Academic Affairs

Office of Academic Affairs

Mission Statement

The Academic Affairs Division endeavors to support faculty and students in the teaching and learning mission by providing curricula, personnel, services, and programs in the liberal arts and sciences tradition.

Our goals are:

  • To support faculty in fulfilling their roles as creators and providers of the curriculum.
  • To provide support for quality graduate and undergraduate programs that prepare students for careers and lifelong learning by inculcating the principles of active learning, critical thinking, inclusiveness, diversity, global perspectives, and interdisciplinary experiences.
  • To inspire excellence in research, scholarship, creative work, and community service.
  • To advocate for and empower students in their academic and professional undertakings.
  • To impart effective, just, and consistent academic policies, programs, and practices.
  • To model effective leadership and collaboration to the entire campus and to make available and promote the resources of our division for positive community impact.
  • To ensure institutional effectiveness through careful planning, assessment, and fiscal responsibility.
  • To provide service to the campus and external community that is conducive to promoting the college’s principles of service excellence.

Academic Affairs Staff

Karen Campbell, Ph.D.

Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


  • Ph.D.: Indiana University (Vertebrate Physiology & Zoology)
  • M.Sc.: York University (Invertebrate Endocrinology & Biochemistry)
  • B.Sc.: Queen’s University (Biology & Zoology)

Dr. Joseph M. Thomas

Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Affairs


  • Ph.D., English, Rutgers University (New Brunswick), 1993
  • M.A., English, University of Texas (Austin), 1984
  • B.A., University of Texas (Austin), summa cum laude, 1977 Major: Philosophy

Areas of Specialization

  • American literature and culture, primarily 19th century
  • Emerson and Transcendentalism
  • American poetry
  • African-American literature and the slave narrative
  • Textual and editorial theory and practice
  • Vitae

Angela M. Fonte

Manager of Academic Affairs Administrative Services

Karen E. Shuker

Secretary, Academic Affairs

Leigh Anne Fernandes

Faculty Governance Assistant