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Vice Provost for Academic Affairs


As Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Ronald Thisted works with deans and chairs on faculty appointments, promotions, recruitments, and retentions. He provides leadership to the University in navigating an increasingly complex regulatory environment for research and publication, ensuring that key areas of compliance and policy, such as conflicts of interest and commitment, further rather than detract from our ability to engage in transformative scholarship, innovation, and education.  Ron fosters a service-oriented approach to the many roles in faculty life and academic affairs overseen by the Provost and leads, on behalf of the Provost, on key research, education, and individual faculty issues. 

Mr. Thisted is a Professor in the Departments of Public Health Sciences, Statistics, Anesthesia & Critical Care and the College at the University of Chicago.  His research involves statistical computation, statistical methods for understanding and visualizing data, research reproducibility, and the design and analysis of clinical trials and epidemiologic studies, with particular attention to prostate cancer and to neurological diseases such as ALS, MS, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and stroke. Thisted’s writing reflects the breadth of his interests, with more than 150 publications on topics including statistical methods, computation, public health, religion, and Shakespearean vocabulary. Thisted has spent decades in leadership and mentoring roles, which include service as chair of the department of Health Studies (now Public Health Sciences), co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program, co-director of the Clinical Research Training Program, director of the biostatistics core facility in the Comprehensive Cancer Center, and co-director of population sciences in the Institute for Translational Medicine. Thisted is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a winner of the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and Mathematics from Pomona College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Statistics from Stanford.