Messages from the Provost
Of the many roles of the Provost, deans, chairs and faculty at a university, few are more important than making ultimate decisions as to who gets hired and kept on as tenured faculty. So what do we look for? First and foremost, we seek scholarly excellence and leadership. Both of these come in many forms and are not easily quantified by metrics.
Prime Minister Abe’s administration has told the presidents of all Japan’s national universities to abolish undergraduate departments and graduate schools devoted to the humanities and social sciences or tailor curricula to fields with more utilitarian values.