Stanford names new director of undergraduate advising and research

Louis E. Newman
Louis E. Newman (Photo courtesy of Louis E. Newman)

This week, Stanford welcomes LOUIS E. NEWMAN, the university’s new associate vice provost and director of undergraduate advising and research, to campus.

Before coming to Stanford, Newman worked for more than three decades at Carleton College, a private liberal arts college in Minnesota. In his most recent post at Carleton, Newman served as the associate dean of the college and director of advising.

In that position, Newman helped redesign Carleton’s academic advising program, oversaw its Center for Community and Civic Engagement, and promoted faculty-student research opportunities while overseeing the coordination of curricular and research support.

Additionally, he oversaw Carleton’s Institutional Review Board, which reviews and approves research involving human subjects to ensure the research is conducted in accordance with all federal, institutional and ethical guidelines.

HARRY J. ELAM JR., vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford and a professor of theater and performance studies, said the hiring process revealed Newman’s many strengths.

“Louis is a compassionate and insightful leader, one who listens to the spirit behind the words and who cares deeply for all students, ensuring that they have the best educational experience possible,” Elam said.

At Carleton, Newman also was a faculty member in the Religion Department and taught courses in Judaic studies. His research focuses on Jewish ethics and contemporary Jewish life and thought, especially in America. His most recent book, Repentance: The Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah, was published in 2010.

Newman held several administrative posts throughout his tenure at Carleton, including director of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, director of faculty development, and chair of the Curriculum and Academic Standing Committee and the Education Committee.

Newman earned a doctorate in Judaic Studies at Brown University in Rhode Island in 1983.

He succeeds ROB URSTEIN, who is now the managing director of global innovation programs and a lecturer in management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.