Beth Winkelstein Appointed Vice Provost for Education

George PappasBeth Winkelstein, professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Associate Dean for
Undergraduate Education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named Vice Provost for Education.

"Beth Winkelstein is a world-renowned researcher, an educational innovator, a widely admired administrator – and a Penn graduate," said Provost Vincent Price. "I cannot imagine a more dynamic and experienced leader to advance the exemplary legacy of Andy Binns as Vice Provost for Education."

Winkelstein's research focuses on the mechanisms of bodily injury – especially injuries from sports, automobile accidents, or degenerative diseases that produce persistent pain in the neck and spine – and has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense, among many others, including a Presidential Early Career Award from the NSF. The author of Orthopaedic Biomechanics (2012) and more than a hundred papers and book chapters, she serves as editor of the /Journal of Biomechanical Engineering/ and is a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, which awarded her its Y.C. Fung Young Investigator Award in 2006.

At Penn, she has served since 2012 as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in SEAS and before that as Chair of the Graduate Group in Bioengineering and a Penn Fellow, the cross-university program for select Penn faculty members to develop leadership skills, build alliances across disciplines, and gain deeper knowledge of university governance. In partnership with Dean Dennis DeTurck of the College of Arts and Sciences, she leads Penn’s multi-year grant from the American Association of Universities to improve the quality of teaching in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, especially through new techniques of active in-class learning. SEAS students have twice awarded her the Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising, and, in 2012-13, she led the cross-campus working group that studied best practices in undergraduate research as part of the University’s reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Winkelstein has taught at Penn since 2002, following a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Dartmouth College and a PhD in Bioengineering from Duke University. She received a BSE cum laude in Bioengineering from Penn in 1993, as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar.

The Vice Provost for Education has primary responsibility for undergraduate and graduate education at Penn, developing and implementing policies that promote academic excellence, innovative teaching and learning, and interdisciplinary knowledge across the University. The Vice Provost chairs the Council of Undergraduate Deans, the Council of Graduate Deans, the Council of Professional Master’s Degree Deans, the Graduate Council of the Faculties, and the Faculty Advisory Council for Access and Academic Support Initiatives and works closely with the wide range of student services and resources overseen by the Vice Provost for University Life. College Houses and Academic Services, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Graduate Student Center, and the Office of Student Conduct all report to the Vice Provost for Education.