The University of the South has announced that Nancy Berner, William Henderson Professor of Biology, has accepted appointment as associate provost of the university, effective January 1, 2012.
In this position, Berner will have specific responsibility for promotion and oversight of sponsored programs, especially of undergraduate research. She will assist with developing and maintaining institutional policies for faculty and students and with administering summer programs. Berner will also, in the current year, assume responsibility for institutional strategic planning and for the university’s five-year interim report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, its regional accrediting association.
Berner earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Idaho and her Ph.D. at Stanford University. She has been on the faculty at Sewanee since 1992, and was named to the William Henderson Chair of Biology in 2009. She served as chair of the Department of Biology from July 1999 to June 2004.
She was recently awarded a major grant from the National Science Foundation in support of her research into the mechanisms controlling thermal acclimation in the Eastern red spotted newt. The grant will provide $400,000 in funding over the next four years.