Marianne Petit - new Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Network Academic Planning

Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016

Congratulations to ITP Alum and faculty member, Marianne Petit! Follows is an announcement from NYU President, Andrew Hamilton:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of four faculty members to positions that will help continue to guide and improve our global network for faculty and students, and to keep faculty voice at the heart of all our academic efforts. 

In early July, we announced the creation of the Associate Vice Chancellor positions for Global Network Academic Planning and Global Network Faculty Planning. These open positions for NYU faculty were publicized and faculty and academic leadership committees were assembled to select the successful candidates from an outstanding faculty applicant pool.

We are pleased to announce that Olugbenga ("Gbenga”) Ogedegbe and Marianne Petit emerged as successful candidates for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Network Academic Planning position, splitting the position and working part-time. Both will bring a strong faculty focus to academic planning in global programs and provide new voices from a variety of disciplines and areas. Gbenga, with his extensive record in medical science and public health research as well as professional and graduate education, will focus on graduate program development and research at the global sites; Marianne, who has recently developed the very successful Interactive Media Arts program for NYU Shanghai, has agreed to focus on undergraduate academic development and programming at the global sites. Gbenga and Marianne will also continue as core members of the faculty at the School of Medicine and the Tisch School of the Arts/NYU Shanghai, respectively. 

In addition, we have also asked Professor Eliot Borenstein to serve in a new position titled Senior Academic Convenor for the Global Network, also part-time.  In this role, he will work closely with Gbenga and Marianne, as well as Linda Mills, Vice Chancellor for Global Programs. 

We are thrilled that Eliot has agreed to continue and expand his commitment to engaging the faculty in our global conversations. Eliot’s work in this area began with his inaugural leadership (with Una Chaudhuri) on the Faculty Committee on NYU’s Global Network. Eliot will have overall responsibility for the ongoing administration of the Site Specific Advisory Committees and the important role they play in connecting faculty to the global sites; developing and overseeing a process for allocating funds for conferencing across the global sites; assessing the outcomes of study away on our students, working with Matthew Santirocco and the Global Learning Outcomes Working Group; and overall coordination between NY faculty, including faculty governance structures, and the global sites. Eliot will continue as a core member of the faculty of Arts and Science and Acting Chair, East Asian Studies. 

Gbenga, Marianne and Eliot will begin their duties in January 2017.

Also following the application and interview process, Zvi Ben-Dor Benite was selected to serve as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Network Faculty Planning. In this position, Zvi will help coordinate the hiring of faculty at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, as well as expanding faculty circulation among those campuses and New York. Zvi was an outstanding match for this position; his research is in Arabic and Chinese culture and he is fluent in both languages.  As Zvi is married to Provost Katherine Fleming, he will report directly to me, with day-to-day operational reporting to Fabio Piano, NYU Abu Dhabi's Provost, and Joanna Waley-Cohen, NYU Shanghai's Provost.  Zvi will begin his duties November 15, 2016 since several searches are currently underway for both the Abu Dhabi and Shanghai campuses. Zvi will continue as a core member of the faculty of Arts and Science. 

Please join me in congratulating Eliot, Gbenga, Marianne and Zvi in their new roles (extended bios below). I am confident they will carry out their duties superbly. 

Zvi Ben-Dor Benite is Professor in the Department of History and the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at FAS, teaching courses on Asian history during and after the Mongol period and on Islam in the World. He studied Chinese history in Jerusalem, in China, and later at UCLA where he completed his PhD in early modern Chinese history. Zvi has served as Director of the History Department’s MA program in World History, as Acting Director of the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, and as Chair of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Specializing in Chinese and Islamic History, Zvi’s research centers on the interaction between religions in world history and cultural exchanges across space and time.  He is the author of The Dao of Muhammad: A Cultural History of Muslims in Late Imperial China (Harvard, 2005); The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History (Oxford, 2009); and more recently, an edited volume on Middle Eastern Jewish Thought (Brandeis, 2013); an edited volume on Sovereignty (forthcoming with Columbia University Press); and a monograph entitled Crescent China: Islam and Nation after Empire (forthcoming with Oxford).

Eliot Borenstein is Professor of Russian & Slavic Studies at FAS. Educated at Oberlin College (BA, 1988) and the University of Wisconsin, Madison (MA, 1989, PhD, 1993), Eliot joined NYU in 1995, where he has served in numerous faculty leadership positions including as Chair of Russian and Slavic Studies, Director of the College Core Curriculum, and Provostial Fellow in the Office of Global Programs.  Eliot is currently Acting Chair of East Asian Studies. Most of his published work is devoted to sexuality, gender, and popular culture.  Now he is writing a book on conspiracy theories in post-Soviet Russia, and posting its first draft in real time on a blog, plotsagainstrussia.org. Eliot is also the editor of All the Russias, the blog and web portal for the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.  Among his many honors are a Mellon Fellowship (1988-90), IREX grants (1997, 2000), a Fulbright Fellowship (1999) for study in Moscow, and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009).

Gbenga Ogedegbe, a physician, is Professor of Population Health & Medicine, Chief Division of Health & Behavior and Director Center for Healthful Behavior Change in the Department of Population Health at the School of Medicine. He is also Vice Dean and Chief Medical Officer for NYU College of Global Public Health (stepping down on December 31, 2016). Gbenga is a leading expert on health disparities research; his work focuses on the implementation of evidence-based interventions for cardiovascular risk reduction in minority populations. He is Principal Investigator on numerous NIH projects, and has expanded his work globally to Sub-Saharan Africa where he is funded by the NIH to strengthen research capacity and reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases. He has co-authored over 250 publications and his work has been recognized by receipt of several research and mentoring awards including the prestigious John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Daniel Savage Science Award. He has served on numerous scientific panels including the NIH, CDC, World Health Organization, and the European Union Research Council. Prior to joining NYU, he was faculty at Cornell Weill Medical School and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. 

Marianne Petit is an Associate Arts Professor at the Tisch School of the Arts and holds an MPS, an MA, and a BA from NYU.  Marianne is a Co-Founder/Co-Director of the Ability Project, an interdisciplinary research space dedicated to the intersection between disability and technology, and a collaboration of ITP, the Department of Occupational Therapy (Steinhardt) and the Integrated Digital Media Program (Tandon). Marianne was the Founding Director of the Interactive Media Arts Program at NYU Shanghai, where she served as the Director of Interactive Media Arts from Fall 2013 to Spring 2016. Marianne is a recipient of the 2016 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. As an artist and curator, Marianne was the co-founder/director of Greylock Arts. Located in the Northern Berkshires and with an emphasis on underrepresented forms of interactive and new media arts, Greylock Arts presented exhibitions and talks, developed educational programs, and fostered community involvement to facilitate a deeper public appreciation for emerging arts practice from 2007-2013. Her artwork has appeared internationally in festivals and exhibitions, has been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic, Make, Wired, and broadcast on IFC and PBS. Her movable books can be found in numerous collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the British Library, the Boston Library, as well as numerous University and private collections.