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About Academic Affairs

Who We Are

Academic Affairs is the central administrative office, with responsibility for the institutional academic mission, programming and policy implementation, support programs for academic personnel and students, academic fiscal management, and collective bargaining with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP-PSU Chapter), the Portland State University Faculty Association (PSUFA), and the Graduate Employee Union (GEU).

Academic Affairs is guided by the Provost who serves as chief academic officer of the university. Working with deans and other administrators, the Provost collaborates with the campus and external communities to achieve the academic mission and vision of the University.

The Vice Provosts in Academic Affairs bring a range of skills and expertise.

Academic Affairs is the administrative home for all academic units. See our organizational chart.

For individual Academic Affairs units, please refer to the Academic and Student Affairs Unit Contact Information. To review Portland State's administrative organization, see the university organizational chart.

Contact our Academic Affairs Office for more information.

Portland State University Mission

We serve and sustain a vibrant urban region through our creativity, collective knowledge and expertise. We are dedicated to collaborative learning, innovative research, sustainability and community engagement. We educate a diverse community of lifelong learners. Our research and teaching have global impact. Learn more about Portland State's mission, values, and position.

 

Photo of Susan Jeffords

Dr. Susan Jeffords, Ph.D.

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

 

MEET THE VICE PROVOSTS

Shelly Chabon

Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and Dean of Interdisciplinary General Education
Professor of Speech & Hearing Sciences
chabonr@pdx.edu | 503.725.3419

Shelly Chabon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and Dean of Interdisciplinary General Education, has worked in a university setting for over 35 years and formerly served at PSU as CLAS Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and as chair of and a professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. As a vice provost in OAA she directs leadership training and development of associate/assistant deans, department chairs and program directors; facilitates communication among faculty, union representatives and administrators; coordinates the development of departmental governance and oversees General Education including Honors College and University Studies, and Academic and Employee Labor Relations.

 

Michele Toppe

Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Dean of Student Life - Student Affairs
toppem@pdx.edu | 503.725.4422

Michele Toppe, Ed.D., has worked in higher education for over 30 years and has been at Portland State University since 1995. While at PSU, Michele created resource centers for veterans and students with children, installed and overseen the residence life program, advised student government and fee committee, planned major events such as New and Transfer Orientation, commencement and Party in the Park and managed numerous complex student issues, including student conduct, academic appeals, and student crises. As Vice Provost for Student Affairs in OAA, she oversees Student Affairs, which includes the Center for Student Health and CounselingUniversity Housing and Residence Life, and the Office of the Dean of Student Life (DOSL). DOSL includes a portfolio of campus life programs, including Student Activities and Leadership ProgramsQueer Student ServicesServices for Students with ChildrenWomen's Resource CenterStudent Conduct, and the C.A.R.E. team, PSU's behavioral intervention, and crisis response. Michele completed her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in Higher Education Management in the spring of 2017.

David Maddox

Interim Vice Provost for Academic Budget and Planning
maddox4@pdx.edu | 503.725.2277

Over his career in higher education, Dave Maddox has worked with colleges and universities across the U.S. in developing financial models and budget systems, assessing organizational models, and building new operating and funding models. Dave started his higher education management career in the Human Resources office at Vanderbilt, followed by several positions at the University of Chicago, ending with a stint as Deputy Director of that University’s budget office. He later started his own consulting practice, Resource Planning & Management Associates, which he has led for the last 19 years.  It was in this capacity that Dave started working with Portland State in November 2018.

Dave has worked with many institutions on designing or refining their resource allocation models, and his work has also encompassed analysis of administrative processes and costs, creation of decision models for academic leaders, and launching major new initiatives. Other projects have focused on specific administrative areas, such as information technology management, human resources management, facilities services, and campus child care services.