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Claire E. Sterk

Emory University Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs


Claire Sterk
University Provost & Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Renowned administrator, teacher, and researcher Claire E. Sterk became the sixth provost at Emory and executive vice president for academic affairs in February 2013. With a long history of service to the University, she joined the faculty of Emory's Rollins School of Public Health in 1995, going on to serve there as Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, and associate dean for research. She also holds joint appointments in anthropology, sociology, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Prior to her appointment as provost, she served as acting provost and senior vice provost for academic affairs.

As Emory's chief academic officer, Sterk is the primary liaison between the administration and deans and faculty on academic matters, overseeing academic policies and activities throughout Emory. She has focused on faculty development throughout her career, and in 2008, she founded the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence to assist faculty at each phase of their career. In addition to coordinating the Presidential Advisory Committee, she has responsibility for tenure and promotion processes and faculty recruitment and retention. Her office also oversees the Academic Leadership Program, the University Research Committee, the Conference Subvention Fund, Emory’s Emeritus College, and the Life of the Mind and the Luminaries Speakers series, among others.

One important area of focus for Sterk is carrying out the Emory strategic plan theme of strengthening faculty distinction, which includes identifying and nominating faculty for prestigious academies, societies, and awards and managing the Faculty Distinction Fund. The Office of Institutional, Planning, and Effectiveness, which serves as the Emory liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), is under Sterk's guidance.

She also actively supports Emory's teaching and research missions by being an active lecturer both on and off campus and holding two National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants. Her teaching recognition includes selection for Emory's Great Teachers Lecture Series in 2000, as the Mary Anne Morgan Lecturer in Women's Health in 2002, and as a Distinguished Faculty Lecturer in 2003. Her primary research interests are addiction/mental health and HIV/AIDS, with a focus on gender, health disparities, and community-based interventions.

The author of three books, Sterk has written more than 100 articles and book chapters. She serves on several editorial boards and is president of the Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco section of the American Sociological Association and a board member of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Until recently, Sterk was a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the NIH. She is a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, a recipient of the Thomas F. Sellers Jr. M.D. Award for Support of Faculty Colleagues in Public Health (1999), and a Rosalynn Carter Fellow in Public Policy (2003–2006).

A native of the Netherlands, Sterk holds a PhD in sociology from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a doctoral degree in medical anthropology from the University of Utrecht.