opportunities to support the design and delivery of non-credit offerings (including workforce development and continuing education). Finally, she looks forward to contributing to the academic faculty workshop series.