OSWEGO -- Dr. Susan M. Coultrap-McQuin will be the
new provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Oswego,
President Deborah F. Stanley announced. Currently the
dean of social and behavioral sciences at Minnesota State University,
Mankato, Coultrap-McQuin will assume her position at Oswego in July.
"Dr. Coultrap-McQuin brings extensive administrative
experience and scholarly achievement to this important leadership role
on our campus," Stanley said. "I am delighted today to announce that
she will be joining Oswego's administrative team as our chief academic
The provost at Oswego oversees all the instructional
and academic programs of the college, including the College of Arts and
Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, facilities such as
Penfield Library, and administrative offices such as the Registrar's
Office and Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.
As a professor of women's studies and humanities at
the University of Minnesota at Duluth, Coultrap-McQuin received an
outstanding faculty award from the Student Association. She rose to
serve progressively as a program director, department head, institute
coordinator, study abroad director and acting associate dean at Duluth
before becoming dean at Mankato. She has twice served as acting vice
president of academic affairs at Mankato.
She is the author of numerous scholarly publications
and presentations. Her book "Doing Literary Business" on women writers
and their publishers won an "outstanding academic book" award from
Choice magazine in 1992. She earned her doctorate in American studies
from the University of Iowa. Her bachelor's degree in English and
French is from Iowa State University. She served in the Peace Corps in
"I am looking forward to the opportunity to work for
this outstanding university," Coultrap-McQuin said. "When I interviewed
for this position I was extremely impressed by the commitments of the
faculty, staff, and administration to providing the highest quality
learning opportunities for all students. We will achieve much together."
Among her many accomplishments at Mankato, she led a
variety of university projects including development of the first
university technology plan and the most recent enrollment management
plan, and she actively participated in the university's recently
concluded $38 million fund-raising campaign. During her nine years as
dean, she improved recruitment and retention of faculty and increased
faculty diversity; increased support for faculty research and
scholarship; and promoted active and applied learning, service
learning, internships, study abroad and research opportunities for
Coultrap-McQuin serves on the national board of
directors of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences and is a
consultant evaluator for the North Central Association, the accrediting
body for all colleges and universities in the north central states. She
is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and was president of its Mankato chapter.
SUNY Oswego began a nationwide search to fill the
position a year ago with the departure of Dr. John W. Presley. More
than 100 academics from around the nation applied for the position.