Through distinctive curricular experiences and identifiable outcomes that distinguish UM-Flint students, Academic Affairs fosters the disposition for excellence that is grounded in the best of the University of Michigan’s two hundred year history. We create coherent and efficient pathways to employment and advanced study by combining the best of liberal and professional education coupled with deep and respectful connections to the life of our community.

Dedicated to providing relevance and value for all students, we advance the strength and ambition of the faculty and support their work of discovery and creativity. Through strategic investments in faculty and programs we innovate to advance our mission and extend our influence as intellectual leaders. Our commitment to students is our primary concern and the key point of mission focus. Students represent UM-Flint’s primary agency of impact in society, and we embrace our responsibility and accountability as the primary conduits for the translation of institutional mission to students via our daily efforts.

Academic Affairs is comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education and Human Services, the School of Health Professions and Studies, the School of Management, the School of Nursing, the Frances Willson Thompson Library, the Office of Graduate Programs, the Office of Extended Learning, the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, the Thompson Center for Learning & Teaching, the University Honors ProgramUniversity Outreach, and Institutional Analysis.  Academic Affairs is led by the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs who serves as the chief academic officer of the campus and provides leadership in the pursuit of campus-wide academic excellence in support of the Strategic Plan for the University of Michigan-Flint.

Douglas G. Knerr, PhD

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Douglas Knerr serves as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of History at the University of Michigan-Flint. Prior to joining UM-Flint in July 2015, Provost Knerr served as Executive Vice President and University Provost at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He has maintained a committment to academic excellence and student success throughout his career as a faculty member and academic administrator. Provost Knerr is dedicated to innovation in academic programs and instructional methods and has the privilege of leading a team of talented academic leaders at the University of Michigan-Flint. As scholars, researchers and educators, the entire faculty of UM-Flint create a true community of learners who transform the lives of our students and of our region in powerful, innovative and authentic ways.

Provost Knerr's Convocation Addresses

2017:  "A Culture of Highest Learning"
2016:  "The Next 60"
2015:  "Welcome to the University of Michigan-Flint"

Highlights of Recent UM-Flint Accomplishments

Gilia C. Smith, PhD
Special Advisor to the Provost

Gilia Smith's responsibilities include representing the Office of the Provost across the University, facilitating communication between divisions and supporting the work of the academic deans. Her recent projects include strategic planning, general education, first year experience, program review, and helping to prepare the institution for HLC re-accreditation in 2019. Dr. Smith previously worked in academic affairs at Columbia University and holds a doctorate in Higher Education Research from UM-Ann Arbor.

Heidi Zayan
Executive Assistant

Heidi Zayan supports the operations of the Office of the Provost and the academic units reporting to Academic Affairs. She is the primary support for the promotion and tenure process as well as matters pertaining to budget, planning and faculty support.


Jill A. Hubbard
Administrative Assistant

Jill Hubbard supports the governing faculty of the University and the event calendar for the Office of the Provost and also serves the Office of the Chancellor.