From the Provost — April 19, 2018

College of Arts and Sciences Interim Leadership

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share the news that Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, PhD, has accepted my offer to serve as interim vice provost for the arts and sciences and executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, her appointment is effective July 1, 2018.

Dr. Box-Steffensmeier, the Vernal G. Riffe Professor in Government and Politics, currently serves as the divisional dean for social and behavioral sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of Political Research in Statistics and Methodology (PRISM). In her cross-functional role, she also serves as dean of graduate studies for the college.

As divisional dean since 2014, included among her responsibilities are strategic planning, budgeting and oversight of eight departments and schools and eleven center and program directors; promotion and tenure reviews and program reviews.

She has taught students at all levels and her research has made significant contributions in the study of political behavior and institutions, and how best to capture change, dynamics, and time. The intersection of her interests has led to important work on congressional elections, campaign finance, and representation, and her work is widely published in peer-reviewed journals.

Among her many honors, she is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and, at Ohio State, received a 2012 Distinguished Scholar Award, the Distinguished Undergraduate Mentor Award and a departmental Distinguished Teaching Award. Her mentoring, particularly with women, has been recognized with a named scholarship award – the Janet Box-Steffensmeier Graduate Student Award. She has served as president of the Midwest Political Science Association and the Political Methodology Section of American Political Science Association.

Dr. Box-Steffensmeier earned a BA, magna cum laude and honors program in mathematics and political science from Coe College and a PhD, Department of Government from the University of Texas.

Please join me in thanking Jan for accepting this pivotal interim role. I look forward to continuing to work with her.


Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost

College of Arts and Sciences