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Jamie Winders Appointed Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
Vice Chancellor and Provost Gretchen Ritter announced today the appointment of Jamie Winders, director of the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute and professor of geography and the environment, to the position of associate provost for faculty affairs. The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees approved the appointment, which is effective Jan. 1, 2022.
Winders fills the vacancy created last June after LaVonda Reed was appointed dean of the Georgia State University College of Law. Winders has been at Syracuse since 2004.
“Jamie Winders is an award-winning teacher, prolific scholar and seasoned leader who is broadly respected at Syracuse,” says Ritter. “Her scholarship demonstrates her commitment to diversity and inclusion. Her extensive knowledge of Syracuse University and deep understanding of our faculty’s many roles will benefit both the University and the work of Academic Affairs.”
As associate provost, Winders will oversee all aspects of faculty recruitment, hiring and appointments, third-year reviews and promotion and tenure as well as policy oversight for faculty affairs. She will also provide leadership for faculty on-boarding, mentoring and development, including new faculty orientation and awards and recognitions. Key priorities will be enhancing faculty diversity and equity, faculty retention, and leadership development for faculty and chairs. She will also oversee any disciplinary processes related to faculty that fall outside of research.
“It is a great honor to serve my fellow Syracuse University faculty and to join Provost Ritter and her team. I’m looking forward to working with faculty across our campus and am excited about what we can accomplish together,” Winders says.
Winders has served as chair and director of undergraduate studies in the department of geography and the environment. Her University service includes serving as the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees from 2019-21. She has also chaired both the Arts and Sciences and Maxwell faculty councils. She currently serves on the Faculty Oversight Committee for the Athletics Department and previously served as chair of the research committee for the University Senate.
As a scholar, Winders is best known for her interdisciplinary engagement with timely issues, from international migration to emerging technologies. She is editor-in-chief of the International Migration Review and associate editor of Cultural Geographies. She is the founding director of the University’s Autonomous Systems Policy Institute, which focuses on interdisciplinary research and teaching related to the design, regulation, and societal impacts of autonomous systems. In this capacity, she works with faculty and students across campus, as well as with external stakeholders in areas from government to industry to advocacy.
Winders was a pioneer in the study of new immigrant destinations in a domestic and an international context, and her research on international migration sits at the intersection of academic engagement and policy analysis.
Her teaching and scholarship have been recognized with numerous awards, including the Meredith Teaching Recognition Award, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and Russell Sage, among other sources.
Winders holds a Ph.D. and a B.A. from the University of Kentucky and a master of arts from the University of British Columbia.