Announcement of Retirement of Hazel Morrow-Jones, PhD

Date:  May 26, 2015

To:      University Community

From:  Joseph E. Steinmetz, PhD, Executive Vice President and Provost 

Ré:       Announcement of Retirement of Hazel Morrow-Jones, PhD

Dear Colleagues,

I write to share the news that Hazel Morrow-Jones, PhD, professor of city and regional planning and associate provost for women’s policy initiatives and director of The Women’s Place (TWP), has advised me that she will retire from the university.  Her retirement is effective June 30. 

Hazel joined Ohio State’s faculty in 1988 as an assistant professor in the City and Regional Planning Section of the Knowlton School of Architecture in the College of Engineering.  As a faculty member, she has taught at all levels; her work has been widely published; and her service contributions have been extensive -- in her academic unit, college and across the university. 

Since 2010, in her role as associate provost for women’s policy initiatives and director of TWP, she worked tirelessly and effectively to catalyze change at Ohio State.  In this regard, she has stepped up TWP’s momentum on a broad array of initiatives, collaborating with academic- and academic-support units across the university.  

For example, Hazel organized the implicit bias collaborative, worked with the OAA data group to evaluate the policy of extending the tenure clock for birth, adoption and related issues, and helped to establish the Office of Gender Initiatives in STEMM.  In addition, she collaborated with the leaders of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Gender Initiatives in STEMM to develop diversity training for senior-level search committees and workshops about implicit bias for the university community. 

She also worked on evaluating and extending leadership training initiatives, including the President and Provost’s Leadership Institute, the Staff Leadership Series, the New Chair Workshops and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s academic leadership development programs.  She continued to provide training to the university community in the Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations and connected this work to the implicit bias effort.  She redesigned the structure and leadership team of the President and Provost’s Council on Women as a more fully engaged advisory group to the president and provost on issues affecting women.  Further, in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research and a data group in the Office of Human Resources, she continued to publish the annual report on the “Status Report on Women at Ohio State” and also redesigned it to showcase the university’s diversity efforts.

Please join me in thanking Hazel for her many academic and leadership contributions to the university.  I have also appreciated her friendship and wish her well in her retirement and future endeavors.

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