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Carol A. Fierke

Carol A. Fierke

Vice Provost and Dean of the Rackham Graduate School
Jerome and Isabella Karle Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Biophysics
Professor of Biological Chemistry

Carol A. Fierke is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs–Graduate Studies and Dean of the Rackham Graduate School. As Vice Provost and Dean, she is responsible for the oversight and support of all of the University’s doctoral programs and many of the master’s programs. She is the Provost Office’s advocate for policies and practices that benefit all graduate and professional students at the University.

Before assuming her current role in the Fall of 2015, she previously served the Department of Chemistry as chair from 2005-2009 and from 2010-2015. In that capacity she was responsible for a broad range ofthe department's faculty and academic issues, including faculty promotion and tenure, facilities and space planning, among other responsibilities.

Professor Fierke chairs the Cultural Collections Council, to support the work of museum directors, librarians, and archivists who manage University collections that benefit students, researchers and the public. She provides oversight and guidance to four of these units on behalf of the Provost: the Bentley Historical Library, the William L. Clements Library, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, and the Museum of Art.

Professor Fierke has been on the faculty of the University of Michigan since 1999, as a professor of biological chemistry in the Medical School; a professor of chemistry in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and an associate faculty in the Biophysics Program. She received a a B.A. degree in chemistry in 1978 from Carleton College in Northfield, MN; in 1984 she earned a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from Brandeis University. She became a post-doctoral fellow at Pennsylvania State University. She then joined the faculty at Duke University in 1987 as an assistant professor; she was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1994 (Biochemistry Department) and in 1995 (Chemistry Department) before coming the the U-M.

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