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David Bocian to Serve as Vice Provost for Academic Personnel

David Bocian to Serve as Vice Provost for Academic Personnel

The position is important for faculty review and tenure process

(June 25, 2009)

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Professor David Bocian

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Professor David Bocian has agreed to serve as Vice Provost for Academic Personnel at UC Riverside as of July 1, 2009.
He takes over for Professor Betty Lord, who is retiring at the end of the month.

The academic personnel office oversees the recruitment and promotion of academic employees. During Lord’s tenure UC Riverside developed an electronic process to speed academic reviews.

“Other campuses, (Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Diego) are adopting the e-file system that Betty was instrumental in establishing here. Please join me in thanking Betty for her service, and wishing her well for all that is next for her,” Chancellor Timothy P. White wrote in a campus email announcing the appointment of Bocian.

“Professor Bocian’s keen judgment and extensive service on the Committee on Academic Personnel will serve our campus well,” White said. “In light of our State budget constraints, plus David’s ambitious ongoing research agenda, by mutual agreement this appointment will be at 67% effort for two years, with possibility of renewal upon mutual consent.”

Bocian, a distinguished professor of chemistry, earned his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. After postdoctoral research at Caltech (1976-79), he joined the Chemistry Department at UCR in 1979, and after a stint at Carnegie Mellon University (1985-91) David returned to UC Riverside.

His research stretches across a broad range of fields, including biophysical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and materials chemistry. His lab investigates how photosynthesis functions at a molecular level. He is also studying next generation electronic materials that could be used in optical and molecular computers. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he has served on numerous editorial boards, he has authored 240 scientific publications, and he holds two dozen current or pending patents.

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