Effrat named associate provost

By Patrick J. Callahan

Andrew Effrat has been named associate provost for Faculty Recruitment and Retention by Charlena M. Seymour, provost and senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. The appointment takes effect Sept. 1.

“Andy Effrat brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and sound judgment to this very important facet of our campus community,” Seymour says. “I’m very pleased he will be serving as a key part of our leadership team.”

Effrat has served as interim dean of the School of Education since May 2002. As associate provost he will work with Seymour’s office, the deans and Associate Chancellor Esther Terry to develop ways of benchmarking and implementing the faculty recruitment and retention activities of the campus diversity plan, known as “A Blueprint for Change.”

“I am honored and delighted to be a part of this exciting opportunity to work with Provost Charlena Seymour and many other colleagues as the university embarks on a major effort in rebuilding and diversifying the faculty and the university as a whole,” Effrat says. “This effort will enhance our capacity to fulfill our mission as a nationally competitive public research and teaching university.”

Effrat is an international authority on education policy issues. As the director of the Center for Education Policy at the School of Education, he has worked on major policy research initiatives that evaluate aspects of education reform in Massachusetts, and has helped start some leadership preparation initiatives in the state.

He joined the faculty in 1996 as chair of the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration. Effrat served as dean and professor at York University in Canada from 1980-90, and was coordinator of graduate studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto from 1979-80, after being assistant coordinator from 1976-79. He was a professor of sociology in education at OISE from 1968-80.

Effrat earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1961 and a doctorate in sociology from Harvard University in 1970.