Last Fall Professor Luis Falcon who had been Vice Provost for Graduate Education since 2004 returned to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

I am pleased to inform the Northeastern community that Ni (Phil) He, Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, has joined the Provost’s Office as Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education as of January 1, 2012, initially in a half time appointment.

Professor He, who has been at Northeastern for almost 10 years, is an expert on the legal system and criminal justice practices in China. He has worked closely with both the John D. and Catharine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation in recent years to conduct empirical legal research and to promote evidence-based legal reforms in China. As a faculty member and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice he has provided dedicated service and effective leadership in developing and strengthening the School’s highly competitive graduate programs.

In his new role he will be working with me, the Graduate Associate Deans of the Colleges, the Graduate Council of the Faculty Senate, and other important constituencies on a broad range of graduate issues, from approval of new courses and programs, to evaluating and enhancing the competitiveness of Masters and PhD programs.

I look forward to working with Phil to continue to strengthen our graduate programs. Please join me in congratulating him on his appointment.

Mel Bernstein
Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education