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William Bernhard

Associate Provost for Faculty Development
(217) 333-6677

Peggy Buchner
(217) 333-6677

William Bernhard’s portfolio covers all areas of faculty development and success for tenure-track and specialized faculty.

William Bernhard is the Associate Provost for Faculty Development. In this role he assists with processes and policies related to faculty development and success, including faculty mentoring, support for pre-tenure and mid-career faculty, career paths for specialized faculty, and leadership development. William also oversees the new faculty orientation, mid-career faculty programming, and the dual-career academic couple program.

William holds a B.A. in government from Cornell University, and a M.A. and Ph.D in political science from Duke University. His research centers on international political economy, with a focus on how international financial markets react to and, in turn, affect domestic political processes (Pricing Politics: Financial Markets and Political Processes, Cambridge University Press, 2006). His research also investigates the strategic choices of political actors, including how parties manage candidate nominations and how legislators develop reputations for trustworthiness, effectiveness, and loyalty. His recent work has been recognized with several best paper awards, including the 2015 Patrick J. Fett Award and the 2014 Jewell-Lowenberg Award. In 2014-15, he was an Associate at the Center for Advanced Study.

Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, William served as the Head of the Department of Political Science.