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Janet Weiss
  Janet Weiss

Ross School Professor Named Dean of Rackham Graduate School

6/23/2005 --
Janet Weiss, professor of management and organizations, will assume new post Aug. 1.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Ross School Professor Janet Weiss will become the next dean of the University of Michigan's Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and vice provost for academic affairs-graduate studies. Her appointment is effective Aug. 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents.

Weiss, the Mary C. Bromage Collegiate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, has served as U-M associate provost for academic affairs since 2002. She also is founder and co-director of the U-M Nonprofit and Public Management Center and is a professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

"The success of graduate education is essential to our future as a great university," said U-M Provost Paul Courant in a memo to the faculty. "As dean, Professor Weiss will work in partnership with deans of other schools and colleges to improve the quality of graduate education and to create conditions that allow graduate students to do their best work. As vice provost, she will advocate for policies, funding, and initiatives that support graduate and professional education."

"As dean, I plan to work with other deans in keeping a relentless focus on quality graduate education and on creating conditions that encourage graduate students to learn and thrive," said Weiss, who has been a U-M faculty member since 1983. "My personal commitments to high academic standards and a climate that promotes success for all will strengthen the University of Michigan's commitments to be a national leader in graduate and professional education."

As associate provost for academic affairs, Weiss has been responsible for a broad range of academic and faculty issues, including faculty promotion and tenure, family friendly policies affecting faculty and students, facilities planning, strategic planning, and oversight of museums and libraries. She was associate dean of the U-M business school between 1992 and 1997, with responsibility for the doctoral program and research, and before that served as associate director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies at Michigan (the forerunner to the Ford School). Before coming to Michigan, she was on the faculty of the School of Organization and Management at Yale University.

Weiss' research is focused on public management and public policy, including the roles of information and ideas in the policy process, the challenges of public management, and the interplay between policy design and the management of public programs. Her work on education policy led to her involvement in the early 1990s as an expert adviser to a group of major corporations in Michigan, and more recently as an adviser to the Education Commission of the States' Project on Governing America's Schools, a member of the National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education at the Brookings Institution, and a member of the MacArthur Foundation Network on Teaching and Learning.

Weiss received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in psychology and social relations and a bachelor's degree from Yale University, where she was in the first class of women at Yale.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone:(734) 936-1015 or 647-1847