Staff & Responsibilities

Meet the staff of the Office of the Provost 
and Dean of the College

Robbin Chapman is the Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity and Inclusion and supports the College’s diversity and inclusion priorities. Robbin teams with two colleagues from the staff and student areas to advance the priorities of the Partnerships for Diversity and Inclusion. She also works closely with the Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center on faculty development and student achievement issues, and with academic departments as they conduct searches for new faculty members. More > >


Nancy Coleman is Associate Provost and Director of Strategic Growth Initiatives.  She is responsible for collaborating with faculty and staff to lead and advance a multipronged initiative to generate new revenues for the College. This includes exploring how to extend existing programs, activities, and uses of our campus, as well as fostering the development of new educational offerings that are distinct from—but build upon—the strengths and assets of our exceptional undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. On academic initiatives, Nancy works in close partnership with the Deans, individual faculty members, and appropriate committees of Academic Council.

Jennifer Ellis is the Clerk of the Committee on Faculty Appointments. Jen manages and supports the work of the Committee on Faculty Appointments (CFA) and the Advisory Committee on Merit relating to faculty reappointment, tenure, promotion, merit and sabbatical leave decisions. She acts as the liaison between the Provost and Dean of Faculty Affairs, CFA and merit committee members, Reappointments and Promotions Committees and faculty under review.  In addition, Jen is responsible for the faculty leave application process for sabbaticals, early leaves and professional development leaves.


Ruth Frommer is the Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs. Ruth oversees all administrative Human Resources processes for faculty including hiring, staffing, and contract-related activities, salary changes, visa/immigration issues, resignations and retirements. In addition, she manages faculty leave eligibility and applications for non-sabbatical leaves (e.g., medical, parental, unpaid). Ruth works with the Provost to manage the early retirement program for faculty, provides the primary support for the Agenda Committee and the Advisory Committee on Academic Staffing, and manages faculty SEQ access.


Jessica Gaudreau is the Academic Budget and and Operations Administrator in the Office of the Provost and Dean of the College.  She supports the Assistant Provost for Budget and Operations. She maintains the financial records for conference travel, faculty awards, educational research and development, and named professorships. She administers the elections for committees of Academic Council.



Susan Lange is the Faculty Information Administrator in the Office of the Provost and Dean of the College. She supports the Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs. She is responsible for all administrative information processes relating to faculty including contract letters, data entry, salary letters and leaves. Susan maintains the faculty handbook and faculty roster, handles staffing requests, and serves as the faculty liaison to LTS. In addition, Susan assists with the faculty sabbatical leave process, including processing/monitoring leave applications and grant proposals, preparing notification letters, and tracking leave reports and intents.

Kathy Sanger is the Office Manager and Assistant to the Provost and Dean of the College. She provides direct support to the Provost and two deans, manages communication with internal and external constituencies, schedules appointments for the provost and deans with committees and individuals, and manages various projects for department. She is responsible for the day-to-day office operations.



Beccah Wells Sparkes is the Assistant Provost for Budget and Operations. She supports the work of the provost in all facility renovation projects and campus-wide technology initiatives.





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