Ronald P. Strauss
Executive Vice Provost
Contact: Nelia R. Cooper
104 South Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3000
The Executive Vice Provost oversees the appointment, promotion and tenure process, helps lead the UNC Metrics Project, directs the Targeted and Spousal Hiring Programs, the Faculty Retention Programs, and coordinates senior academic searches and reviews.
As Executive Vice Provost, Ron Strauss is the Provost Office’s representative for the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure (APT) Committee, the University Distinguished Professors Selection Committee, Graduate and Undergraduate Program Reviews, the Campus Theme Steering Committee, and the University’s accreditation and Quality Enhancement Program teams. He also serves as chair of a number of committees, including the Health Sciences Advisory Committee, the Commencement Committee, the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee. He is the Lead Faculty member on the Faculty Engaged Scholars Program of the Carolina Center for Public Service. Additionally, Strauss oversees the Executive Director of the Arts / Carolina Performing Arts and served as the university’s Chief International Officer from 2009 to 2018.
Strauss came to Carolina in 1974 and holds faculty appointments in three schools – as Dental Friends Distinguished Professor in the School of Dentistry’s department of Dental Ecology, as Professor in the School of Medicine’s department of Social Medicine and as Clinical Professor in the School of Public Health’s department of Epidemiology. Since 1977, Strauss has been a member of the clinical team at the UNC Craniofacial Center. He also serves as Faculty Director of the UNC Center for AIDS Research’s Community Outreach, Dissemination and Education Office (CODE Office) and is the lead on the Public Health course entitled “The AIDS Course.”
Strauss earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Queens College of the City University of New York, a doctorate in Dentistry (DMD) from the University of Pennsylvania, and a subsequent master’s and doctorate in Sociology, also from the University of Pennsylvania.