KU names education professor as interim vice provost for diversity and equity

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Jennifer Ng

The University of Kansas has selected an associate professor from the School of Education to serve as interim vice provost for diversity and equity.

KU’s interim provost, Carl Lejuez, announced in a Tuesday message to the university community that Jennifer Ng will take over the role when the spring semester ends and will serve until June 2020. She will fill the position that will be left by Jennifer Hamer, who is leaving the university this summer to take a position at Pennsylvania State University.

Ng has worked for the School of Education, specializing in educational leadership and policy studies, since 2004. She recently received promotion to a full professor, which goes into effect in the fall.

She also has experience with diversity and equity issues on campus. She co-founded KU’s Asian and Asian American Faculty Staff Council in 2014 and served as its first president. From 2015 to 2016, she served as a member of the provost office’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, which aimed to report on steps to make a more inclusive campus.

Additionally, Ng was a faculty fellow in the Office of Faculty Development and Mentoring from 2016-2018 and is a current member of the Kansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

“I believe Dr. Ng brings exceptional scholarly credentials and experience to this role that will continue KU’s progress in building a more welcoming and supportive university,” Lejuez said in his message.


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