Welcome to the Office of Faculty Leadership & Success

  It is an honor to serve as Vice Provost for Faculty Leadership and Success at Florida International University. As such, it is a pleasure to support you - the world-class faculty at FIU - in all aspects of your teaching, scholarship and creative activity, and service. FIU, a Carnegie Very High Research and emerging pre-eminent State University, has many of its programs ranked in the top 50 in the nation. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) is also an integral part of our office and exits to provide encouragement and support for the extremely important role you fulfill as a teacher. The Office of Faculty Leadership and Success is focused on ways to provide support, increase efficiencies and communication, and to provide leadership opportunities and training for our faculty. We look forward to working with you and to hearing how we can continue to support you in your very important work.


Dr. Heather Russell,
Vice Provost for Faculty Leadership and Success
Professor of Literature
Dr. Heather Russell is the Vice Provost for Faculty Leadership and Success at Florida International University and Professor of Literature. She is, formerly, the Dean of the School of Environment, Arts and Society in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education and served as Chair of FIU's Department of English (2016-2019). She earned her Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University and specializes in African Diaspora Literature and Theory; Postcolonial theory; Anglophone Caribbean Cultural Studies; and African American Literature (mid-19th-21st centuries). Her book, Legba's Crossing: Narratology in The African Atlantic (2009) is part of a general body of scholarship on black modernity. She is co-editor of Rihanna: Barbados World Gurl in Global Popular Culture (2014), a cultural studies collection that theorizes gender, sexuality, race, popular culture, and economy; and has published on a wide array of subjects related to African American and Afro-Caribbean scholarly concerns with essays on Quentin Tarantino's Django, Marcus Garvey and Popular Culture, and on "quilting" in African American women's literature. In keeping with her commitment to the study of the Humanities, over the past 12 years she has worked with various state-based affiliates of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and with the National Humanities Center. She served as lead scholar for the Florida Humanities Council's NEH-funded "Landmarks in American History" seminar: "Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston and her Eatonville Roots".

Meet the Faculty Leadership and Success Team
  Jessica Bermudez
Manager of Administrative Services, Faculty Leadership and Success
  Yesim Darici [Bio]
Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and STEM
Director of Women in STEM Initiative, CASE
Professor of Physics
  Marcy Kravec [Bio]
Associate Director, Faculty Leadership and Success
Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  Rosario Lozada [Bio]
Faculty Fellow, Faculty Leadership and Success
Director of Well-Being in Law, College of Law
Professor of Legal Skills and Values, College of Law
  Leanne Wells [Bio]
Associate Director, Faculty Leadership and Success
Senior Director, Center for the Advancement of Teaching
  Molly Schantz
Student Assistant, Faculty Leadership and Success

  Faculty Affairs provides faculty with growth and renewal opportunities in all realms throughout their professional career. It also serves to recognize academic excellence and institute a culture that values intellectual inquiry and scholarly and creative engagement in its many forms. In a nutshell, we recognize that Faculty Success equals Student Success.
Center for the Advancement of Teaching
New Faculty Orientation
Faculty Honors
Chairs Advisory Council
Faculty Success Council
Faculty Ombuds
FIU-UFF Collective Bargaining
Faculty Tenure & Promotion, Competitive Sabbaticals and Leaves
Faculty Retirements
Adjunct Faculty Evaluation of Teaching Policies & Procedures