Beth Meyerand

Position title: Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff Affairs


Studio portrait of Beth Meyerand, vice provost for faculty and staff affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


Faculty and Staff

Areas of Responsibility

As part of the Office of the Provost, the vice provost for faculty and staff works closely with individuals in administrative offices, deans of schools and colleges and other units across campus to address issues of concern to faculty and staff.

The vice provost for faculty and staff supports faculty and staff recruitment and retention through the Strategic Hiring Initiative and the Faculty Diversity Initiative, as well as through the administration of the proceeds of the Vilas Trust, which provides highly prestigious professorships and awards for our faculty.

Working closely with the provost and the vice chancellor for finance and administration, the vice provost for faculty and staff supports an array of compensation programs – including the faculty block grant, the discretionary compensation fund for staff, as well as the promotion and post-tenure review increments – to reward high performance and to address compression and equity. The vice provost for faculty and staff also administers the Cluster Hiring Initiative, which provides funding to hire outstanding faculty whose innovative work crosses disciplinary boundaries.

With other campus partners, the vice provost for faculty and staff offers an array of leadership and professional development opportunities for chairs, assistant professors, and members of the academic staff; and provides support, advice, and resources for faculty and staff who have experienced concerns with the climate in their units.


Beth Meyerand, Ph.D., is the vice provost for faculty and staff affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Beth joined UW-Madison’s faculty in the Department of Medical Physics in 1998. A native of Rhode Island and a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, Beth values the privilege of service to others. She served as the first female Chair in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and received the Slesinger Award for excellence in mentoring. She is honored to have chaired and served on the University Committee and the Divisional Committee for the Biological Sciences.

In her field of medical imaging, Beth is a fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. She earned her B.S. degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. degree in Biophysics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Beth has directed the graduate programs in the Departments of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering and serves as Director of the Science and Medicine Graduate Research Scholars program.