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Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Suzanne McCotter, Ph.D.

As chief academic officer, the provost has responsibility for over 360 full-time faculty and librarians and more than fifty degree programs offered through seven schools. The Office of Academic Affairs allocates resources and administers policies that undergird faculty work with highly talented undergraduates and graduate students at a college characterized by a collaborative, engaged, rigorous intellectual community. To this end, the provost, reporting to the president, leads strategic planning. Read Full Bio

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Vice Provost

Tim Clydesdale, Ph.D.

The Vice Provost supports faculty development and review, ensures timely program review, nurtures a culture of grant writing, fosters career-ready curricular connections, and encourages excellence in teaching, advising, and community engagement. The Vice Provost oversees the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the Sustainability Institute, the Center for Community Engagement, the Career Center, and the Advising Support Center. Read Full Bio


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Associate Provost for Curriculum and Liberal Learning

Christopher “Kit” Murphy, Ph.D.

The Associate Provost for Curriculum and Liberal Learning coordinates the cross-College undergraduate academic programs that are not housed in any particular school or department, including: Faculty-Student Collaboration; the First Seminar Program (FSP); Global Engagement; Honors; Liberal Learning; the Self-Designed Major; the Summer Reading Program; and Writing. The Associate Provost is directly responsible for the Liberal Learning Program and supports and coordinates the directors and coordinators of the other programs. Read Full Bio

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Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs

Jennifer Palmgren, Ph.D.

The Assistant Provost serves as a policy and procedure resource for Academic Affairs, works with the College’s shared governance system, facilitates the approval processes for new academic programs, and reviews student complaints and appeals at the level of the Provost’s Office. Units in this area include Academic Integrity and the Office of Competitive Post-Graduate Fellowships. As the MSCHE Accreditation Liaison Officer, the Assistant Provost serves as a resource on matters related to institutional accreditation. Read Full Bio

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Director of Administration for Academic Affairs

Norma Garza

The Director of Administration oversees all academic budgets and serves as the Academic Affairs liaison to the College’s business offices. The Director of Administration also manages faculty lines and recruitment, supports searches within Academic Affairs, coordinates reports on faculty workload such as Faculty Activity Reports, and provides oversight for events and initiatives sponsored by Academic Affairs. Read Full Bio

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Executive Assistant to the Provost

Gem Perkins

The Executive Assistant to the Provost supports the chief academic officer with day to day executive details, supports faculty and staff recruitment, plans and coordinates events related to faculty and faculty emeriti, provides support to shared governance committees such as the College Promotion and Tenure Committee, and works with Human Resources to coordinate performance evaluations within the division of Academic Affairs. Read Full Bio

Academic Affairs Org Chart with Responsibilities

Academic Affairs
Green Hall, Room 212
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628-0178
609.637.5161 FAX