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



Shelly Chabon, Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies

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

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.

Amy Mulkerin, Vice Provost for Academic Budget and Planning

Amy Mulkerin

Vice Provost for Academic Budget and Planning
amulk2@pdx.edu | 503.725.2277

Amy Mulkerin joined PSU in February 2021 as Vice Provost for Academic Budget and Planning.  Amy has spent her career providing strategic financial leadership in a mission-driven context.   She enjoys developing processes that align the use of financial resources with the delivery of the strategy and mission of the university.  As Vice Provost for Academic Budget and Planning, she oversees the strategic budget management of the units within Academic Affairs.