Rania Sanford

Assistant Vice Provost, Faculty Development and Diversity

Stanford University

US United States

Rania Sanford has been the Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Stanford University since 2013.  In this new role, she launched the professional and leadership development portfolio of programs for faculty across Stanford's 7 schools.  She works closely with campus leaders on matters related to faculty transitions, integration and success, and more specifically on systemic transformation in relation to diversity and inclusion practices.  Rania's interests span leadership, organizational change, international education, and adult development.  Her collaboration with Amy Kinch at the University of Montana explores the future of faculty needs and demands within a competency framework-- work that she published and presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities and at the PODNetwork. She is a founding member, and past treasurer, of the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and serves on several Stanford standing committees that are charged with oversight and strategy in areas of graduate education, postdoctoral training, and support for faculty. She also serves on advisory board of the Markaz: Resource Center for Engagement with the Cultures and Peoples of the Muslim World.  Rania is a recipient of the 2012 Stanford University Postdoctoral Association Recognition Award.  She has been at Stanford since 1995, as Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs (2009-2012), Assistant Dean for Academic Services at the School of Education (2004-2009), and as the manager of the fellowship programs at the Stanford Humanities Center earlier in her career.   Rania has a BA in Journalism and MA in Communication, with emphasis on intercultural communication, an EdD in Organizational Leadership, and is an MBTI Certified Practitioner®.