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Provost Announcement: Renée Taylor Appointed Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Renée Taylor, Professor of Occupational Therapy, as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, effective July 26, 2013, pending Board of Trustees approval.

Dr. Taylor has served as interim vice provost since 2012 while an internal search for the position was conducted. While serving in this role, she facilitated the implementation of college-based faculty mentoring programs and worked collaboratively with faculty senate subcommittees and other faculty and administrators to initiate and implement efforts that enhance faculty-related human resource policies and procedures, teaching and learning, and promotion and tenure. Currently she co-directs the faculty engagement task force and plays an active role supporting UICs student success initiative.

A clinical-community psychologist, Dr. Taylor joined the UIC faculty as an Associate Professor in 2001. In 2006, she was promoted to Professor and was subsequently appointed Co-director of Graduate Studies for the Ph.D. Program in Kinesiology, Human Nutrition, and Rehabilitation Sciences. In 2010, she became the Director of the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) Clearinghouse at UIC, an international hub of research, scholarship, and cross-disciplinary collaboration involving the most evidence-based and widely-cited conceptual practice model in the field of occupational therapy. Dr. Taylor also served as co-director of the campus Promotion and Tenure Committee in 2009.

Dr. Taylor has received substantial research grant funding and has served on a range of federal and international grant review panels focusing on issues related to chronic fatigue syndrome, Epstein-Barr virus, and rehabilitation. She has published extensively on topics involving chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, research methodologies, and patient-provider relationships. Dr. Taylor recently completed two NIH-funded R01 studies of post-infectious fatigue following Epstein-Barr virus infection. She has initiated a second line of research on the role of patient-provider relationships in rehabilitation and healthcare. This work led to the development of a conceptual practice model for the field of Occupational Therapy, the Intentional Relationship Model (IRM), which was introduced in 2008, and has since grown rapidly to become utilized internationally as a premier teaching and practice model for client-therapist communication in occupational therapy.

In 2008 Dr. Taylor received the Professor of the Year award from the College of Applied Health Sciences, and in 2010 she received the UIC Teaching Recognition Program Award. From 2004-2005, Dr. Taylor was one of 34 internationally-recognized multidisciplinary scientists invited to a series of meetings cosponsored by the Centers for Disease Control at the renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories in New York. Dr. Taylor was an invited speaker and key author on a set of high-impact publications that emerged from these meetings. From 1998-2006, Dr. Taylor also maintained a private practice as a psychotherapist, specializing in psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness.

I hope you will join me in congratulating Dr. Taylor on her appointment. I am grateful to the search committee, chaired by Bette L. Bottoms, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Dean of the Honors College, for its excellent work. The full membership is shown below.


Lon S. Kaufman
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

Search Committee for the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Bette L. Bottoms (Chair)
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Dean of the Honors College
Professor of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Robert A. Crouch
Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
UIC Human Resources

Timothy B. Erickson
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Director, Center for Global Health
Professor, Emergency Medicine
College of Medicine

Sohail Murad
Head and Professor
Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering

Jesus Ramirez-Valles
Director and Professor
Division of Community Health Sciences
School of Public Health

Leticia Sanchez
Director of Human Resources Operations
College of Dentistry

Marya Schechtman
Associate Dean
Professor of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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