Provost and Staff


Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix served as Dean of the College of Creative Arts for 9 years prior to assuming the role of Interim Provost. She is a Full Professor of theatre studies and, prior to serving as Dean, was the Chair of the Department of Theatre at Miami for 7 years. Prior to coming to Miami, Dr. Mullenix was a faculty member at Illinois State University for 11 years, where she was also the Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Theatre and Dance and an Associate Dean for the College of Fine Arts. As a cultural historian, Dean Mullenix writes about antebellum performance during the American Civil War, with an emphasis on race and gender. Her essays have appeared as book chapters as well as articles in Theatre History Studies, Theatre Survey, The Drama Review (TDR), and Theatre Journal among others. Her book Wearing the Breeches: Gender on the Antebellum Stage was published by St. Martin’s Press Palgrave, and her second monograph Staging Stowe: Abolitionist Theatre and the Performance of Race is currently in progress. Mullenix has served as the chief editor of Theatre History Studies, an executive member of the American Society for Theatre Research, a member of the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and currently sits on the Board of the Richmond Shakespeare Festival.

Amy Bergerson, Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education

Dr. Amy Bergerson oversees undergraduate academic advising, College Credit Plus, Accessibility training for faculty, oversees undergraduate academic advising, co-coordination of UNV 101, College Credit Plus, accessibility training for faculty Provost Student Academic Achievement Awards, student grievances, FOCUS program, Prodesse Scholars program, and undergraduate curricular approvals. Additionally she collaborates closely with Student Life to coordinate UNV 101 and other student success initiatives. She serves on the Student Success Committee, University Retention & Persistence Committee, CIVITAS Committee, and the Alcohol Coordinating committee and will collaborate with University Libraries to oversee the Affordable and Open Education Resource Committee. Direct reporting lines include the Honors College and Academic Integrity. 

Lindsay Carpenter, Associate Vice President for Budget and Analytics

Lindsay Carpenter manages the Provost's Office budgets and surrounding operational process for budgets that report to Academic Affairs. Ms. Carpenter assists in budget analysis and planning for Academic Affairs units. She is the liaison between Academic Affairs and the Physical Facilities Department for space allocation and renovation and building projects, as well as with Information Technology Services (IT) for project coordination. In addition, she serves on the Space Utilization Group Committee, Oxford Pride Award Committee, Classroom Enhancement Council, IT Academic and IT Administrative Planning Committees, Fiscal Priorities Committee, and Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) Committee.

Dana Cox, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

Dr. Dana C. Cox serves as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. She acts as the primary contact for, and leader of faculty initiatives, building on leadership experiences in University Senate and the Safe Return to Campus Planning and Coordinating Committee.  In addition to being an advocate for faculty within the Provost's office, she will be working on the recruitment, hiring, mentoring, support, promotion and retention of faculty. She is also charged with collaborating on leadership development for faculty and chairs and contributing to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts as they relate to faculty and chairs, (e.g.,  Mid-Amerincan Academic Leadership Development program, overseeing major University awards and contributing to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts as they relate to faculty. Reporting lines include the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Michael W. Crowder, Associate Provost and Dean, Graduate School | Graduate School

Dr. Michael Crowder is the chief administrator of graduate programs, including recruiting, admissions, and student support; student retention; guidelines and policies; and program quality. He chairs the Graduate Council and is ex officio on and provides management support for graduate award and scholarship committees.  

Ruth Groom, Associate Vice President for Academic Personnel | Academic Personnel Services

Ruth GroomRuth Groom is responsible for evaluating and providing recommendations for efficient use of University resources to serve the needs of faculty and Academic Affairs support units. This includes providing research data and analysis information regarding faculty and academic staff composition, recruitment, retention, compensation, compliance, diversity-related initiatives, performance evaluation, and data-driven insights, as well as recommending policy and procedures.

Carolyn A. Haynes, Senior Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Carolyn Haynes oversees undergraduate curricular processes and coordinates all major strategic academic initiatives including Boldly Creative, Academic Program Evaluation, Improvement and Prioritization, Miami Academic Incubator Program, and MiamiRISE. She also serves as Miami’s representative with the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s academic initiatives, e.g., Ohio Transfer 36, Transfer Assurance Guides, Guaranteed Pathways, and Affordability and Efficiency Reporting, is the Accreditation Liaison Officer with the HLC. Additionally, she coordinates undergraduate academic policy, review of departmental and divisional governance documents, and academic partnerships. Reporting lines include Armstrong Institute of Interactive Media Studies, Office of Liberal Education,and Howe Center for Writing Excellence. Dr. Haynes also supports Miami Online on the Oxford Campus.

Susan McDowell, Vice President for Research and Innovation

Dr. Susan McDowell is committed to working with faculty, students, and staff of Miami University to advance our long-standing commitment to excellence in research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. McDowell, who built an academic career on the teacher-scholar model, joins us in seeing excellence in scholarship as integral to excellence in teaching and looks forward to leading the Office of Research and Innovation in service to this mission. Prior to Miami, McDowell served as the Vice Provost for Research at Ball State University since 2017.

Padma Patil, Associate Vice President, Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Padma PatilPadma Patil has been named Miami University’s new Associate Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness, effective April 1, 2022.  Previously she served as the Director of Analysis and Research for the Commonwealth Campuses at Penn State, where she oversees institutional research for 20 locations across Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on identifying trends and opportunities in support of student achievement and outcomes as well as academic program optimization.  During her 11 years at Penn State, she has held multiple positions related to institutional research, strategic planning, and student success. Teaching experience includes courses in business writing and marketing communications at Penn State and Syracuse University. Prior to working in higher education, Patil had an extensive career in consumer goods marketing, managing food brands such as Entenmann’s and Thomas’ and serving clients such as Kodak and Motorola. 

Cheryl Young, Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives and Continuing Education | Global Initiatives

Dr. Cheryl Young leads the Global Initiatives team in support of comprehensive internationalization at Miami University with a focus on sustaining and expanding student mobility, international partnerships, faculty globally focused efforts, and diverse co-curricular programming. Units reporting to Global Initiatives include International Student & Scholar Services, Education Abroad, the Center for American & World Cultures, and Continuing Education.

Jennifer Walter, Executive Assistant to the Provost