Flowers Named Associate Vice Provost for Advocacy and Conflict Resolution
Benjamin Flowers, professor in the School of Architecture, has been named the associate vice provost for Advocacy and Conflict Resolution (AVP-ACR), effective Oct. 15, 2018.
As the AVP-ACR, Flowers will oversee the interpretation and enforcement of Georgia Tech policies and rules and the grievances, complaints, and inquiries by administrators, faculty, staff, and students, including allegations of academic, scholarly, or research misconduct, and other academic issues concerning compliance with policies and procedures.
“I am very pleased to announce Professor Flowers as our new associate vice provost for Advocacy and Conflict Resolution,” said Rafael L. Bras, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “In his 13 years of service to Georgia Tech, he has proven himself to be a committed educator, leader, and collaborator. I believe he will help move us forward and advance a proactive approach to advocacy and conflict resolution for our faculty, staff, and students.”
Flowers joined the Georgia Tech faculty as part of the School of Architecture in 2005. He has served as the chair and vice-chair of the Institute’s Graduate Curriculum Committee as well as the director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Architecture. He was selected as part of the second cohort of the Emerging Leaders Program at Georgia Tech in 2017 and is also an alumnus of Georgia Tech’s Leadership Roundtable program. He is currently a Provost Teaching and Learning Fellow in the College of Design. Flowers also received the College of Design’s Georgia Power Professor of Excellence Award in 2012 and the School of Architecture’s Dean William Fash Teaching Excellence Award in 2017.
“I am enthusiastic about accepting the position of AVP-ACR and for the opportunity to support the research, teaching, and service endeavors of our faculty, staff, and students,” said Flowers. “I thank Provost Bras and look forward to serving as an advocate and to supporting the policies and practices that will enable the continued academic and operational excellence for our Georgia Tech community.”
Flowers is an expert in architectural history, theory, and criticism. His research focuses on monumental urban projects, particularly skyscrapers and stadia. His books on the subject include: Skyscraper: The Politics and Power of Building New York City in the Twentieth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), Architecture in an Age of Uncertainty (Ashgate Press, 2014), Sport and Architecture (Routledge, 2017), and Beautiful Moves: Designing Stadia (Lund Humphries, 2018). He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Wesleyan University.
The AVP-ACR position is a 75 percent appointment in an academic faculty title and reports to the provost, operationally coordinating with the office of the vice provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development.