Rochelle Ford named Provost’s Faculty Fellow

By Carol Boll

September 9, 2016
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Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele G. Wheatly has announced the appointment of Rochelle Ford, chair of public relations at the Newhouse School, as a Provost’s Faculty Fellow, effective immediately. Ping Zhang, professor of information studies in the School of Information Studies, was also appointed.

Ford’s designated area of focus as a Provost’s Faculty Fellow will be the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaccreditation process, now under way. Ford serves as faculty lead and one of three co-chairs guiding the reaccreditation process, along with Libby Barlow, assistant vice president for institutional research and assessment, and Jeffrey Stanton, associate provost for academic affairs.

“Rochelle Ford and Ping Zhang both bring important skills and insight into two priority areas for the University right now—the Middle States reaccreditation and the need for robust opportunities for faculty development,” says Wheatly. “As the faculty lead in the reaccreditation process, Rochelle will play a crucial role in helping to guide the process through to a successful conclusion. The experience she brings, especially in terms of communications expertise, will serve us well in ensuring the study process is both thorough and inclusive."

Ford joined the Newhouse faculty in 2014 as professor and chair of the Department of Public Relations. Prior to that she had served as a faculty member and administrator at Howard University, where she championed diversity and conducted interdisciplinary research with grant funding totaling more than $2.14 million. She is a frequent speaker both in the U.S. and abroad, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, book chapters, and refereed journals. Among other awards, she has received the Public Relations Society of America’s national D. Parke Gibson Multiculturalism Award, the National Black Public Relations Society Founders Award and the International Award for Innovative Teaching, Learning and Technology.

Ford earned a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, accreditation in public relations from the Universal Accreditation Board and graduate certificates in management and leadership from Harvard University.

“It’s an honor to be selected as a fellow and to serve the University community in the Middle States accreditation effort, where we will be able reflect on our progress and processes to fulfill our mission, vision and strategic plans as One University,” Ford says. “I look forward to collaborating with students, faculty and staff in this new service capacity to make Syracuse an even better place to study and work.”

The Provost’s Faculty Fellows positions were created in 2015 with the goal of expanding channels of communication and opportunities for collaboration among the Provost’s Office, University leaders, faculty members, students and others. These appointments generally last two to four semesters and provide unique opportunities for leadership development and campuswide service to the academic community.

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