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Hollenbeck named vice provost for faculty affairs


Peter Hollenbeck, associate vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of biological sciences, has been named vice provost for faculty affairs, effective July 1.

In his new role, Hollenbeck will provide strategic direction for a wide array of faculty-focused initiatives, including recruitment, retention, resource allocation and faculty development. He also will oversee faculty policies, including grievances, conflict of interest and commitment, and promotion and tenure. Hollenbeck will report directly to Deba Dutta, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity.

Hollenbeck is a cellular neurobiologist whose laboratory has for many years studied the life cycle of mitochondria in the nervous system. He has received two "Seeds for Success" awards from Purdue in recognition of attracting large external research awards. He has served on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institutes of Health and as a member and chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Tourette Syndrome Association.

Hollenbeck has received the Top Teacher award from the College of Science and the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, the University's highest undergraduate teaching honor. He is an inducted member of Purdue's Teaching Academy and the Book of Great Teachers.

He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Purdue, received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and conducted his postdoctoral research as a Jane Coffin Childs Fellow at the Medical Research Council - Cell Biophysics Unit in London. Hollenbeck was an assistant and associate professor at Harvard Medical School before joining Purdue in 1997 as an associate professor of biological sciences.

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