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College Administration

21 Professors Will Advise Smith in College Dean Search

The new committee is tasked with combing through a list of recommended candidates solicited from faculty members, narrowing the roster of candidates, and, ultimately, consulting with the FAS Dean on finalists for the position.

Student Life

Freshman Survey Part IV: Sex, Drugs, and MacBook Pros

They scored well on the SATs, but it appears Harvard freshmen aren't quite as good at scoring in bed.


Turning Up The Volume

In a year when the balance of power has tipped decidedly toward administrators, faculty largely agree: the forums available for faculty voice are not working as they should.

Central Administration

The Rise of HPAC: Multimedia Feature

Five years after consolidating its public relations team into Harvard Public Affairs and Communications, the explosive growth of that office has some questioning its purpose.


Hammonds's Exit Made Official

Evelynn M. Hammonds will step down as the Dean of Harvard College on July 1, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith announced in an email to the Harvard community today, ending nearly two months of speculation about the embattled dean’s future.


Beset by Crises, Hammonds Sought To Protect

With Hammonds’s five-year tenure drawing to a close this summer, students and faculty say that this strong commitment to safeguarding her students was often impeded by unforeseen crises and administrative shortcomings. The dean who cared so much about protecting students, they say, could not get the job done.


58 Professors Sign Letter Calling for Faculty Oversight of edX

Fifty-eight professors from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences requested in a letter Thursday to FAS Dean Michael D. Smith that he appoint a faculty committee to draft “ethical and educational principles” that would provide a framework for FAS engagement with HarvardX, the University’s curricular contributions to edX.

College Administration

Evelynn Hammonds Expected To End Tenure as Dean of the College This Summer

Evelynn M. Hammonds has been in negotiations about a possible departure from her position as Dean of Harvard College and is expected not to return to the post in the fall, a person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed Friday.


Simmons Resigns in Protest

More than a month after stepping down as head of Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in protest of a Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ financial policy, government professor Beth A. Simmons said that top FAS deans have not formally acknowledged her resignation.

Ed School

Murnane Appointed Interim Dean of Ed School

Richard J. Murnane, a professor known for his research on the intersection of economics and education, has been named acting dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, University President Drew G. Faust announced Thursday.

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FAS Administration

At Meeting, Faculty Question Relationship With Administrators

In an hour-long discussion that touched on a variety of topics ranging from the expansion of HarvardX to development in Allston, frustrated professors questioned the consultative mechanisms currently in place and the degree to which administrators are willing to listen to the faculty.


Final Faculty Meeting To Focus on Relationship Between Administrators and Faculty

At the end of a year marked by several high-profile top-down administrative decisions, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences will dedicate a large portion of its final monthly meeting Tuesday to a broad discussion of its relationship with administrators.


With President's Charge, Email Policy Group Meets for the First Time

A task force of 16 professors and deans pulled from nearly all of the University’s schools convened for the first time Monday to begin its task of reviewing existing University email privacy policies and recommending new ones.

Central Administration

Smith and Hammonds Express Regret, But Reaffirm Justification Behind Email Searches

In an interview with The Crimson last week, Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith expressed regret over the handling of the search of Harvard resident deans’ email accounts.


Anticipating Capital Campaign, FAS Sets Priorities

When Harvard’s capital campaign goes public later this year, the University is expected to formally unveil a handful of ambitious—and abstract—goals for which they will solicit billions of dollars in gifts.