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Administration and Faculty



  • Denise M. Trauth, Ph.D.

President’s Cabinet

Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
J.C. Kellam Administration Building, Suite 1060

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs reports directly to President Denise M. Trauth and represents the university in all respects in the president’s absence.

As the chief academic officer, the provost is responsible for all the university’s major academic endeavors, which include supervision of all academic units and programs as well as a number of academic support and service units.

The provost is also responsible for academic strategic planning, managing the budget for the division of Academic Affairs, establishing academic policies, academic unit reviews and accreditation, academic program development in conjunction with deans, chairs/directors, and faculty representatives, and resource development for academic affairs. The Provost has responsibility for the university’s research enterprise and enrollment management operations, too.

In addition, the provost authorizes academic appointments, leads faculty development initiatives and makes recommendations to the president on all faculty evaluation decisions, including tenure and promotion, among other responsibilities. The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs works closely with and coordinates the efforts of the executive team to achieve the established goals of the university, within a framework of shared faculty governance.


Academic Deans

Academic deans are the chief executives of their colleges and the major academic officers of the university. To be effective, deans operate within a university organizational structure that clearly communicates the fundamental importance of academic concerns.

Academic deans lead in the formulation of appropriate departmental, college and university policies and are responsible for the implementation of those policies. The deans meet as the Council of Academic Deans and have responsibility for leadership in matters of curriculum, instruction and academic policy.

University College
Mary Ellen Cavitt, Ph.D.

College of Applied Arts
T. Jaime Chahin, Ph.D.

Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration
Sanjay Ramchander, D.B.A

College of Education
Michael P. O’Malley, Ed.D.

College of Fine Arts and Communication
John Fleming, Ph.D.

College of Health Professions
Ruth B. Welborn, Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts
Mary C. Brennan, Ph.D.

College of Science and Engineering
Christine E. Hailey, Ph.D.

The Graduate College
Andrea Golato, Ph.D.

Honors College
Heather C. Galloway, Ph.D.

Department Chairs and School Directors

Department chairs and school directors are the chief executives of their departments/schools and are responsible for the implementation of university, school and department policies for the development, coordination and administration of all academic programs and activities within their departments.

As representatives of their schools and departments, chairs/directors articulate program aspirations, directions, and standards to other groups inside and outside the university community.

This list reflects appointments for the 2021-2022 academic year at the time of publication of the Student Handbook in summer 2021. Visit for the most up-to-date list and contact information of chairs and directors.

Ann L. Watkins, Ph.D.

Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)
Lt. Col. Gary L. Foster, M.A.S.

Agricultural Sciences
Madan M. Dey, Ph.D.

Christina Conlee, Ph.D.

Art and Design
Michael Niblett, M.F.A.

Dittmar Hahn, Ph.D.

Chemistry and Biochemistry
William J. Brittain, Ph.D.

Clinical Laboratory Science
Rodney E. Rohde, Ph.D.

Communication Disorders
Lori L. Stiritz, interim, M.A.

Communication Studies
C. Erik Timmerman, Ph.D.

Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods
Alexander J. McLeod, Ph.D.

Computer Science
Hongchi Shi, Ph.D.

Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology
Kevin A. Fall, Ph.D.

Criminal Justice and Criminology
Christopher J. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Curriculum and Instruction
Nihat Polat, Ph.D.

Engineering Technology
William James Wilde, Ph.D.

Victoria L. Smith, Ph.D.

Family and Consumer Sciences
Andrew O. Behnke, Ph.D.

Finance and Economics
Ruby P. Kishan, Ph.D.

Yongmei Lu, Ph.D.

Health Administration
C. Scott Kruse, Ph.D.

Health and Human Performance
Karen S. Meaney, Ed.D.

Health Information Management
David Gibbs, Ph.D.

Jeffrey L. Helgeson, Ph.D.

Journalism and Mass Communication
Judy Oskam, Ed.D.

Paula Rechner, Ph.D.

Enrique Becerra, Ph.D.

Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization
Jennifer A. Irvin, Ph.D.

Ingram School of Engineering
Jesus Jimenez, Ph.D.

Susan Morey, Ph.D.

Military Science (Army ROTC)
Lt. Col. Lakicia Stokes

Joey Martin, interim, D.M.A.

St. David's School of Nursing
Marla Erbin-Roesemann, Ph.D.

Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS)
Mary Jo Biggs, Ph.D.

Craig Hanks, Ph.D.

Physical Therapy
Janet R. Bezner, Ph.D.

Mark W. Holtz, Ph.D. 

Political Science
Kenneth L. Grasso, Ph.D.

Natalie A. Ceballos, Ph.D.

Radiation Therapy
Ronnie G. Lozano, Ph.D.

Respiratory Care
Gregg Marshall, Ph.D.

Social Work
Angela R. Ausbrooks, Ph.D.

Toni T. Watts, Ph.D.

Theatre and Dance
Sarah Maines, M.F.A.

World Languages and Literatures
Lucy D. Harney Ph.D.