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Rebecca Ropers-Huilman
Vice Provost
110 Morrill Hall
(612) 626-9545

Rebecca Ropers-Huilman began her work as Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs in January of 2016. In this role, she is primarily responsible for promotion and tenure processes, faculty and academic leadership development, new faculty orientation, faculty recognition and reviews, and supporting and maximizing the potential of faculty in their scholarly contributions especially as aligned with the strategic plan.

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Additionally, she is broadly and collaboratively responsible for promoting an environment in which a diverse faculty are recruited and supported as they enrich the ability of the University to fulfill its mission.

Ropers-Huilman brings to this role experience as a faculty member studying equity and change in higher education for twenty years, leading the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Louisiana State University and of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota, directing a Women’s Center, and editing the international journal Feminist Formations. Additionally, she served in faculty governance, including as chair of the faculty governance executive body at the University from 2014-15.  In spring of 2014, she was Fulbright-Klagenfurt Visiting Professor in Higher Education Research in Vienna, studying how gender mainstreaming policy was enacted  or resisted in Austrian universities and throughout the European Higher Education Area. She has published four books and more than 50 scholarly works related to equity, diversity, and change in higher education and has advised 40 doctoral students to completion. Drawing on her scholarship and professional experience, Ropers-Huilman grounds her scholarship and leadership in an understanding of the social role of higher education in creating inclusive and engaged communities.

Ole Gram
Associate Vice Provost
110 Morrill Hall
(612) 624-5082

Ole Gram's primary responsibilities include implementation of key policies and initiatives, development and review of policies related to evaluation of teaching, outside professional commitments, promotion and tenure processes, responses to faculty issues, faculty leaves, salary equity, faculty awards, and faculty and department head/chair professional development.

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He serves as the University's liaison to the Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officer program and oversees the University's multi-campus implementation of the Works faculty activity reporting system.

He joined the Office for Faculty and Academic Affairs in 2010 and has extensive professional experience in higher education.

Key responsibilities/key contact:

  • Policy review and implementation (evaluation of teaching, outside professional commitment, promotion and tenure, faculty development leaves)
  • Promotion and tenure processes
  • Post-tenure review processes
  • Faculty salary equity review processes
  • COACHE faculty satisfaction survey
  • Faculty and Chairs/Heads leadership and development programs
  • Oversight of the Works faculty activity reporting system implementation
Jaclyn Adair
Executive Assistant
140D Morrill Hall
(612) 625-5652

Jaclyn assists the vice provost through the coordination of central University processes related to promotion and tenure, annual reviews of probationary faculty, extensions of the probationary period, external tenured hires, single semester leaves and sabbaticals. She serves as the college and campus point person for these areas and joined the Faculty and Academic Affairs in October, 2012. She has worked at the University of Minnesota since 2008 after earning a B.A in art.

Chris Bremer
Faculty Awards Coordinator
150A Morrill Hall
(612) 625-6176

Chris’s portfolio in Faculty and Academic Affairs includes promoting the nomination of faculty for significant external awards and managing the nomination and selection processes for University-wide McKnight and teaching awards. She also works with members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers to plan, implement, and evaluate projects to improve teaching and learning across the University. The Scholars Walk is one way the University recognizes distinguished scholars; Chris is part of the team responsible for updates and improvements. Chris joined the office in September 2012 and has worked at the University since 2000, after completing a Ph.D. in work, community and family education in CEHD.

Carol Carrier
Professor and Special Assistant
130A Morrill Hall
(612) 624-4515

Carol Carrier is a professor and special projects administrator within the office.  She works on a variety of projects that involve faculty matters.  Examples include salary equity reviews, promotion and tenure reviews, and conducting faculty exit interviews.  Prior to work in this office, Carol served as the U of M’s vice president for human resources and as a special assistant for the senior vice president for system administration.  She received her Ph.D from Syracuse University.

Erin Edwards
Business Analyst/Special Projects Manager
170B Morrill Hall

Erin is the project manager for Works, the University of Minnesota's multi-campus implementation and integration of an online faculty activity reporting system. Her primary responsibility is to support colleges and departments through the successful implementation of Works. This includes onboarding and training faculty and staff, serving as the liaison to the University's Office of Information Technology, and engaging with collegiate administrators in the review of business processes and technologies used in annual activity review and other faculty-centered activities. She also supports the University community in the collection, governance, and reporting of faculty data. Erin received her M.A. in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development in Higher Education in 2016 from the University of Minnesota.

David Langley
Education Program Specialist
140C Morrill Hall
(612) 625-3343

David leads the planning and organizing of New Faculty Orientation and the New Faculty Program. He facilitates initiatives on faculty development and also contributes to the development and revision of numerous documents on educational development at the U. David works half-time for the Center for Educational Innovation and has a Ph. D in exercise and movement science from the University of Oregon. He was a former faculty member at three different institutions and has been the director of two university-wide teaching centers in the past. 

Cecilia Mazumdar Stanger
Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
110 Morrill Hall
(612) 626-9545

Cecilia Mazumdar Stanger supports Faculty and Academic Affairs staff and office operations in a number of ways. She coordinates events and programs, manages calendars for the office, facilitates communication from the vice provost, and serves as the point of contact for several initiatives that the vice provost supports, including the Women and Girls of Color Engagement and Research Initiative. Cecilia received her B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota in 2015.