Mike Reynolds has been named to the position of associate provost at Hamline University, effective July 1, 2013. Reynolds has served as associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts since 2010 where he handles various student issues, first-year experiences including first year seminar, enrollment and part-time faculty hiring, and new faculty development, among other responsibilities. In addition, Reynolds has been a dedicated faculty member in Hamline’s English Department since 2001. His leadership has extended to roles as director of the Undergraduate Collaborative Research Program and co-director of faculty development involving issues of diversity and civic engagement. Reynolds has a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Lawrence University and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
“I look forward to working with Mike and am confident that his commitment to Hamline and his extensive experience here will increase the effectiveness of my own work and that of the Provost's Office as a whole,” Hamline Provost Eric Jensen said. “Mike will have a broad portfolio, including, but not limited to curricular issues, student retention, libraries and academic technology, and accreditation. Those of you who know Mike know that he has already been working on many of these issues.”
Reynolds says his desire for the associate provost position is based on an interest to address challenges such as coordinating curriculum and academic support around student success, and looking at impacts on students beyond the classroom. Reynolds is also excited about the collaborative people he’ll be working with in the Provost's Office. With his avid belief in Hamline's mission, and an already well established role at the university, Reynolds believes the office can accomplish a great deal.
Due to his interest in serving students, Reynolds has made this kind of work a large part of his current role in the Dean’s Office in the College of Liberal Arts. However, taking on the associate provost position will allow him to tackle this goal more directly. Moreover, due to his extensive involvement with people from all areas of campus, Reynolds believes he will be a good voice for the community.
In addition, Reynolds supports the idea of faculty who hold senior leadership positions teaching a class at Hamline, perhaps as often as each year depending on schedules. Reynolds hopes to teach a class again in the 2014-2015 school year.
The associate provost search attracted candidates from across the country. The search committee, comprised of Kim Koeppen, Mary Rockcastle, and Alan Sickbert, and chaired by Jenny Keil, evaluated each candidate and invited the three most highly-qualified finalists to campus for interviews.
Jenny Keil, who currently serves as associate provost, was instrumental in building and shaping the role into its current form. She will return to her role as a faculty member in the Hamline School of Business.