Dr. Ronald S. Banzon
Dr. Ronald S. Banzon is Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA). His first order of business is to upgrade basic office equipment at the OVCAA and associated offices at the Diliman Interactive Learning Center, explaining that the resulting enhanced working environment is expected to increase the efficiency of the office.
Banzon hopes that UPD will be able to clearly define standards and rationalize various procedures in such a manner as to make possible the approximate uniformity of guidelines across the colleges. These would include merit promotion, awarding of professorial chairs/faculty grants and graduate student guidelines. He expects that it will take some work to obtain a consensus on a system that in principle would be applicable to all units, and whose measures would somehow enable an appropriate comparison of similar entities from different units/colleges. He adds that once the system is in place, it becomes easy to operate in a more transparent manner.
An Associate Professor at the College of Science (CS), Banzon obtained a Bachelor of Science and a doctorate degree (Physics) from the UPD in 1983 and 1997, respectively. While pursuing his master’s degree at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, he served as teaching assistant (1986-1987; 1989-1991) and as a research assistant (1987-1988) at the Department of Physics. He was awarded a fellowship at the RPI from 1988 to 1989, and worked as a researcher at the Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research of the New York State Health Department (WCLR-NYSHD) in Albany.
Banzon joined the University as Instructor at the National Institute of Physics (NIP) of the CS in 1984, where he also served as Assistant to the College Secretary for a year. In February 1997, he was promoted Assistant Professor and was appointed Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, whose office he served until May 2006. He was CS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from June 2006 to March 2011. A month to his current appointment as vice chancellor, Banzon was Acting Dean of CS, taking over the post from Dr. Caesar A. Saloma, who assumed his new appointment as Chancellor of UPD.
He has supervised the thesis and dissertation of more than 20 graduated students at the NIP in the undergraduate, master’s and doctorate levels. He is currently co-supervising three students with Dr. Cristine Villagonzalo.—Chi A. Ibay Read UPdate Special Issue