The Office of Academic Affairs, under the leadership of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer, oversees the college’s academic programs and supports their work in educating students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Office of Academic Affairs works with faculty and staff in the college’s fifty-six undergraduate program areas and nine graduate programs to offer an engaging, high-quality educational experience for an intentionally diverse mix of learners.
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Academic Affairs Staff
Karen Kaivola, Ph.D.
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
As Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Karen Kaivola is responsible for the academic program at Augsburg College: she oversees undergraduate and graduate, liberal arts, and professional studies. The Provost provides intellectual and administrative leadership of the faculty, supervises the academic deans, serves on the President’s Cabinet, participates in strategic planning, and determines budget priorities for the academic program. She also has administrative responsibility for the Office of Academic Affairs, the Library, the Registrar’s Office, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Sabo Center for Citizenship and Learning, and the Center for Global Education as well as other international initiatives and programs.
Kaivola assumed the the role of Provost at Augsburg College on July 1, 2013. Prior to that appointment, she served as the Associate Provost for Faculty Development and J. Ollie Edmunds Chair at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. During her twenty-two years at Stetson, Kaivola taught courses on 20th-century literature and theory, modernism, and gender studies. Author of All Contraries Confounded, she has also published in a range of scholarly journals. Her most recent article, “Revisiting the Ramsays: Love, Alterity, and the Ethics of Difference in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse,” was published in Literature, Interpretation, Theory in Summer 2013. At Stetson, she also held administrative posts as Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and University Adviser on Gender Equity. Kaivola earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington.
Amy Gort, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Amy Gort has served as Assistant Vice President and Dean of Arts and Sciences since 2009. She had previously served as Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology at Concordia University, Saint Paul. Dr. Gort received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Areas of responsibility: Departments of American Indian Studies; Art; Biology; Chemistry; Communication Studies; Computer Science; Economics; English; History; Languages and Cross-cultural studies; Mathematics; Music; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Religion; Sociology; Theater. Strommen Center for Meaningful Work. Gage Center for Student Success. Accreditation Liaison for Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).
Lori Peterson, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies
Dr. Lori Peterson has served as Assistant Vice President and Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies since 2010. Prior to her appointment as Dean, she served as Director of Augsburg for Adults, the college’s adult undergraduate program and earlier, as a faculty member in Business Administration. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing from the Carlson School of Management; her master’s in adult education/human resource development, and her Ph.D. in organization development/international human resource development; all from the University of Minnesota.
Areas of responsibility: Departments of Business Administration; Education; Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science; Nursing; and Social Work. Graduate Programs in Business, Education, Leadership, Nursing, Social Work, Physician Assistant Studies, Fine Arts/Creative Writing, and Music Therapy. Augsburg’s adult undergraduate programs. Rochester location.
Eric A. Canny
Dean of Global Education
Eric A. Canny assumed the role of Dean of Global Education on September 1, 2014. Prior to joining Augsburg, he was executive director of International Learning at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, where he developed a comprehensive vision for global learning, significantly expanded international opportunities for students and faculty, and helped integrate global education into the curriculum. Prior to that, he held international leadership positions at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, as well as New York University in Lower Manhattan and Florence, Italy. He received his bachelor’s in fine arts and master’s in education from New York University. He is completing his Doctorate in Global Executive Leadership, focusing on higher education, from USC’s Rossier School of Education.
Areas of Responsibility: The Center for Global Education. Augsburg Abroad. Internationalization of academic programs and curriculum. Faculty-led off-campus programs. Strategic recruitment and retention of international students (in collaboration with other college divisions).
Nathan Hallanger, Ph.D.
Dr. Hallanger is a graduate of Augustana College (SD), Harvard Divinity School, and the Graduate Theological Union.
Areas of Responsibility: Budgeting for academic affairs; data analysis; survey reporting; oversight of faculty contracting and faculty payroll; special projects.
Catherine Bishop, J.D.
Ms. Bishop received her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and her J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law.
Areas of Responsibility: Support and analysis for assessment committee; AugSem (first-year experience); faculty contracts and payroll; AU program analysis and transition (adult undergraduate program); survey reporting.
Jay Phinney, M.A.
Academic Affairs Coordinator
Mr. Phinney is a graduate of Augsburg College, and he received his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
Areas of Responsibility: Faculty teaching load tracking and changes; course and instructor changes and updates; faculty data entry.
Judi Green, M.A.
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Ms. Green is a graduate of Bethel University. She received her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
Areas of Responsibility: Support for the Provost; scheduling for Provost and Deans. Supports faculty Academic Affairs and Graduate Academic Affairs Committees, and the Committee on Tenure and Promotion. Oversees full-time faculty recruiting. Supports commencement and academic college events.