The deputy provost for faculty affairs works in close partnership with the deans, vice provosts, academic department chairs, and other members of the university leadership team. The DPFA serves as a liaison to ensure effective two-way communications between the provost's office and Lehigh's faculty and its academic standing committees. The deputy provost's areas of responsibility include shared governance and faculty career development.
Robert Flowers is an alumnus of Lehigh University earning his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1991. Prior to joining Lehigh, he taught at the University of Toledo and Texas Tech University. His teaching accomplishments were recognized with the Outstanding Teacher Award at the University of Toledo in 1998 and designation as a Master Teacher in 2000. His research accomplishments were recognized with the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award at Texas Tech University in 2002.
Dr. Flowers became a member of Lehigh’s Chemistry Department faculty in 2003 and served as department chair from 2003-2015. He has served as the Danser Distinguished Faculty Chair in Chemistry since 2008. At Lehigh, he received the Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Research Award in 2012 and the Dean’s Award for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity in 2016. In 2012 he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
His academic research interests are in the mechanistic analysis and development of electron transfer reagents in organic synthesis, organometallic chemistry, calorimetric analysis of intermolecular interactions, and applications of back-scattering interferometry in molecular recognition. Dr. Flowers has been an active service contributor at the college and university levels including membership in the Academic Department Chairs Executive Committee, the Graduate Research Committee, and the College of Arts & Sciences Tenure Committee.
Appointed as Lehigh’s Deputy Provost for Faculty Affairs in 2017, Dr. Flowers assists the provost across a wide variety of faculty protocols and projects, including shared governance, policies for faculty appointments and retention; reappointment, tenure and promotion reviews and the policies and procedures under which they occur; professional development programs for Lehigh faculty members; and the university’s work-life balance support policies, through to and including faculty retirement. He works in close partnership with the deans, vice provosts, academic department chairs, and other members of the university leadership team and serves as a liaison to ensure effective two-way communications between the provost's office and Lehigh's faculty and academic committees.
Robert A. Flowers II
Deputy Provost for Faculty Affairs