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Office of Academic Affairs

Dr. Michelle Behr 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. Michelle Behr, Provost (mbehr@bsc.edu; 226-4650)
Dr. Michelle Behr came to the position of provost at BSC in July of 2014.  Her academic career spans more than 25 years, including a wealth of experience in higher education administration. She served as associate provost for academic initiatives at Western New Mexico University as well as acting dean at the University of Northern Colorado. In 2005-2006, Behr was selected as a Fellow of the American Council on Education. 

Dr. Behr received her bachelor's degree in anthropology with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her master's degree in anthropology and Ph.D. in geography from Arizona State University. An active scholar, Behr has published and presented extensively on topics ranging from higher education leadership to population demography.  Her research has been featured in publications such as Population Research and Policy Review, Economic Geography, The Professional Geographer, and New Mexico Magazine. Behr has also been a Fulbright Scholar as well as principal investigator for a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant.

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.

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 provosts, and the assistant provost, as well as assists faculty, staff, and students who interact with the office. She works on special projects and planning events, including faculty orientation, opening of school activities, Honors Day, and Commencement. Ms. White also serves as administrator for the Institutional Review Board. Ms. White is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Birmingham-Southern and a hall advisor for the Lakeview North and South residence halls. Additionally, Ms. White serves 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.