About the Provost
Dr. Cheryl Brandsen (PhD, sociology and social work, Michigan State University, 2001) is the eighth chief academic officer of Calvin College, a position she assumed in 2014. Provost Brandsen has served in various roles at her alma mater since 1989, including six years as an academic dean (2008–2014) and six years as department chair for the sociology and social work department (2002–2008). She has 25 years of experience in the classroom teaching sociology and social work courses, especially in her areas of scholarly work: gerontology, death and dying, and the ways in which Christian faith—particularly the Reformed tradition—shapes and informs policy regarding end-of-life care.
The Provost’s Council
The Provost’s Council meets regularly to advise the provost regarding strategic planning and the development of policy and programs. The Provost’s Council comprises the following deans and directors:
The Academic Council
The Academic Council meets periodically to coordinate and implement broad, division-wide strategic initiatives. In addition to the deans and directors listed above, the Academic Council includes the following: