Provost’s Fellows Program


The Provost’s Fellows Program provides academic leadership experience in key central administrative roles for faculty and administrative staff at the Johns Hopkins University.  Each Fellow studies in depth an issue of strategic importance to the university and prepares for the Provost a set of recommendations for implementation.

Program Background

Through the early years of career development, faculty members at research institutions pursue individual research, participate in teaching and service activities, and engage in cross-disciplinary scholarly activities.  Yet, in all of these experiences, there are few focused learning opportunities that center on the development of leadership skills.  Therefore, newly appointed leaders often find that they must acquire deeper knowledge of the institution, of the higher education system, and of leadership and management skills at precisely the time they are asked to perform and succeed in their new role.

The Provost’s Fellows Program began at Johns Hopkins University in 2011 in order to provide an opportunity for administrative leadership development.  Fellows are chosen based on their experience, interest, and aptitude for academic leadership.  The program places these highly talented, high-potential faculty members in central leadership and administrative positions.  In close collaboration with Vice Provosts, Fellows develop projects that enhance the academic mission of the university. Fellows also participate in activities within the Provost’s Office, serve on committees and task forces sponsored by the Provost, and serve as representatives of the Provost’s Office as they work on related activities.  The typical Fellow position is for one or two years with 20% FTE appointments. 

Current Fellows: 

ARUNA CHANDRAN (2016 – Present)
Associate Scientist
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Departments of Epidemiology and International Health

Aruna earned both her master’s degree of public health and her medical degree at Johns Hopkins. She is coordinating the technical aspects of projects aiming to improve the public health and preventive medicine infrastructure in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, as well as serving as part of the evaluation team of two large HIV prevention and care demonstration projects being coordinated by the Baltimore City Health Department. As a Provost’s Fellow, Aruna will concentrate on the campus community and diversity. 

SHERRI B. FLAKS (2016 – Present)
Director of Enterprise Data and Analysis
Johns Hopkins IT@JH Enterprise Business Solutions

A graduate of the University of Maryland and the former applications security director and advanced senior information technology auditor, Sherri will tackle management reporting and analytics during her time as a Provost’s Fellow.

IRA GOODING (2016 – Present)
Manager of the Open Education Lab
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Center for Teaching and Learning

Ira, who earned a graduate degree in English language and literature from the University of Maryland, has served Johns Hopkins for roughly 10 years in a number of roles, including as Public Health’s open educational resources coordinator and the Massive Open Online Course administrator for the Data Science Lab in the Department of Biostatistics. As a Provost’s Fellow, he will draw on his extensive experience in the field of MOOCs to investigate ways to expand and improve digital education.

Previous Fellows: 

RICHARD BROWN (2016 – 2016)
Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics

Richard, who earned his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Maryland, has been with Hopkins since 2005. His research interests included Hamiltonian dynamical systems, surface mapping class groups, among other subjects. During his time as a fellow, he will focus on undergraduate and graduate education.

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Research
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Jennifer will focus on developing mentoring programs across the University. Working with the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, and guided by the Mentoring Principles developed within the Provost Office, Jennifer will work with Vice Deans for faculty across the university to further define the division-specific mentoring needs and develop appropriate programs. It is expected that time will also be devoted to the special mentoring needs of underrepresented faculty members. 

ANDREW TALLE (2013-2016)
Gilman Scholar & Musicology Faculty Member
Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory of Music

Andrew is exploring the possibility of a cross-divisional initiatives based in the humanities, working in consultation with relevant faculty and deans. He is also gathering data on and assessing similar initiatives at our peer institutions.  

CHARLES LIMB (2011-2015)
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory of Music

Charles collaborated on the Provost’s Project for Innovation, identifying, highlighting and fostering innovation within the university. Charles profiled Johns Hopkins faculty on discovery’s frontline, featuring wide-ranging conversations with innovative thinkers from every division.  To this end, the concept of innovation is approached broadly through each of the divisions, and with a diverse group of faculty members whose work demonstrates an extraordinary degree of creativity.

After the Fellowship: Charles was appointed the Francis Sooy Professor and Chief of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.  Charles is the Director of the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center, and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery.

KELLY GEBO (2011-2013)

Professor of Medicine and Director of Undergraduate Public Health Studies
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine & Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Kelly worked on the JUMP initiative, a program to improve undergraduate retention rates, and the transition between freshman and sophomore year particularly among students majoring in the sciences.   She also participated in the University initiative to review the undergraduate science curriculum in response to the recent AAMC changes in the MCAT.

After the Fellowship: From 2013-2014, Kelly was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Kelly was then named the first Vice Provost for Education at Johns Hopkins University. In this role, she is providing leadership and accountability for the administration, development, assessment, and improvement of programs, policies, and services supporting the university’s educational mission and strategic plan. 

SEAN FAHEY (2011-2012)

DHS Programs Manager, Applied Information Sciences Department
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Sean improved the ways in which members of the Johns Hopkins community can discover and interact with people, organizations, and activities across the university to enable each of us to make greater impacts in our professional fields. He also worked to design and implement an information system which combines expertise discovery and social networking.

After the Fellowship: Sean became the first Vice Provost for Institutional Research, charged with the collection, analysis, and presentation of data about the university, in order to build an official source of information about Johns Hopkins.  In February 2015, he left the university to become the Vice President of Data Science at HotChalk, Inc. leading data analytics strategy for their customers in the higher education sector.

JON LORSCH (2012-2013)
Professor, Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Jon worked to reform the curricula for graduate and medical education, spearheaded the development of the Center for Innovation in Graduate Biomedical Education, and launched a program offering summer research experiences to local high school students, many from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

After the Fellowship: Jon became the director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health.  In this role, Jon oversees the Institute's $2.4 billion budget, which primarily funds basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

MICHAEL J. MATUNIS (2016 – 2017)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Departments of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology

Michael joined the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health after earning a PhD from Northwestern University and completing postdoctoral training at the Rockefeller University. During his fellowship, Michael will focus on undergraduate research.

LARRY WILLIAMS (2016 – 2017)
Faculty Member
Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory of Music

Larry, a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, teaches chamber music and horn minor, and is chairman of the Preparatory Brass and Winds Department. He also is Director of Adult and Continuing Education at Peabody. An active performer and clinician, Williams is a member of numerous orchestras and ensembles throughout the U.S. and is a Yamaha Performing Artist & Clinician. As a Provost’s Fellow, he will concentrate his efforts on the issue of faculty diversity.