Weeks tapped to lead Emory's Center for Faculty Development and Excellence

Emory Report | April 24, 2018

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Eric Weeks, Department Chair and Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Physics, holds a sample of the hydrogel particles used in his research. He has been appointed the new director of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence and associate vice provost for faculty affairs, effective July 1. Emory Photo/Video

Physics professor Eric Weeks has been appointed the new director of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) and associate vice provost for faculty affairs, effective July 1, 2018. In this role, he will focus on engaging and supporting faculty in teaching, research and professional development.

Weeks succeeds Pamela Scully, current CFDE director, who will move into the role of vice provost for undergraduate education on June 1, 2018.

“I am delighted to have Dr. Weeks step into the role of director of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence and associate vice provost for faculty affairs,” says Lynn Zimmerman, senior vice provost for academic affairs. “His leadership, both inside and outside of the classroom, has contributed to stronger faculty, students and community relationships. In this new role, he will further faculty engagement and bring a new perspective with his expertise in scientific research and STEM education.”

Weeks will support faculty in the areas of research and scholarship, teaching, community-engaged learning, online education and career development. 

“I’m very excited to take this position and have the opportunity to work with faculty across the whole university,” Weeks says. “The CFDE has had a great impact in its first 10 years, but higher education always evolves and I look forward to finding new opportunities for faculty development and ways to further strengthen faculty ties across the university.” 

As the Department Chair and Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Physics, Weeks has a distinguished record of academic achievement and has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to engaging and supporting faculty, students and postdoctoral scholars in teaching, research and professional development. He will receive this year’s George P. Cuttino Award for Excellence in Mentoring, which will be presented May 14 at the Emory College diploma ceremony.

In addition to his important role as a member of the Emory faculty, Weeks created and led the Science Education Journal, which brought together students and faculty from Emory and other Atlanta universities to analyze and understand research approaches to science education.