Open forums planned for associate vice provost hopefuls

Michael Kolb and Joel Stafstrom
Michael Kolb and Joel Stafstrom

Open forums are scheduled Tuesday, May 13, for the two candidates vying for the position of associate vice provost for academic affairs.

Michael Kolb will talk and take questions from 10:35 to 11:15 a.m. Joel Stafstrom will talk and take questions from 2:15 to 3 p.m.

Both forums take place in Room 406 of the Holmes Student Center.

The associate vice provost for academic affairs assists the vice provost with the undergraduate curriculum and committees, transfer student initiatives with community colleges and student issues.

In particular, the associate vice provost is responsible for overseeing the General Education Program, the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS), the Bachelor of Science in Applied Management (BSAM) and working with the director of the First- and Second-Year Experience.

Meanwhile, the associate vice provost serves as a spokesperson for academic excellence and is a strong advocate for student career success.

Kolb, the acting associate vice provost since 2013, is coordinator for General Education at NIU and chair of the Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies Task Force. The professor in the Department of Anthropology, who joined NIU in 1995, was named a Presidential Teaching Professor this spring.

Stafstrom, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, joined NIU in 1996. He is a full member of the NIU Plant Molecular Biology Center, having served as director from 2001 to 2004, and was director of the NIU Center for Biochemical and Biophysical Studies from 2008 to 2011.

For more information, call (815) 753-8381 or email jrat@niu.edu.

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