Vice Provost and the Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice, The University of Chicago
As Vice Provost, Melissa leads efforts around faculty development and institutional diversity. She oversees leadership and academic development for department chairs and faculty at each academic rank, directs activities to increase accountability and measurable progress in creating a diverse and inclusive campus, and provides infrastructure and training in the recruitment and retention of faculty, including management of the Neubauer Family Assistant Professors program. Melissa also oversees both the Center for Identity and Inclusion, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture. In November 2012, she launched The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at the University of Chicago. Ci3’s research uses games, narrative, and design to advance knowledge, develop interventions, and inform policies on the sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing of adolescents.