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Barbara Landau

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Office of the Provost, 276 Garland Hall
The Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21218
Phone: (410) 410-516-8993
Fax: (410) 516-8035
E-mail: landau@cogsci.jhu.edu
Web page: http://web.jhu.edu/cogsci/people/faculty/Landau/ and

Barbara Landau, the Dick and Lydia Todd Professor and chair of the Department of Cognitive Science, was appointed vice provost of faculty affairs effective July 1, 2011. A Johns Hopkins faculty member since 2001, she divides her time between her new role and her research lab.

As vice provost, Dr. Landau works closely with the vice deans of faculty and with faculty across the university to advance and promote their important work. In concert with her colleagues in the schools, she concentrates her efforts on ensuring the continued excellence of Johns Hopkins faculty by enhancing faculty development initiatives, increasing faculty diversity and improving the quality of faculty life.

Dr. Landau, whose research focuses on the nature, acquisition and development of human knowledge of space and language, is a noted authority on Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder caused by the absence of genes in a person's chromosomal makeup.

Dr. Landau became chair of Cognitive Science in 2006. She received her B.A. in sociology in 1970 and a Ph.D. in psychology in 1982, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Johns Hopkins, she held faculty positions at Columbia University, the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Delaware.

In 2009, Dr. Landau was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Cognitive Science Society, the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association.

[Updated July 2011]