Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Programs


The Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Programs serves to promote Iowa State University’s land-grant mission by supporting equitable student participation in transformative educational experiences that deepen students’ ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and make positive contributions to society. We accomplish this by collaborating with internal and external partners to empower our students to grow and thrive in an increasing technological, complex, and global society.


Undergraduate Programs

Through partnerships with colleges, central units, and industry leaders identify and help implement contemporary undergraduate programs that will enhance student learning and attract new student audiences. Expand academic program delivery to include a selected list of online credentialing opportunities.

Academic Enhancement

Across all demographic groups, promote and support a culture of active student engagement in high-impact educational practices (HIPs). Encourage faculty/staff to collect, review, and use direct assessment data of student learning to enhance the student experience.

Integrity of Academic Programs

Support department, program, and college reviews of academic programs with a focus on continuous improvement and promoting achievement of learning outcomes across all levels of a students’ academic experience.


Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Programs

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Associate Provost for Academic Programs

Sara Marcketti, Assistant Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Kelsey Gillen, Director of Academic Quality and Undergraduate Education

Susan Arendt, Faculty Fellow for Online Learning and Director of Iowa State Online  

Hayden Merkel, Student Success and Retention Specialist

Steve Mickelson, Special Advisor for Student Information Systems

Stephanie Negoda, Cyclone Support Specialist

Leif Olsen, Student Success and Retention Specialist

Jodi Sterle, Faculty Fellow for High Impact Practices

Lori Sutton, Administrative Specialist

Andrea Wheeler, Faculty Fellow for Student Success


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