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 (see full mission statement). 

Academic Affairs Staff

Mary McGee
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


  • Harvard University, 1987, Th.D History of Religions
  • Harvard University, 1977, M.T.S. History of Religions
  • Georgetown University, 1975, B.A. Sociology
  • Vitae

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