Marjory S. Blumenthal
Marjory Blumenthal joined Georgetown University in August 2003 as Associate Provost, Academic. Her responsibilities range from campus-wide academic planning to oversight of selected academic units, special working groups, and diversity initiatives. She is the Provost’s liaison to the Senior Vice President for Research, working with him to represent and advance the University’s research capabilities and accomplishments. Marjory has led efforts on the Main Campus to strengthen the sciences, and she continues to coordinate science planning for the Provost. Her portfolio has an international dimension, with oversight of International Initiatives and the Office of International Programs (OIP). Another theme is the enhancement of academic excellence, in part through oversight of the Carroll Fellows Initiative, Fellowship Secretariat, Georgetown Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (GUROP), and Honor Council; the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), which focuses on pedagogical innovation; the Kennedy Institute of Ethics; department and program reviews; and new faculty orientation. She led the reconceptualization of the School of Continuing Studies, and she is a founding member of the Steering Committee for the Reflective Engagement in the Public Interest initiative. She is the University’s Accreditation Liaison Officer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and she co-chaired the 2010-2012 self-study process. She also teaches and advises students on Internet and cybersecurity trends and policy issues.
Between July 1987 and August 2003, Marjory was the Executive Director of the National Academy of Sciences' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB). She designed, directed, and oversaw collaborative study projects, workshops, and symposia on technical and policy issues in computing and telecommunications. CSTB activities, involving groups of experts from academia and industry, influence public policy as well as the scholarship or strategies of participants.
Marjory is the principal author and/or substantive editor of numerous books and articles. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Pew Internet & American Life Project and the Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee; chairs the External Advisory Board of the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing at the University of California at Los Angeles; and has an adjunct appointment at the RAND Corporation. Some of her research is supported by the Mathematics, Computers, and Information Research division of the Office of Naval Research. In 1998 Marjory was a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Laboratory for Computer Science. At MIT she developed and taught a course on public policy for computer science graduate students and pursued personal research interests. Marjory did her undergraduate work (Phi Beta Kappa) at Brown University and her graduate work (as an NSF Graduate Fellow) at Harvard University.