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Academic Leadership

About the Provost

Cheryl Brandsen, ProvostDr. Cheryl Brandsen (PhD, sociology and social work, Michigan State University, 2001) is the eighth chief academic officer of Calvin College, a position she assumed in 2014. Provost Brandsen has served in various roles at her alma mater since 1989, including six years as an academic dean (2008–2014) and six years as department chair for the sociology and social work department (2002–2008). She has 25 years of experience in the classroom teaching sociology and social work courses especially in her areas of scholarly work: gerontology, death and dying, and the ways in which Christian faith—particularly the Reformed tradition—shapes and informs policy regarding end-of-life care.

The Provost's Council

The Provost's Council meets regularly to advise the provost regarding both strategic planning and the development of policy and programs. The Provost's Council comprises the following deans and directors:

Academic Deans
Stanley L. Haan, PhD (Colorado), professor of physics
Elizabeth Vander Lei, PhD (Arizona State), professor of English
Dean for Academic Administration
Michael J. Stob, PhD (Chicago), professor of mathematics
Director of Academic Services
Thomas L. Steenwyk, MA (Michigan State), registrar
Dean for Research and Scholarship
Matthew S. Walhout, PhD (Maryland), professor of physics
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim, PhD (Wisconsin-Madison), associate professor of German
Associate Dean for Programs and Partnerships
William Katerberg, PhD (Queen's University), professor of history
Associate Dean for Curriculum and Planning
Todd Dornbos, MPA (Grand Valley State), director of retention

The Academic Council

The Academic Council meets periodically to coordinate and implement broad, division-wide strategic initiatives. In addition to the deans and directors listed above, the Academic Council includes the following:

Dean of the Library
Glenn Remelts, MLS (Western Michigan), director of the Hekman Library
Dean of Teacher Education
James Rooks, EdD (Toronto), professor of education
Director of Off-Campus Programs
Donald De Graaf, PhD (Oregon), professor of kinesiology
Director of the Service-Learning Center
Jeffrey Bouman, PhD (Michigan)
Director of Community Engagement
Gail Heffner, PhD (Pittsburgh)