Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
225 New College
Athens, Ga. 30602-1685
Dr. Sarah F. Covert was appointed Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs in 2015, and her position was elevated to the Associate Provost level in 2016. Covert directs the UGA Office of Faculty Affairs, which handles faculty-related records and policies related to appointments, contracts, promotion, tenure, instructor credentials, and faculty activities. In this role, she works closely with the Provost, deans, department heads, and other administrators on matters related to faculty personnel.
In addition to supporting faculty employment actions and data, the Office of Faculty Affairs offers a range of programs that advance career and leadership development among faculty. Workshops in the Faculty Learning Series are available for every career stage, and the office offers one-on-one career coaching. The Office of Faculty Affairs also trains campus leaders and search committees on best practices for faculty searches through the use of active and systematic recruiting procedures.
As Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, a position she held from 2009-2014, Covert served as the school’s promotion and tenure unit head and also oversaw student services and instructional programs for undergraduate and graduate students. The recruitment of diverse students became an area of focus for the Warnell School under her leadership, and she oversaw instructional performance evaluations for faculty, as well as graduate assistantship funds.
Covert has served on several university-wide committees related to curriculum, instructional support, international education, program review, and strategic planning. She chaired the University’s program review and assessment committee from 2012 - 2013 and served on the University Curriculum Committee of University Council from 2009 - 2014. She has served on the SACSCOC Fifth-year Interim Report Leadership Committee and currently serves on the university’s Cabinet and Administrative Systems Advisory Committee.
She is an alumna the University System of Georgia Executive Leadership Institute and was a Fellow of the Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program, a Center for Teaching and Learning Writing Fellow, a CTL Lilly Teaching Fellow, and a CTL Senior Teaching Fellow.
Covert is a Professor in the Warnell School and has held courtesy appointments in the genetics and plant biology departments in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and in the plant pathology department in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Covert is the co-principal investigator of a $3 million National Science Foundation grant to promote active and evidence-based learning and has garnered nearly $6 million in external funding for her research on economically and ecologically significant fungal pathogens. Her journal articles have been cited nearly 3,800 times, and she holds a patent for transgenic plants that have a high tolerance to drought and extreme light conditions. She was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007.
Covert joined UGA’s faculty in 1993 after completing a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona. She earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in biochemistry from Dartmouth College and earned her doctorate in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.