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Office of Academic Affairs

Dr. Mark S. Schantz with students

The BSC provost is the college’s chief academic officer with broad responsibilities for the full range of the college’s academic program and support services. The provost and the Office of Academic Affairs oversee faculty and academic departments, the curriculum, academic records, the college library, advising, and BSC’s special programs, including those in leadership, honors, international study, and service-learning.

Here’s who you’ll find in the Office of Academic Affairs:

Dr. Mark S. Schantz, Provost (mschantz@bsc.edu; 226-4650)
Dr. Schantz came to the position of provost at BSC in 2009 with rich scholarly and administrative experience. He has published and lectured extensively on American history and written two books, “Piety in Providence: Class Dimensions of Religious Experience in Antebellum Rhode Island” and “Awaiting the Heavenly Country: The Civil War and America’s Culture of Death.” As a professor of history, he continues to be active in teaching and advising and was recently featured in the acclaimed PBS documentary “Death and the Civil War.”

Before coming to BSC, Dr. Schantz served as associate provost for engaged learning, director of the Odyssey Program, and professor of history at Hendrix College. He served as BSC’s interim president from 2010 to 2011. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Schantz received his bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, his master’s from Yale University, and his doctorate from Emory University. He completed the Management Development Program in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University in summer 2007.

Dr. Susan K. Hagen, Associate Provost (shagen@bsc.edu; 226-4660)
Dr. Hagen has been a member of the BSC faculty since 1976, with publications on medieval allegory, Chaucer, and the 14th-century English author Julian of Norwich. She served as coordinator of the English faculty, chair of the division of humanities, and associate dean of the college before assuming her current role. Several summers she has taught courses on Chaucer’s poetry at St. John’s College, Oxford, as part of the British Studies at Oxford program, and was selected as BSC’s Commencement speaker in 2011.

As associate provost, Dr. Hagen assists the provost with the administration of the academic program, with special focus on the Explorations general education curriculum and faculty development. She remains active in teaching and advising as the Mary Collett Munger Professor of English and director of the Harrison Honors Program. She also serves as a senator of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She received her bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her master’s degree is from the University of Maryland and her doctorate from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Kathleen Greer Rossmann, Associate Provost for Academic Advising (krossman@bsc.edu; 226-4603)
Dr. Rossmann joined the BSC faculty in 1999.  Her teaching and research focus on a variety of applied microeconomic topics including taxation, environmental economics, and industrial organization.  She has served in a variety of roles for the college; her current administrative focus is on academic advising.  Dr. Rossmann received a bachelor’s degree from Furman University and a doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Martha Ann Stevenson, Assistant Provost (mstevens@bsc.edu; 226-4648)
Ms. Stevenson has been on the staff at Birmingham-Southern since 1986. As Assistant Provost, she helps coordinate the college’s retention efforts, meets with and counsels students having academic difficulty, and works closely with the Student Development Office and the Care Team helping students at risk. She serves as a resource for parents and acts as a liaison between faculty and families. She assists with the preparation of the college’s academic calendar and with the annual revision of the catalog. Ms. Stevenson also coordinates the Seedling Grant Program and the Charles B. Vail College Fellows Program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and her master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Angela White, Academic Affairs Assistant (awhite@bsc.edu; 226-4650)
Ms. White supports the work of the provost, associate, and assistant provost and assists faculty, staff, and students who interact with the office. She also works on special projects and planning events, including the Fine Arts Society, faculty orientation, the opening of school, Commencement, and Honors Day, and she supervises the college’s academic support staff. Ms. White is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Birmingham-Southern and also serves as a hall advisor for the Lakeview North and South residence halls and as advisor for BSC’s yearbook, Southern Accent.

Rhonda Constance, Administrative Assistant to the Provost (rconstan@bsc.edu; 226-4651)
Ms. Constance has been on staff at Birmingham-Southern since 1998. As administrative assistant, she is responsible for maintaining multiple worksheets containing faculty information, issuing letters of faculty employment, and annual contracts. She works on the collection of data needed for the preparation of the annual college budget, tracks expenses for various budgets, and provides varied support to the provost, associate provosts, and assistant provost.