Provost and Vice President Kim Schatzel shares goals, vision and staffing moves with EMU community

by Geoff Larcom, Published March 08, 2012

Note: EMU Provost and Vice President Kim Schatzel sent the following email out to faculty and staff in Academic Affairs on Thursday, March 8. It is reprinted here for viewing by all other interested EMU employees.

Dear Colleagues,

I have recently completed my eighth week as provost and my experiences have reaffirmed my already firm belief in the many strengths that can be found at Eastern Michigan University, as well as the talent and dedication of our fine faculty, staff, and students.  Since I joined the university in January, I have tried to listen hard and consult widely.  During these weeks, I have heard several consistent themes toward action from the numerous groups of students, faculty, and staff I have met with.  You told me:  

  1. We need to improve our process of advising, course scheduling, and catalog management  as they directly impact our retention, progress-to-degree, and graduation rates;
  2. We need to strengthen our internationalization efforts to provide our students and faculty with global research/educational opportunities, as well as increase our international student enrollment;
  3.  We need to strengthen/increase our research/scholarship activities, grant awards, and graduate program offerings;
  4. We need to reinvent/revitalize Extended Programs and Educational Outreach (EPEO) as a unique strength of the university that will directly impact enrollment growth;
  5. We need to continue to improve the process of budgeting to make it even more inclusive and transparent, and to identify/support opportunities for growth and excellence.

This list is by no means all-inclusive, final, nor formal. But it does give me great insight regarding the areas of concern and opportunity shared by many on our campus, and has helped greatly in my orientation to Eastern. So I thank all of you .. and there were many ..  who took the time out of your busy schedules to meet with me, warmly welcome me, and share your thoughts and ideas about Eastern.  I plan to keep this list close to me and refer to it often as we work together towards Eastern's very bright future.

As you also know, President Martin recently transferred The Office of Enrollment Management to the Provost's Office. I have spent the last week or so getting to know our colleagues from this office and learn more about them, their organizations, and their activities. As you also know, in the summer of 2011, Interim Associate Provosts Jim Carroll and Rhonda Longworth took over day-to-day operations of the Provost's Office and managed the office's responsibilities and duties until I arrived on campus this past January.  

As we move to the close of the academic year and the beginning of a new one, it makes great sense to integrate further Enrollment Management and the Provost's Office, as well as to clarify the reporting and administrative responsibilities of this newly re-organized Division of Academic Affairs. Towards that goal, the following changes will be made effective Monday, March 12. They are:

  1. Interim Associate Provost James Carroll to Interim Associate Provost for Research and Administration and Interim Dean of the Graduate School. This move places an Associate Provost directly responsible for the Graduate School along with the Office of Research Development. This move is intended to support more quality research /scholarship and grant activities by our faculty and students.  Dr. Deb deLaski-Smith will assume the position of Interim Director of Graduate Programs reporting to Dr. Carroll.
  2. Dr. Stephen Burwood, from Director of EPEO-International Programs, to Director of the Office of International Studies. This move will combine the Study Abroad Programs from the Division of Academic Affairs, and the Office of International Students from Enrollment Management, into one university-wide Office of International Studies.
  3. Interim Associate Provost Rhonda Longworth to Interim Associate Provost for Academic Programming and Services. This move integrates all academic services (e.g., University Advising and Career Development Center (UACDC), the Holman Success Center, Promoting Academic Survival and Success (PASS), the Disability Resource Center (DRC), Catalog, and Records and Registration) that support our students' retention , progress-to-degree, and graduation rates (e.g. advising, registration, and student success) with university-wide academic programming efforts.
  4. Dr. Bin Ning, Assistant VP and Executive Director of Institutional Research and Information Management (IRIM), will assume oversight responsibility for the Provost's Office regarding university-wide accreditation and assessment activities.
  5. Dr. Lynette Findley, Assistant Vice President for Retention and Student Success, will move to Assistant Vice President for Academic Success Partnerships, and will be responsible for Keys to Degrees, and the Summer Incentive (SIP) and UPrep Opening Doors (UPODS) Programs. She will report directly to me and will work with me to identify and support development of innovative educational partnerships/programs supported by external funding.
  6. Dr. Rebecca Sipe, Director of the Honors College, will move from reporting to Interim Associate Provost Longworth to reporting directly to me.
  7. Dr. Malverne Winborne, Director of Charter Schools, and Dr. Jann Joseph, Dean of the College of Education, will strengthen their already close collaboration in response to an increased emphasis by charter schools to foster partnership relationships with colleges of education. This will include sharing collaborative space, so the Charter Schools Offices will be relocating to the Dean's Suite of the College of Education.
  8. Ms. Julie Knutson, from Director of Innovative Programs and Support Services, to Interim Director of EMUOnline, Extended Programs, and Regional Sites. Ms. Knutson currently reports to Interim Associate Provost Carroll. This move will result in her reporting directly to me and will allow us to work closely to revitalize/reinvent our strategy for online education, including increased support for instructional design and pedagogy; extending our online degree programs  and enrollment well beyond Michigan; and rationalizing our extended programs and regional sites for future growth.

Again, thank you for all your efforts to support my transition to Eastern.  I am proud to be part of this historic and important university. There is much to be proud of at Eastern Michigan University ... and great things ahead.

All the best,



Geoff Larcom


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