Professor Chris Waters

Chris Waters
Chris Waters, Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Christine M. Waters was appointed Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies in July, 2011.  Professor Waters joined the faculty at the University of Michigan-Flint as a visiting assistant professor in 1987, was appointed as an assistant professor in 1988, was promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in 1994, and to professor in 2009.  

Associate Provost Waters received her Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Arts and a terminal Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973, 1975 and 1977, respectively.  She served in a number of administrative roles including Interim Associate Dean from 1997 through 2000, Associate Dean from 2000 through 2005, and Interim Dean from January 1 through May 10, 2007, for the College of Arts and Sciences.  She also served as Acting Associate Provost from September 1, 2007 through August 17, 2008 and as Interim Associate Provost from August 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010. 

Associate Provost Waters was the founding professor of our current Art Program, now housed within the Department of Communication and Visual Arts and served several years as its Chair.  In addition she served as Interim Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Chair of the Department of Music and Art, member of the Executive Committee and several other committees in the College of Arts and Sciences.  She has served on the University Higher Learning Commission Self-Study Committee, Budget Priorities and Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, Space Committee, Chair of Governing Faculty, Bargaining Team University Member for LEO Negotiations, several search committees, and many other committees too numerous to mention.   

Exemplary service and leadership are indicative characteristics that first come to mind when describing Associate Provost Waters.  Her work as a painter reflects her commitment of the City of Flint and the University’s role in its revitalization, as evidenced by her series of paintings of Flint as viewed from the eleventh floor of the Northbank Center.  An ardent proponent of undergraduate education, student development and support, Professor Waters hopes this post will give her the opportunity to provide leadership in advancing academic excellence in undergraduate programs while facilitating the development of support activities to enhance student achievement and success.