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April 2, 2015

Vice provost Balaban stepping down

BalabanCarey Balaban, vice provost for faculty affairs since 2012, will step down from that post July 31 and return to the School of Medicine faculty.

Balaban is a professor of otolaryngology  and director of the Center for National Preparedness. He holds secondary appointments in neurobiology, communication sciences and disorders and bioengineering.

Provost Patricia E. Beeson announced Balaban’s intention to step down March 27.

As vice provost, Balaban worked in an advisory capacity with faculty and administrators to interpret and oversee established policies and procedures, including faculty grievances, appeals, and the appointment, promotion and tenure review process. Beeson said he was instrumental in developing the dual-career hiring program for faculty, implementing electronic processing for faculty actions and working collaboratively with the Office of the General Counsel and Human Resources to address issues of shared responsibility. He also served as the liaison between the Office of the Provost and Faculty Assembly, which included working with ad hoc committees on non-tenure-stream faculty concerns and applications of academic freedom to electronic communications.

Balaban has been a Pitt faculty member since 1988.