About the Provost

Cheryl Brandsen

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.

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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:

Stanley Haan

Professor, Dean for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics
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Elizabeth Vander Lei

Academic Dean
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Michael Stob

Dean, Academic Administration
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Tom Steenwyk

Director of Academic Services and Registrar
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Matthew Walhout

Dean for Research and Scholarship, Professor
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Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim

Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
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William Katerberg

History Professor
CAS Department Co-chair
Mellema Program Director
Associate Dean for Programs and Partnerships
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Todd Dornbos

Director of Retention; Associate Dean for Curriculum and Planning; Director of First-Year Initiatives
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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:

James Rooks

Professor, Dean of Education
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Donald De Graaf

Professor, director, Off-Campus Programs
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Jeffrey Bouman

Director, Service-Learning Center
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Gail Heffner

Director of Community Engagement
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