The University Record, April 22, 2002

Regents approve Castle and Weiss as associate provosts

By Laurel Thomas Gnagey

Two U-M faculty members were named to associate provost positions by the Board of Regents April 18. Valerie P. Castle, professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and associate chair for research, Department of Pediatrics, will hold a 50 percent appointment as associate provost for academic and faculty affairs, a position held by Pamela Raymond whose term ends at the conclusion of the fiscal year. Castle’s appointment begins July 1.

Janet A. Weiss, the Mary C. Bromage Collegiate Professor of Business Administration, will begin a 75 percent appointment as associate provost for academic affairs May 15. Currently, Weiss has a joint appointment in the Business School and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where she serves as professor of organizational behavior and public policy, and professor of public policy. In her new role, Weiss will assume many of the duties of Interim Provost Paul Courant.

“I could not be more pleased to have persuaded Valerie Castle and Janet Weiss to take on these new assignments. It is vitally important to the University that active faculty members provide both academic and administrative leadership in the Office of Academic Affairs,” Interim Provost Paul Courant said. “Both Professor Weiss and Professor Castle will continue to be engaged in research and teaching while working as associate provosts for academic affairs. Both are superb scholars and have already proven to be successful and effective administrators.

Weiss (Photo by Paul Jaronski)
“Each brings special expertise and experience that will be of great value. With Pamela Raymond completing her term as associate provost—having done a magnificent job, and having earned the gratitude and respect of the entire University—I was greatly concerned that we would lose the perspective that she was able to provide as an active researcher in the Medical School. Valerie Castle will provide that perspective, and adds to it in that she is also a practicing physician.

“Janet Weiss’s scholarly work has focused on organizations and management, especially in the nonprofit sector. Much of her work has been on the role that ideas play in the behavior of complicated and decentralized organizations. The University is an excellent example of the kind of organization that Janet’s work has illuminated, and I look forward to the insight that she will bring to the provost’s office. If we are doing our jobs right, we should be exemplary of an organization in which ideas matter—indeed where ideas are central to all that we do. Janet’s academic work, as well as her experience as an associate dean, situate her ideally for her new role.”

Castle received her B.A. in 1979 from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her M.D. is from McMaster University Medical Center, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where she also completed her pediatric residency and was a hematology/oncology fellow. She received her postdoctoral research training in cellular and molecular biology at the U-M.

Castle has received numerous honors, including the “Best Doctors in America” award, a Commitment to Excellence Award from the Health System, and an American Society of Hematology Scholar award. She serves on a number of committees within the Health System and University and is a former Senate Assembly representative. She holds leadership positions in a number of professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, the American Pediatric Society and the American Association for Cancer Research.

Weiss received her B.A. (magna cum laude) from Yale University and her Ph.D. from Harvard. The former Yale assistant, and later associate, professor began her U-M career in 1983. She served as associate director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies 1987–90 before it became the School of Public Policy. She was associate dean of the Business School 1992–97.

Weiss’ research focus is on public management and public policy, particularly on the challenges of public management, and on the interplay between policy design and the management of public programs. Her publishing list is extensive, including numerous articles in academic journals, the majority focusing on the roles of information and ideas in the policy process. Her honors include a fellowship in the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, the Harold Lasswel Prize and the Herbert Salzman Award for exemplary articles, and the Distinguished Faculty Award from the 1999 Michigan Association of Governing Boards. Weiss is active in a number of professional organizations, such as the National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education, the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the Social Science Research Council.