Claire E. Sterk assumed the role of Emory University Provost on February 1, 2013, following her service as Acting Provost and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Part of her portfolio includes overseeing the coordination of the Strategic Plan Theme of “Strengthening Faculty Distinction.” This includes, for example, identifying and nominating faculty for prestigious academies, societies and awards, and management of the Faculty Distinction Fund. She also serves on the Strategic Implementation Advisory Committee.
Faculty development is another main domain of Sterk's office. She founded the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in 2008. Other faculty development activities include the Academic Leadership Program, the University Research Committee, the Conference Subvention Fund, the Emory University Emeritus College, as well as the Life of the Mind and the Luminaries Speakers series.
In the area of faculty career trajectories, she coordinates the Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC), works with deans and faculty on ways to continue to enhance faculty careers, and coordinates efforts around tenure and promotion processes and practice as well as faculty recruitment and retention.
She coordinates the Council on Academic Trends, the Council of Associate Deans in Academic Affairs, and the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. She oversees the offices of Institutional Research and Institutional Effectiveness and serves as Emory’s Liaison to the SACS, including the Compliance and Quality Enhancement Project.
She participates in numerous university-wide committees such as the Emory Research Executive Committee, the Enterprise Risk Management team, the Council of Deans, and the Executive Committee of the Work-Life Initiative.
She serves as the liaison to the Faculty Council and leads special projects regarding faculty and student matters. These have resulted in reports such as Building a Community of Excellence - Building a Faculty of Excellence: The Year of the Faculty and Undergraduate Dialogues.
Claire E. Sterk holds her primary faculty appointment in the Rollins School of Public Health. In addition, she holds joint appointments in the departments of Anthropology, Sociology, and Women's Studies. Dr. Sterk holds degrees in anthropology and sociology. She joined the Rollins School of Public Health in 1995 where she serves as Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and Associate Dean for Research. She continues to contribute to the teaching mission of the school and was recognized in Emory's Great Teachers Lecture Series (2000), her selection as the Mary Anne Morgan Lecturer in Women's Health (2002), and as a Distinguished Faculty Lecturer (2003).
She holds two active NIH grants and her primary research interests are addiction/mental health and HIV/AIDS, with a focus on gender, health disparities, and community-based interventions. She is interested in the intersection between the individual, community, and larger societal factors. She has three single-authored books in her name and published over 100 articles and book chapters. She serves on several editorial boards, is the 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, she was a member of the National Advisory Council to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health. She is a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, was a recipient of the Thomas F. Seller Jr. Award of Public Health (1999), and was appointed as a Roselyn Carter Fellow in Public Policy (2003-2006).