Current Provost Fellows
Professor of Art & Design
Provost Fellow Project: The University in a Divided Nation
Professor Kevin Hamilton is working to help develop more robust processes for facilitating dialogue on divisive topics, both within the campus community and more broadly. In cooperation with other campus efforts, offices, and staff, and with attention to emerging practices among peer universities and organizations, Kevin is looking to develop new, more humane approaches to mediated dialogue that complement existing policies and practices. This effort will gather campus experts in dialogue facilitation, organizational communication, and restorative justice to design experimental approaches to dealing with the complex conflicts emerging in our rapidly changing political and social climate.
As policy and processes for hosting campus speakers are an opportune starting point for this project, Kevin’s plans include the careful invitation and hosting of such speakers, in cooperation with student organizations and academic units. As this new effort gets going, he welcomes suggestions on specific issues or social settings through which to develop and discover new approaches to bringing students, faculty, staff, and community members together across the issues that currently divide our nation.
Professor of Physics
Provost Fellow Project: Sustainability on the Illinois Campus
Professor Scott Willenbrock is working to implement sustainability initiatives across campus. His focus is on energy-related aspects of sustainability, since it is energy use that constitutes the majority of campus greenhouse gas emissions. His goal is to bring more renewable energy into the campus energy production portfolio. Scott is deeply interested in energy efficiency, and is working to improve the energy standards of new and renovated buildings, as well as to bring more electric vehicle charging opportunities to the campus.
Learn more about the Provost Fellows Program.