Susan Carlson serves as Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and has responsibility for systemwide policy and practice in faculty recruitment, retention, diversity, and compensation. With support of a staff of 10, she serves as steward for the Academic Personnel Manual (contains regulations on ladder-rank faculty, research faculty and health science clinical faculty, lecturers, librarians, and postdoctoral scholars), supervises the development of policy review and enhancements, and provides the academic perspective on labor contracts. Her office develops and analyzes data on faculty and academic appointments University-wide and works closely with campus academic administrators and the Faculty Senate on academic affairs issues and initiatives. She reports to the UC Regents on faculty personnel issues. She is a Professor of English at UC Davis.
In 2011-12, she led two Taskforces on faculty compensation: The Joint Senate-Administration Taskforce on Faculty Salary and the Taskforce on a Negotiated Salary for General campus faculty. The first resulted in a detailed report on the state of UC faculty compensation and a set of recommendations to improve faculty salaries. The second Taskforce recommended adoption of a Trial Program for a negotiated salary that would enhance recruitment and retention in multiple disciplines. She also worked with the President's Advisory Committee on Research in the Humanities to develop a new presidential initiative to support humanities research in the public sphere.
She is the PI on an NSF ADVANCE award with the goal of improving the diversity of the faculty in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). "Meeting the California Challenge" will host five Roundtables on the UC campuses, meetings which will bring research and data to bear on the challenge of recruiting a fully diverse STEM faculty. The Program is also collecting data on the faculty recruitment process on 10 campuses to understand what recruitment practices result in bringing excellent women and men, including under-represented minorities, onto our STEM faculties. In connection with this Program, her office is also coordinating UC Recruit, a systemwide application for faculty recruitment that allows job applicants, faculty search committees, and administrators to work from a single web-based application.
She serves on the President's and the Provost's Cabinets, the President's Labor Council, and is a primary consultant with Faculty Senate committees, including the University Committee on Faculty Welfare, the University Committee on Academic Personnel, and the University Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity. She collaborates regularly with the Council of Vice Chancellors, the Vice Provosts for Academic Personnel/Academic Affairs, and the Academic Personnel Directors.
In July 2012, she assumed responsibility for several key systemwide UC programs including the University of California Press, the California Digital library, UCDC, UC Education Abroad Program, UC Sacramento, UCTV, and the Online Academy.
She serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the Women's Network of the American Council on Education and on advisory boards for NSF ADVANCE Programs at UC Berkeley/UC Hastings, North Dakota State University, the University of New Hampshire, and Lehigh University. She has served as a consultant on the ACE/Sloan project on faculty retirement and The Delphi Project on The Changing Faculty and Student Success. She co-chaired a conference on "The New Norm of Faculty Flexibility: Transforming the Culture in Science and Engineering" in 2008. She has been the PI on three NSF grants on faculty diversity totaling over $4.8M.
She served as a faculty member and administrator at Iowa State University for 30 years (including appointment as Interim Provost and as Associate Provost). As a Professor of English, she published two books on women and comedy and numerous articles and essays on Shakespeare, women playwrights, and the British suffrage theatre. She taught courses in literature, writing, and women's studies; team-taught a learning community course; and she collaborated with Michael Mendelson in teaching a study abroad course in London. She has a PhD and MA from the University of Oregon and a BA from the University of Iowa.